Spending time in the kitchen with your kids is a great way to teach them how to cook and bake -- and it's also quality time they might have otherwise spent in front of the television. Get kids off the couch and into the kitchen to learn new facts and skills with these quick, easy treats that young ones can make.
Rice Krispies Treats
Quite possibly the easiest confection in the world to make, Rice Krispies Treats are also among the most delicious. They consist of three ingredients — butter, marshmallows and cereal — but taste like they took a lot more effort. Simply melt butter and marshmallows together, then stir in the cereal. Flatten the mix out on a cookie sheet and let dry. Keeping kids away from the stove might be a concern, but they can do every other easy task on the recipe list.
It might be a camping staple, but there's something about this revered combination of marshmallow, graham cracker and chocolate that's impossible to resist until your next camping trip. So don't! You can make them at home. If you have a gas-powered stove, put marshmallows on a couple sticks and roast over the fire. Place marshmallows between graham crackers with some chocolate. Kids can pretend they're camping and making their own food.
Perfect for summer, ice pops are a cool, delicious treat that's refreshing and fun. Some of the ice pops you buy in stores, however, are packed with food coloring and high-fructose corn syrup, which can be harmful in large amounts. So make your own! Buy an ice pop tray from a grocery or big-box store. These usually come with plastic sticks to insert, so there's no need to buy extra wooden sticks. Have your child create his favorite juice concoction, and add tiny fruit pieces into the mix. Pour the mixture into the ice pop trays and freeze. In hours, you'll have a tasty, homemade treat without the additives.
All you need is cake mix, frosting, lollipop sticks and melting chocolate to get started. Bake the cake yourself and let it cool, then crumble it into a bowl and add in the frosting. Stir the mixture until no cake chunks are left, then form the mixture into one-inch balls and freeze for one hour. Here's where the kids come in. Melt the chocolate in a bowl and let them place sticks into the cake balls. Dip to coat them with chocolate and top off with your favorite sprinkles and baking decorations.