Squishy. Crunchy. Stretchy. Sticky.
All wonderful sensations just experienced in the making of this quintessential preschool snack idea.
… Any guesses?
Since this is a quick recipe with only three main ingredients, I try to let each of the kids make their own mini-batch.
I start with letting each child squish a bunch of marshmallows into a one-cup measuring cup, and then add one tablespoon of butter (or coconut oil) to their microwave-friendly mixing bowl. I have them help me push the buttons on the microwave to melt the marshmallows, about 35 seconds to 1 minute, depending on microwave strength.
Then, they add one and a half cups of Rice Krispies to the marshmallow-and-butter mixture and stir. This sticky, crunchy, tough to stir mixture is a great sensory experience, especially with all of those crackles and crunches while children stir.
Almost any cereal can substitute in for this recipe, and you can use natural (or vegan) marshmallows to great result, so feel free to improvise or adapt this recipe to your own food preferences. (I also like to add a drizzle of caramel or chocolate at the end, but that just might be too far for some people.)