The most wonderful time of the year is almost here. For me it’s not about the presents, the decorations or the music — although that certainly helps make it special. The holidays, for me, are about spending time with my family. From mid-November through to early January, my family bonds in the kitchen. Everyone joins in and helps make special treats to give and to share with others. So it was fitting that this year we were asked by Rice Krispies to participate in their Treats for Toys campaign.
- Making delicious, classic Rice Krispie squares – check
- Creating and decorating a fun toy-shaped treat – check
- Having fun in the kitchen with my family – check
Yup. All requirements have been met for holiday fun in the kitchen.
What makes this even better though is that for each toy-shaped treat uploaded to RiceKrispies.ca, Kellogg’s will make a donation of $20 to the The Salvation Army. The Salvation Army then uses these donations to buy toys for children in need across Canada for the holidays. So not only are we having fun in the kitchen we’re helping make memories for other children too.
I called my Mom in to join us for this, since she’s the reason we all love spending so much time in the kitchen. She also has a special patience with the girls in the kitchen that can only come from the heart of a grandmother. We took our time building our treat and ended up having a relaxing afternoon in the kitchen that was focused primarily on the kids. Most of the building they were able to do without our help at all.
The girls gave it a kid rating of 4 out of 5. They would have given it 5 but I wouldn’t let them eat it when they were done. What? It was too pretty!
We decided to make the train found at ricekrispies.ca. Trains hold a special place in our heart around here. We have a die cast train that runs under our Christmas tree each year and provides hours of entertainment for everyone in this house and my girls are big fans of The Polar Bear Express. The train seemed fitting for us. It looks perfect under the small tree on my kitchen counter. Also, when it’s made with love it becomes a work of art, right?
Disclosure: I was compensated for this post by Kellogg’s Canada. All opinions expressed are my own.