Since moving to Ottawa 4.5 years ago, I have been very fortunate to make some amazing friends who have become like family to me. From the time our oldest kids were about 15 months old until they started junior kindergarten last year, we would get together at least once a week and often much more frequently than that! While we still get together with the younger kids on a weekly basis, the four oldest kids go to three different schools since most of us are in different neighbourhoods so Ashlyn doesn’t get to see her old friends very often because weekends are so busy for everyone. When all of the local schools had a day off together last Friday, I made sure to book the kids for a Crafternoon party (the name was too cute to give up, even though the party was in the morning), which was sponsored by Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Multi-Grain Shapes and Mom Central.
I am the first to admit that I’m not the mom who runs around playing at the park, but I am the mom who always says yes to crafts! I was sent a box full of Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Multi-Grain Shapes cereal and some craft supplies to get my ideas flowing. I knew that I wanted to keep the crafts fairly simple so the kids could do most of the work themselves. I decided to have them make some fun paper plate masks so the kids could use the paint and get creative, and since it had been so cold, paper snowflakes seemed appropriate. I wanted a third project since I wasn’t sure how long the kids would take to complete their crafts but I was stumped, until Ashlyn came up with the perfect idea: construction paper gingerbread men! She even helped me get the table set up.
The masks were a big hit. We had four 5 year olds and two 3 year olds and they all got right to work, creating their own masterpieces. When that was done, we moved on to decorating the gingerbread men, since you could use the same supplies.
Since half the fun of Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Multi-Grain Shapes cereal is the shapes, that became the ‘theme’ of many of the creations and I made sure to have some basic shape stickers for the kids to use for decorating. I also know that any successful play date involves one very important thing: a snack! No matter how busy I am, I make sure I have a snack in my bag when we’re on the go. To go with the art and shape theme, I came up with an idea I’m pretty proud of: pudding painting! I gave each child a plate, spoon, some chocolate pudding and a serving of Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Multi-Grain Shapes and let them create and then eat their snack. As you can see, it didn’t take long for their creations to disappear!
The kids thought they were having a big treat, but when the pudding is made with milk and the Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Multi-Grain Shapes cereal contains no artificial flavours or colours, 20 per cent of the daily value of Vitamin D, 11 grams of whole grains per serving, plus fibre, and eight essential nutrients, it was actually a really healthy snack! They were all thrilled to get their own little containers of Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Multi-Grain Shapes to take home with them (and a few of those bowls were opened before they even left our house). You can find Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Multi-Grain Shapes in your grocery store cereal aisle now.
Disclosure: I am part of the Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Multi-Grain Shapes Blogger Campaign with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are always my own.