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Heart Shaped Rice Crispy Treats – by Sarah Lambright, MOTR/L

Heart Shaped Rice Crispy Treats – by Sarah Lambright, MOTR/L

This Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to get your kids in the kitchen for an easy-to-do treat, after all, the holiday is on the weekend this year! Not only can this treat by gluten free, if you choose, but it also can be adapted to work on reading and math skills as well as meal prep, strength, messy play, direction following, and finger isolation. This quick treat is flexible based on the skill level of your child. Give it a try!


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3 Tablespoons butter

4 cups mini marshmallows

6 cups rice cereal

pink, red, white m&m’s


  1. Place butter and marshmallows in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 3 minutes
  2. In a separate bowl, measure out 6 cups of cereal
  3. Pour melted marshmallow and butter mixture into the cereal and stir to mix
  4. Press firmly into a 9×13 pan and let sit for 10 minutes
  5. Use heart shaped cookie cutters to press out heart shaped treats
  6. Decorate by pushing m&m candies into treat


Helpful hints:

-I write out the recipe on an 8×10 piece of paper, with each step clearly numbered. Here’s where your child can work on reading and direction following!

-I work on meal preparation and math skills by having my child help me collect all the materials needed for this treat and measure out the ingredients needed.

-This treat is great for strength and messy play. Have your child help stir the marshmallow mixture with a spoon first to get it started for strength and then let them dive in with their hands, after they wash of course, to mix further.

-Messy play can continue by having your child touch the mixture to press firmly into 9×13 pan.

-Work on finger isolation by having your child use only their index finger to push m&m’s into the treat


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Melissa Masterino-Clack