Chocolate Crackles

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These sweet small treats are great if your kids need an afternoon pick-me-up: sugary enough to taste decadent, but with a few “good for you” ingredients thrown in.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups rice-crisp cereal
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  1. Combine all the ingredients except the coconut oil in a large bowl.
  2. Melt the coconut oil and drizzle over the dry ingredients, then mix well.
  3. Divide the mixture evenly among 30 mini muffin cups (alternatively, just press into mini cupcake liners and place on a tray). Refrigerate for 30 minutes to set.

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Mark and Erase Pictures

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Veronika loves to color now, especially whenever she sees her older brother doing coloring book pages. As a result, we’re quickly running out of white printer paper, as I give her sheet after sheet to scribble on. Here’s a great way to let your toddler draw over and over, without the waste!

I drew shapes and easy lines to follow on a few sheets of white paper, then slipped them into plastic lamination pouches.

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Veronika immediately began using markers on the plastic pouches. It fascinated her that there were already colors and shapes there to see, as she scribbled busily over them.

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I demonstrated how she could follow along over my easy shapes, either with the same color or a different one. Obviously she’s way too young for this kind of pen control, but you can introduce the concept now, and then it becomes a game that will grow with your child.

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When the pages were filled with her scribbles, I simple wiped clean with a damp paper towel. Now the fun could begin all over again, no wasted paper! I’m definitely going to bring along a couple sheets like this the next time we’re in a restaurant, too.

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