Ramadan Crispy Rice Treats!
This fun recipe is great for getting all the children involved in a Ramadan-themed activity. It is best suited for older children in smaller groups.
Please be aware that, although very small children do not fast at Ramadan it is still important to engage with parents on what they feel is appropriate for their children in this period, which may include avoiding certain food types, to include them in the festivities.
Follow our simple step-by-step guide to have a go at this activity today:
What you will need:
- 4tbsp halal butter (You can find some here)
- 400g halal marshmallows (these are a great option!)
- 338g puffed rice cereal
- 1tsp vanilla extract
- 11 x 13” (or equivalent) baking tin
- Large mixing bowl
- Microwave-safe bowl (3-4 times larger than the amount of marshmallows, as they will expand when microwaved! If you don’t have a bowl big enough you can always melt them in sections)
- Tsp measuring spoon
- Tbsp measuring spoon
- Wooden spoon or silicone spatula
- Blunt knife
Preparing the activity:
Depending on your children’s age and ability, you can involve them in the preparation stage, or do this before the activity starts.
- Using the scales, encourage your children to weigh out 400g of the marshmallows.
- Enable a child (or a few children) to measure out 4tbsp of butter and 1 tsp of vanilla extract. Both this and measuring the marshmallows are a great opportunity for children to exercise some maths skills, identifying the numbers on the scales and counting the tbsps..
- Help some children grease the baking tin with some of the butter.
Doing the activity:
- Help the children microwave the marshmallows in the microwave-safe bowl in 30-second intervals until they are melted. Stir in between every 30 seconds to check for any lumps.
- Ask the children to add the butter to the marshmallows and stir in (you may need to microwave for another 30 seconds if the butter is not melting).
- Encourage one child to add the vanilla extract to the mixture.
- Help the children pour in the puffed rice cereal and mix until the cereal is completely covered by marshmallow. This part is fantastic for those fine motor skills with large movements for stirring the bowl and finer movements needed for making sure all the puffed rice is incorporated into the mixture.
- Ask a child, or some children, to scoop the mixture into the greased baking tin.
- Help the children to use the spoon/spatula to pat down the mixture so it is compact and flat.
- Leave to set for 30 minutes in the fridge.
- Once set, the crispy rice treats can be cut into squares and shared out.
During this activity, make sure to remind children why you’re making these snacks; because we’re celebrating Ramadan! Because they’re halal, these treats are suitable to be eaten either during the day by a non-fasting Muslim, or after sundown by a fasting Muslim (for various reasons related to health or age, not all Muslims fast). If you want to know more about Ramadan, take a look at That Nursery Life’s article What Is Ramadan?
You can add white chocolate, sherbet or even sprinkles to decorate your crispy rice treats - just make sure they’re halal!
Tracking the activity:
Physical Development: Moving and Handling: “Uses one-handed tools and equipment, e.g. makes snips in paper with child scissors.”
Mathematics: Numbers: “Recites numbers in order to 10.”
Understanding the world: People and communities: “Shows interest in the lives of people who are familiar to them.; Shows interest in different occupations and ways of life.; Knows some of the things that make them unique, and can talk about some of the similarities and differences in relation to friends or family.”
Physical Development: Moving and Handling: “Uses simple tools to effect changes to materials.; Handles tools, objects, construction and malleable materials safely and with increasing control.; Shows a preference for a dominant hand.”