Posted By Clod on February 17, 2011
What you’ll need:
1/2 bag of semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 bag of butterscotch chips or peanut butter chips
1 can of dry chow mein noodles
Marshmallows or chocolate eggs
3 mixing bowls
Wax paper or nonstick cooking sheet
Kids love preparing food. Any recipe that doesn’t require use of the stove can be fun for both kids and parents. Cooking develops small-motor and decision-making skills, and encourages sharing — both of the work and the result!
This activity can be messy, so make sure that the children have a place where they can safely make a mess. Put the chips in different bowls and melt them in the microwave oven or in a pan on the stove (you could melt them together, but mixing the two together is part of the fun).
What to do:
Let the children mix the melted chips together in a large bowl. Be sure the bowl is large enough to hold the chow mein noodles. Once the melted chips are mixed, add in the noodles. Let the children mix in the noodles until you have a paste. Then spoon the mixture out in small handful-size globs onto a nonstick cookie sheet or a regular cookie sheet covered with wax paper. Let the children use their hands to shape the globs into bird-nest shapes. A thumb or spoon can be used to press a hollow space in the center. Place the chocolate eggs or marshmallows into the center of the nests as “eggs.” Chill the bird nests in the refrigerator until hardened.