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Edible Earth: Rice Krispy Treats for Earth Day

One great, big Rice Krispy treat shaped and colored like the Earth… genius! I can’t take full credit for this idea, I actually found it on The Idea Box (if you visit their link, the photo you see there is mine, I work for them) while going through and deciding on a few crafts to make and photograph for the site.

When I told Dominic, my 11 year old about it, he wanted to help. I love how his eyes light up when I tell him he can help. He’s my youngest and the only one left of the four that still wants to putter around in the kitchen with me!

You basically just make Rice Krispy treats, shape it into a circle on a pizza pan, then use a clean paintbrush or pastry brush to paint on some lightly watered down food coloring.

Hope you have a great Earth Day!

Rice Krispy Treat Edible Earth
printable version

3 tablespoons butter
1 10-oz package of marshmallows (or 4 cups mini marshmallows)
6 cups crispy rice cereal
blue and green food coloring
2 small dishes with 2 tablespoons of water in each
pastry brush
2 plastic baggies
2 rubber bands
cooking spray
pizza pan

Melt the butter of medium heat in a stock pot. Add the marshmallows and continue cooking, stirring constantly, until marshmallows are melted. Remove from heat and add cereal. Stir to combine them dump out onto the pizza pan.

Have child put baggies on their hands, secure them around their wrists with rubber bands. Spray the palm side of the baggies with cooking spray.

Have child shape the cereal mixture into a large circle on the pizza pan. Don’t pack the cereal mixture down too hard or they will become tough and hard to chew.

Add a few drops of blue food coloring to one of the dishes of water, and add a few drops of green to the other. Use a clean pastry brush to “paint on” the land and the water.

If you’d like to make a fun Earth craft with your kids, try my textured globe earth craft, or if your kids are little, they’ll love this coffee filter Earth from The Idea Box!

Have fun!

While I usually reserve this for my craft blog, I’m submitting this to the following craft carnivals. To see some other awesome projects, be sure to visit them!

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41 Responses to Edible Earth: Rice Krispy Treats for Earth Day

  1. 1
    cookies and cups says:

    Very cute! I bet I could eat the whole planet myself ;)

  2. 2
    jose manuel says:

    Que receta más curiosa. Un saludo

  3. 3
    Elle says:

    What a great idea! My kids are always looking for a reason to make Rice Krispie Treats.

  4. 4
    Maria says:

    Love this post! Happy Earth Day!

  5. 5
    Kathleen says:

    I love rice krispie treats! What a fun way to celebrate Earth Day!

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    Katrina says:

    Awesome. I'm all about the rice krispies treats (besides all the other things I'm all about! ;)
    My boys would LOVE to paint on krispies!

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    Terri says:

    My elderly mom is a huge fan of rice crispy treats. I can't wait to show her this. She'll get a kick out of it. She's still able to cook for herself, and there's always a pan of RC treats when I go to visit. Really cute Amanda.

  8. 8
    Snooky doodle says:

    what a nice idea :)

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    Barbara @ VinoLuciStyle says:

    Have to laugh; this reminds me of a very similar project I helped my daughter do in high school. We made a cake for Earth Day, three layers carved into a semi circle and painted everything with icing.

    The intent was to eat if afterwards but my daughter was so proud of it, that didn't happen and it sat til it was too stale. Then it ended up in a box in her closet and it was just a couple of months ago I came upon it when clearing out stuff; she's 26 now!

    Thanks for the memories and just a note…if you don't want it to turn hard and stale and eventually to dust; eat it now!

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    Linda@Coastal Charm says:

    Looks soooo good…Happy Earth Day! Hope you have a great week:)

    Blessings,
    Linda

    I’m having a GIVEAWAY…come by and check it out…I think you will like it!

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    noble pig says:

    Seriously that is so creative! Adorable!!

  12. 12
    Deeba PAB says:

    Cool and ever so creative Amanda. This is just great!!

  13. 13
    Chow and Chatter says:

    oh this is very cool love it

  14. 14
    Allison @ House of Hepworths says:

    Thanks for linking up to my blog roll!! Sorry it's taken me so long to stop by and say thanks. Busy busy!

    What a really great idea! I love rice crispie treats.

  15. 15
    Tasty Eats At Home says:

    How cute! My youngest might think this was cool, but the older two would just think it was silly. But I think it's fun!

  16. 16
    5 Star Foodie says:

    So cool, I love this idea!

  17. 17
    Bob says:

    Ha, awesome! I love it.

  18. 18
    Aiming4Simple says:

    I like it! I thought about making a healthier incarnation of this with broccoli and blueberries. But I haven't gone to the store yet this week.

  19. 19
    michelle@somedaycrafts says:

    mmmm…I want rice krispies now!! They look so yummy!! Thanks for linking up we featured you today so come on over and grab a button!!

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    Kendra Goodrich says:

    Cool idea! I never had thought to 'paint' rice crispies. You could have a lot of fun with that!

  21. 21
    Kim @ seven thirty three says:

    Yummmm! Looks delicious! Great Earth Day project.

    THanks for linking up with What are little boys made of?

  22. 22
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  23. 23
    Lanie Ree says:

    Whoa, this is awesome! I never would have thought of this. Heck, I'm gonna make one for my husband! (he loves rice krispy treats, and maps. And he hates cake. And it's his birthday this weekend. So perfect.)

    Thank you for linking this to A Little Craft Therapy, with Life in the Pitts.

  24. 24
    Amy @ Positively Splendid says:

    How fun!! We might do this as a late Earth Day celebration. Thanks for sharing!

  25. 25
    aurorafedora says:

    how cool is this?!! will have to file this away til my grandson is a bit older! but so clever!

  26. 26
    biz319 says:

    What a great idea Amanda! I love when my daughter is home and helps me make dinner – it's just such a great way to connect at the end of a busy day!

  27. 27
    Megan says:

    Love it! Happy Earth Day. :)

  28. 28
    Fawnda says:

    very cute idea! I Love it! :)

  29. 29
    Sarah @ Sugar Bananas! says:

    Oh adorable! What a great idea for an 11 year old to have fun in the kitchen. I love it :)

    ~Sarah @ Sugar Bananas!

  30. 30
    Sarah @ Sugar Bananas! says:

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  31. 31
    Jacque says:

    Adorable! Such a cute idea.

  32. 32
    TeaLady says:

    Very clever. And cute.

  33. 33
    Tracey @ My House of Giggles says:

    oh yummmmy! I love rice crispy squares!!! It looks so cute as an "earth" :)

  34. 34
    Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden says:

    I just love Rice Krispie treats and this is perfect for Earth Day!

  35. 35
    Leslie says:

    Adorable!

  36. 36
    Room to Inspire says:

    What a super cute idea!!! Thanks for linking this up to Be Inspired last week as well!

    Chelsea

  37. 37
    Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] says:

    Oh this is simply genius! P.S – Your site's been taking a real long time to load.

  38. 38
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  39. 39
    Culinary Cory says:

    This is a cute idea. It totally looks like an earth.

  40. 40
    Amy E. says:

    Thanks for the idea, we did this with the kids today, but made "mini" Edible Earth's for them. We cut the treats into 4 inch circles (with a cup or other object) and they each got their own to color! It was fun!

  41. 41
    Amanda says:

    That's awesome Amy! So glad they had fun, I know we did :)

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