3 Things Learned while Building Pikachu with my Kids

Block building with kids is fun, especially building a complicated piece over an extended period.

For his birthday, my son received several LEGO and MegaConstrux sets. We like Pokémon so the Pikachu set was the first one we tackled. (The whole party was themed Pokémon/Soccer as evidenced by our Rice Krispie Pokéballs.)

As I worked through this project with my kids, we learned several things about each other.

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3 Life Lessons from just Blogging about Everything

Sometimes you just have to write in order to figure out what you want to write about…

Over 8 months, I have tried to blog once a week (not always successfully) but did not limit myself to a topic.  I tried quite a few topics everything from deep thoughts on corporate finance to not drinking alcohol for a month.

As many before me, I am climbing a steep hill by joining the world of blogging and trying to be heard.  On the other hand, I have learned important lessons by just blogging, no outline, just typing the keys.  Through these life lessons, I have discovered my writing #passion and the future of my blog.

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No Added Dye – 3 Color PokéBalls

DIY 3 color Pokemon PokeBalls, 3 cereals, no dye added

It has been a quest but last weekend’s Pokémon themed birthday party featured Rice Krispie PokéBalls.  We were able to make three colors without using any additional food dye. Disclaimer that the products themselves had food dye.

It all starts with The Best Rice Krispie Treat Recipe followed by some variation.

Three Color Products Needed

Even though the dye from Adding Color to Rice Krispie Treats worked okay, some color came out on our hands and some of the family could really taste the dye.

Our next experiment involved using three different colored cereals: regular Rice Krispies, Strawberry Rice Krispies and Cocoa Krispies.  You can find them at Amazon too. I have the pictures and links at the bottom of this post.

Forming the Semicircles

These PokéBalls were not perfect, there was no mold for making perfect semicircles. Instead, this was a family project done by hand, including small five year old hands.

36 tennis ball sized (approximately 2.5″ diameter) PokéBalls require one batch from each cereal made with The Best Rice Krispie Treat Recipe. It was a family assembly line so three separate batches were made and shaped in the span of 20 minutes.

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First batch made into rough semicircles

Each semicircle was shaped with one flat edge against the pan and a rough round shape for the top.  The kids had fun and at the first stages of assembly, a perfect shape is not required.

The next batch was made from the Strawberry Rice Krispies.  Same general philosophy, a flat edge with a rounded top.

The final batch made was the Cocoa Krispies and this is where assembly got to be really fun.

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First 2 colors read for assembly into PokeBall

Final Assembly

The next step was to combine the three cereals into one PokéBall.  This was super fun.  After making the final batch of The Best Rice Krispie Treat Recipe with Cocoa Krispies, portion out about 2 tablespoons of the chocolate treat batch.  (Family friendly activity so it is okay to eyeball this.)

Smash down the chocolate with the white half that was made first.  This was the coolest half mixes with the hottest and sticks together well.  Then, smash the red half on the other side of the chocolate.  Take just a little of the chocolate batch to make the open button on the front of the PokéBall.  Roll it all together into a circle shape. There is a PokéBall, at least if you know it is supposed to be one.  🙂

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Finished PokeBalls

(Quick note: muffin pans with cupcake holders might be a good option here.  Some of our PokéBalls flattened out during the final cool down process.)

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Adding Color to Rice Krispie Treats

The Three Steps to Adding Color (Dye) to Rice Krispie Treats

How to Dye Rice Krispie

In the quest to make a great PokéBall shaped Rice Krispie Treat for a Pokémom theme birthday party, I started experimenting with coloring.

The most important starting point is the Best Rice Krispie Treat recipe.  After that it is a matter of playing with color.

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