This is our version of Pokemon cards for Kindergarten players.
My kids started showing interest in Pokémon cards before the recommended age of 6 years old. Reading and math skills were not ready for the full game. This is a simple version of the game that I created to play with them.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 🙂
(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.)