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My kids seem to learn through their stomachs, so I try to incorporate food into our lessons as much as possible. We recently made a Rice Krispies map as part of a geography lesson.
I recently found a new product in my grocery store that has made creating edible maps quick and easy. It allows me to add a dash of fun to our history or geography lessons with very little prep time.
I think the intended purpose of these sheets is probably to slice and frost them like cookies. Homeschoolers are a resourceful bunch though, so I knew I could incorporate a treat sheet into my lesson plans with a little creativity.
As soon as we got to a lesson about India in our Story of the World vol. 3 curriculum, I pulled the treat sheet out of my pantry.
How to Make a Rice Krispies Map
Gather all of your materials
These are the supplies I used, but you can certainly vary the candies based on what you have available. I’m not sure what it says about our snack habits, but I had all of this in my pantry and schoolroom already.
- Atlas or map (a quick internet search will turn up a few)
- Rice Krispies Treats Sheet
- Paring knife
- Coconut oil or butter
- Frosting, dyed green – grass
- Blue icing tube – rivers
- Brown sugar – deserts
- Hershey Kisses – mountain ranges
- M&Ms – large cities
Unwrap the Rice Krispies Treats Sheet
The top is a bit sticky, but the wrapper all pulled off without much trouble.
Of course, you can always make a tray of homemade Rice Krispies treats instead. This project works equally well with homemade treats, it just takes a little longer.
Cut the treat sheet into your desired shape using an oiled paring knife
I used an old Atlas from the used book store as my guide. The treat sheet is backed by a piece of cardboard so you can cut through it directly without the need for a cutting board. The oil helps prevent the knife from sticking. Save the extra that was cut away for snacking or another project.
Spread green frosting over the entire Rice Krispies country
This will help other geographical features, a.k.a. candy, stick.
Using a frosting tip, draw rivers and any large bodies of water with the blue frosting
Don’t worry about perfection, just get the water in the correct general area.
Add a layer of brown sugar to represent deserts
Add Hershey Kiss mountain ranges
Mark large cities using the M&Ms
I chose to just mark the capital and cities we read about in our Story of the World lesson. My husband added a few more cities when he came home from work.
I have only seen these Rice Krispies Treat Sheets in the holiday food section of my Wal-Mart and online. Stock up on a few whenever you see them! They will last quite a while in your pantry.
You can of course create a Rice Krispies map using Rice Krispies treats you have made yourself. I made the treats when we made a map of Brazil during the 2016 Summer Olympics. Using the treat sheets just makes the project a little faster and less messy.
Have you used Rice Krispies for a lesson?
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