Thanksgiving kids' table

Rice Krispy Treat Turkey | Me & The Moose. Make your kids table a little more festive with a rice krispy treat turkey with white chocolate, pretzel, and marshmallow bones. #meandthemoose #kidsfod #kidstable #ricekrispytreatturkey #candyturkey

As a sleep deprived and clueless new parent, I read a lot of parenting books. Mostly about sleep, but some more general ones including Bringing up Bebe, which is about the difference in parenting cultures between the US and France. The author, Pamela Druckerman, starts the book by illustrating the awfulness of American children's table manners, as opposed to French children who sit patiently and quietly through meals and eat everything on their plates. I'm happy to report that, so far, M is pretty good at eating with us in public (though I've probably just jinxed us by writing that). But ALL kids (including French ones, I would assume), need a little entertainment to sit at the table while the adults argue about politics and blunt their rage with wine.

Rice Krispy Treat Turkey | Me & The Moose. Make your kids table a little more festive with a rice krispy treat turkey with white chocolate, pretzel, and marshmallow bones. #meandthemoose #kidsfod #kidstable #ricekrispytreatturkey #candyturkey

Here's what I included on this table:
Butcher paper tablecloth
Crayons
Twine/burlap (really any string or tape would work to hold the crayons together)
Plastic utensils
Paper cups (I used real plates, but paper plates also mean no breakage whatsoever)
IKEA cloth napkins
Rice krispie treat turkey with paper feathers
Leftover spices in small vases (rosemary, thyme, sage, etc)
LED flameless candles

Rice Krispy Treat Turkey | Me & The Moose. Make your kids table a little more festive with a rice krispy treat turkey with white chocolate, pretzel, and marshmallow bones. #meandthemoose #kidsfod #kidstable #ricekrispytreatturkey #candyturkey

This rice krispie treat turkey might have to become a Thanksgiving tradition in our house. It's   easy to make and a fun, edible centerpiece for littles who would ignore an artfully arranged gourd, fruit, and flower centerpiece. Here's a tutorial for the drumsticks and the rest of the turkey i just eyeballed from this photo. I made the feathers here, but older kids could easily get in on the action with some kid scissors, bamboo skewers, and tape. 

Turkey | Me & The Moose. LED candles mean no Thanksgivings spent in the ER. At least, not because someone lit themselves on fire. #meandthemoose #kidsfod #kidstable #ricekrispytreatturkey #candyturkey
Rice Krispy Treat Turkey | Me & The Moose. Make your kids table a little more festive with a rice krispy treat turkey with white chocolate, pretzel, and marshmallow bones. #meandthemoose #kidsfod #kidstable #ricekrispytreatturkey #candyturkey
Rice Krispy Treat Turkey | Me & The Moose. Make your kids table a little more festive with a rice krispy treat turkey with white chocolate, pretzel, and marshmallow bones. #meandthemoose #kidsfod #kidstable #ricekrispytreatturkey #candyturkey

Candy sushi!

Candy sushi | Me & The Moose. Rice krispy treats, candy, fruit rollups, and sanding sugar are all you need for a sweet surprise. #meandthemoose #candysushi #sweetsushi

You will certainly find more professional-looking candy sushi out there, but who cares?! I was pretty pleased with how easily this came together. I made it for a 1st birthday pool party because pool party=swimming=fish=sushi? It made sense to me. Also, I was looking for something fun and egg-free (just make sure to check your labels to ensure that the gummy stuff is clear of eggs).

Unfortunately, I had grand plans for a time-lapse video to help with the how-to, but I CAN'T KEEP CANDY IN MY HOUSE. Lesson learned. I took photos of the ingredients and immediately ate them.

Candy sushi is made for summer birthdays. Candy sushi | Me & The Moose. #meandthemoose #candysushi #sweetsushi

The difficulty of self-control around candy notwithstanding, I highly recommend making these for your next kids' party. It's easy, cheap, and a serious show stopper.

How to turn candy sharks into candy sushi | Me & The Moose. #meandthemoose #candysushi #sweetsushi

You'll need:

3 Tbsp butter
6 cups Rice Krispies
10 oz large marshmallows or 4 cups mini marshmallows

Melt the butter in a large saucepan. Add the marshmallows and melt, stirring frequently. When the marshmallows have mostly lost their shape, add Rice Krispies and stir to coat. Let cool until the mixture can be handled.


3-4 Twizzlers or Red Vines per "roll"
4 Red Mike 'n Ikes per "hand roll"
1 Large Swedish Fish per piece
1 Gummy Sharks per piece
Orange sanding sugar
Joray green apple fruit rolls

Candy sushi | Me & The Moose. Rice krispy treats, candy, fruit rollups, and sanding sugar are all you need for a sweet surprise. #meandthemoose #candysushi #sweetsushi

Tools:

Pizza cutter
Water
Coconut oil spray
Plastic wrap

To assemble:

For the rolls: Lay a square of plastic wrap on a clean countertop and spray with coconut oil. Wet your hands and place a handful of the rice krispy/marshmallow/butter mixture on the plastic, patting it down into a thin layer. Unwrap and place a fruit roll onto the cereal layer (reverse these steps for an inside-out roll). Lay three Twizzlers or Red Vines in the middle and using the plastic wrap and wet hands, make a roll out of the three layers, really squishing the ingredients together. Using a very sharp knife, cut the roll into five pieces, reshaping as needed. For the "inside out" pieces, roll the cut pieces in 2-3 Tbsp of orange sanding sugar.

Candy sushi | Me & The Moose. Rice krispy treats, candy, fruit rollups, and sanding sugar are all you need for a sweet surprise. #meandthemoose #candysushi #sweetsushi

For the hand rolls: Lay a square of plastic wrap on a clean countertop and spray with coconut oil. Unwrap and place a fruit roll on the plastic. With wet hands, shape a large handful of the cereal mixture into a log and place in the middle of the fruit roll (these particular fruit roll-ups are round when unrolled, which is easier than the square variety). Wrap the fruit roll over the log of cereal mixture and side of fruit roll together with some water. Cut the entire thing in half shape with wet hands, as needed. Add red Mike n' Ikes.

For the pieces: Unroll a fruit roll and cut into 1/2 inch strips with the pizza cutter. With wet hands, roll a small handful cereal mixture into a ball and squish into more of a rectangle. Wrap a strip of fruit roll around the whole Swedish fish/cereal combo and secure the ends of the fruit roll strip with a few drops of water.

Candy sushi | Me & The Moose. Rice krispy treats, candy, fruit rollups, and sanding sugar are all you need for a sweet surprise. #meandthemoose #candysushi #sweetsushi

For the roe pieces: Unroll a fruit roll and cut into slightly thicker strips with the pizza cutter. With wet hands, roll a small handful cereal mixture into a ball and squish into more of a rectangle. Wrap a strip of fruit roll around the outside of the cereal mixture and secure the ends of the strip with a few drips of water. Let dry for a few minutes. Pick up the entire piece and dip the top into 2-3 Tbsp of orange sanding sugar.

Candy sushi | Me & The Moose. Rice krispy treats, candy, fruit rollups, and sanding sugar are all you need for a sweet surprise. #meandthemoose #candysushi #sweetsushi

For the "sashimi": Using your sharpest knife, slice one of the gummy sharks into 5-6 pieces. Place on top of a log of the cereal mixture.

And voila! Candy sushi. I can't wait to do this with M when he gets older.

For more candy sushi inspiration: Super professional candy sushi / Candy sushi birthday party / Molded fish candy sushi