Quality Time Activities

Most of us would like to spend more time with our kids; but with all the demands on our time- school, work, friends, after-school activities- it may seem like we're constantly driving from activity to activity with no real time to connect with our loved ones.

Each month, the Family Focus section will feature a new activity that you can try out with your kids. These activities are designed to encourage you to spend quality time with your kids and to open up the lines of communication. The activities will also help to reinforce those important character traits and build your child's self-esteem.

August Activity - Watermelon Rice Krispie Treats



  • 1 ½ Tbsp. salter butter
  • 2 ½ cups mini marshmallows
  • Green food coloring
  • 2 cups Rice Krispie cereal


  • 2 Tbsp. salted butter
  • 3 ½ cups mini marshmallows
  • Pink or red food coloring
  • 3 cups Rice Krispie cereal
  • 2 tsp. mini chocolate chips


  1. Melt 1 ½ cup Tbsp. butter in a medium non-stick saucepan.
  2. Add 2 ½ cup marshmallows and green food coloring. Stir until marshmallows are completely melted.
  3. Remove from heat and add 2 cups of Rice Krispies cereal. Mix well.
  4. Spray a 9-inch round cake pan in non-stick cooking spray.
  5. Pour mixer into baking dish. Let cool for a few minutes.
  6. Spray hands with non-stick cooking spray. Then, spread mixer evenly around edge of baking dish (no more than 1 inch thick).
  7. Repeat steps 1-6 using “Center” ingredients.  Spread mixer evenly in the middle of the baking dish.
  8. Press lightly on mixer to create an even layer throughout.
  9. Let cool. Sprinkle and press chocolate chips randomly around pink portion. Cut into wedges.
  10. Enjoy!!


Source: http://www.cookingclassy.stfi.re/watermelon-rice-krispies-treats/?sf=rxeaxda#aa