User post: Rainy Day Kids Craft: Holiday Marshmallows

To prepare for rainy days, keep some essentials in your pantry for impromptu kids crafts. Holiday marshmallows are an easy favorite. Projects like these keep kids entertained while letting their imaginations run wild.

Suggested ingredients and tools
1. Large marshmallows
2. Candy melts or chocolate chips
3. Holiday sprinkles
4. Ceramic candy melting bowls (nice to have, not necessary)
5. Shredded coconut
6. Food markers
7. Chocolate covered candy canes, lollipop sticks or pretzel sticks
8. Gum drops or other candy

1. Melt candy and make sure it's at a temperature your kids can handle.
2. Have the kids paint the tops of the marshmallows with the melted candy.
3. Put toppings in individual bowls.
4. Dunk marshmallows in toppings. Or sprinkle them on top.
5. Draw faces on front.

The creativity doesn't have to stop here. If you have pretzels, put the marshmallows on a stick. We used chocolate covered candy canes.

Or arrange them into a Christmas tree shape. My daughter painted a brown tree trunk and, in the photo, is placing it where she thinks is best.

You can also make snowmen. Get a lollipop stick, straw or candy cane. Push three large marshmallows onto your stick of choice. You'll need two gumdrops for the hat. Press one into a flat circle and push it on to your stick. Put the intact gum drop on top. Decorate each snowman with food markers. If you have licorice string, you could tie a scarf around their necks. Or just use a ribbon.

On a rainy day, it can be a chore to keep your kids entertained and away from the television. Activities like this will buy you some sanity time, even if you have to clean up a few sprinkles. Plus, they're cute and they taste good.

For step by step and more photos, visit Easy Rainy Day Kids Craft: Holiday Marshmallows.

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*Katie Dillon writes La Jolla Mom, an award winning lifestyle site about food, travel, parenting, homekeeping, and local happenings. She lives in La Jolla with her husband and preschool aged daughter, and is a proud member of the Yahoo! Motherboard.