I'm Lindsay Ferrier, a Nashville writer with a passion for family travel, exploring Tennessee, and raising kids without losing my mind in the process. This is where I share my discoveries, along with occasional deep thoughts, pop culture tangents and a sprinkling of snark. Want to get in touch? Use the CONTACT form at the top of the page.
May 22, 2013
Earlier this month, I agreed to make a special reading-themed snack for Punky’s class on the day they took the reading portion of their standardized tests. At a complete loss, I turned to Pinterest– and found these adorable bookworms.
They took some time to put them together, but the end result was fabulous–
–and they’d make a great summer activity to do with your kids, particularly if you’re signing them up for your library’s summer reading program or hosting a kids’ book club group.
Check out Spoonful’s directions on how to make them– I modified the idea to make it a little easier, so I’m also including how I did it below.
-6 cups crispy rice cereal
-One bag of marshmallows
-One box of fruit leather
-One stick of butter, divided
-Hot glue gun
-Start by refrigerating your fruit leather for a few minutes, so that you can easily peel it from the plastic. I learned this lesson the hard way!
-Melt 3 Tablespoons of butter in a large saucepan over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until melted. Remove from heat. Add crispy rice cereal and stir until completely blended. Let cool for a few minutes, until cool enough to touch.
-Use remaining butter to keep your hands greased during the next step. It will make the crispy rice mixture MUCH easier to handle. Form crispy rice into four-inch ‘worms’ by rolling it between your hands. Set aside on a tray or baking sheet. (The Spoonful worms appear to be much smaller, but since mine were for older kids, I tried to make my worms using roughly the same amount they’d get in a regular Rice Krispy treat. Use your judgement here.)
-Use kitchen shears to cut fruit leather into strips. Wrap two strips around each ‘worm’s’ midsection.
-Wrap each worm in just enough plastic wrap to cover.
-Attach googly eyes to the front of each ‘worm’ with a tiny amount of hot glue on the back of the eye.
-Twist pipe cleaner around the head of the ‘worm’ to create antennae.