Kids Activity: Popcorn Ball Names w/ M&M’s and Pretzel Sticks (Plus Popcorn Ball Recipe!)

Disclaimer: I received this popcorn ball kit from GoodCook for free. All opinions are my own. 

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Recently I was sent one of the coolest review kits I’ve received as a blogger.

It was a popcorn ball kit from GoodCook!

This package was filled to the brim with goodies galore!

My absolute favorite was the Popcorn Baller though.

Seriously!?

There is a way to make popcorn balls that doesn’t involve burning the crud out of your hands? SIGN ME UP!

My daughter was very excited about this GoodCook Popcorn Ball kit as well. Since we were planning a playdate with some friends of hers, she asked if we could make popcorn balls for her and her friends.

Now I have nothing against Popcorn Balls for the sake of Popcorn Balls, however…

This was an “educational” preschool playdate.

So you know I had to find a way to incorporate our popcorn balls into some kind of learning activity!

All the kiddos that were going to be at the playdate were going to be around 4 years old.

Prime “Learn to Spell Your Name” age!

We decided to incorporate pretzels and m&m’s in our Popcorn Ball name activity.

I did NOT put pretzels into the popcorn ball simply because I was nervous that the 4 year olds would choke on them if they were hidden in the ball.

So we just added the m&m’s to the popcorn mixture prior to shaping the popcorn into balls with the Amazing Fantastic Incredible GoodCook Popcorn Baller!

Next, we put some pretzel sticks and m&m’s in a small cup and wrote the first inital of each child on a popcorn ball.

Then during the party, they had to “create” the rest of their name with the m&m’s and pretzels!

This was actually a great hands activity for the 4 year olds because they had to troubleshoot which letters were made more easily with pretzel sticks and which ones could only be made with M&M’s.

It was so fun!

The popcorn balls were great, and I know we’ll make some more (less educational, ha!) in a few weeks for Halloween.

Here’s the recipe we used:

Popcorn Ball Recipe

Ingredients: 

    • 2 (8 ounce) package miniature marshmallows
    • 8 tablespoons butter
    • 8 cups of popcorn (I popped on the stove with coconut oil)
    • 1 bag of M&M’s (my daughter separated these out by color)

 

Directions: 

Pop your popcorn however you like

 

Melt the marshamallows and butter together on the stove

Pour marshmallow mixture over the popcorn and mix well. Allow to cool slightly.

Add in M&M’s and stir

Use a large spoon or rubber spatula to add the popcorn mixture to your GoodCook popcorn baller

Use the popcorn baller as directed (be sure to spray the inside with some nonstick spray for easy removal)

Allow to set!

Enjoy!

Right now youcan get 25% off the Good Cook Popcorn Ballers on goodcook.com when you use the coupon code POPCORN.

 

Ingredients
  • 2 (8 ounce) package miniature marshmallows
  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • 8 cups of popcorn (I popped on the stove with coconut oil)
  • 1 bag of M&M’s (my daughter separated these out by color)
Instructions
  1. Pop your popcorn however you like
  2. Melt the marshamallows and butter together on the stove
  3. Pour marshmallow mixture over the popcorn and mix well. Allow to cool slightly.
  4. Add in M&M’s and stir
  5. Use a large spoon or rubber spatula to add the popcorn mixture to your GoodCook popcorn baller
  6. Use the popcorn baller as directed (be sure to spray the inside with some nonstick spray for easy removal)
  7. Allow to set!
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Disclaimer: I received this popcorn ball kit from GoodCook for free. All opinions are my own. 

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Heather

Heather is the creator and owner of Family Friendly Frugality. She calls Texas home and is married to her best friend. With 2 children 22 months apart, she has her hands full. So full that she decided to start blogging as a hobby. That hobby blew up into a full time job. Now she's got the husband, the kids and the blog. We're not exactly sure what she was thinking, but she's too busy for us to ask. Find Me On Google +

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