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A few years ago, we had a Disney Cars themed birthday party and today I wanted to share a fun treat that we made for the party!  I just found these pictures again today, while the kids and I were looking through our son’s old birthday party pictures.   Time goes so fast!! 

I hope that you love making these Disney CARS Traffic Light Treats with your kids! 

CARS movie: Rice Cereal Traffic Light Treats

Cars Treat traffic light

No matter how busy things get, I always try to make time to cook with my kids. I have learned that by using fun, relevant themes and recipes, my children are more excited and engaged to partake.

Plus, the teacher in me wants to remind everyone that engaging our kids in cooking is a great way to work on reading (recipe cards), math (measuring) and science (turn a liquid into a solid!). I try to choose simple treats that don’t have too many steps so that my kids can lead the way! It’s a great way to let them gain confidence in themselves and bond with you.

Inspired by one of my kids’ favorite movies – Disney Pixar Cars 3™ – here is a recipe to create Rice Cereal Traffic Lights.

Ingredients to make Rice Cereal Traffic Lights:

 Traffic Light Treats
  • 6 cups crisped rice cereal
  • ½ stick butter
  • 1 bag marshmallows
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Chocolate-colored candies

Directions to make Rice Cereal Traffic Lights:

1. Let your child separate the chocolate-colored candy by colors. We took out the red, yellow and green candy to make lights.

Traffic Light Treats

2. Next, put the ingredients in a saucepan except for the chocolates.

A boy pouring marshmallows into a pan.

3. Melt it over low heat, mixing constantly.

4. Pour the mixture into the bowl of cereal. (Note: it will be hot, so be cautious!)

Children and adult adding melted marshmallows into rice cereal bowl.

5. Press the mixture into a sprayed baking dish. Use the back of a buttered spoon to pat it down.

 Cereal Traffic Light Treats

6. Start putting your candies onto the treats before they cool down.

Boy adding decorations onto rice cereal treats.

7. For fun, I added little sticks to ours & put some mini candies on a few of them, to make bite-sized treats for the kids.

Rice cereal treats that look like traffic lights.

Now just let them smell work its magic as your family soon gathers around the treat!

Traffic Light Treats

Watch how quickly the treats go!   Baking with your family is always a wonderful way to spend time together.  They will remember it fondly as they grow up and they will bake with their own kids.  It’s a great gift to pass down… the gift of learning that baking is time well spent with family.

 Ps- Instead of toys or candy give a favor that the families can use!  We gave out these adorable BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages and Cars 3™ bubbles.  

Hi there!

I’m Becky, a former elementary school teacher turned certified child development therapist and blogger. I work at home with my husband and together we are raising (and partially homeschooling) our four children in the Carolinas. I love diet coke, ice cream, and spending time with my family.

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