Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Panda Cupcake Fun and Book Panda-Monium

I am addicted to kids books and I'm proud to say so is my 5 year old daughter.  We love our bi-weekly library visits and although my daughter seems to gravitate towards her favorite books over and over I enjoy finding new stories that we can share together.

At one of our recent visits I stumbled upon a winner called, Panda-Monium by Cynthia Platt.

 I love when I close a book and can say, "that was a great book!"  That's exactly what happened with this one.  Panda-Monium is a rhyming story about an adorable and hungry panda named, Beckett.  As Beckett tries to find some bamboo to eat other panda's follow Beckett along.  One then two, then 3 and on and on.  I think my daughter counted a total of 16!  Such a cute story that engages the reader with it's colorful fun illustrations and rhyming words.

I love to pair a good book up with an activity.  Since we have been doing some baking over here with my son's recent birthday and preparing for the upcoming holidays, I decided to try making Panda cupcakes!  I'm all about easy and fun when it comes to baking.  You can read more about other cupcake ideas in our post 5 Cupcakes for the everyday Mom.  This Panda recipe is no different.  It's perfect for those of us who enjoy baking but not real fond of the decorating part of it.

For this recipe use any store bought cake mix and follow the instructions on the box.

Once the cupcakes are baked and cooled here's what you'll need:

  • White store bought icing (I used the whipped)
  • Mini Reeses Pieces or mini m&m's.  (I only had the Reeses Pieces on hand so I used those and picked out the brown pieces.)
  • Chocolate sprinkles
  • White sugar (optional)
I started off by icing the cupcakes and then simply adding on the Reeses Pieces.  I used the Reeses Pieces for the eyes, nose and ears.  The chocolate sprinkles were used underneath the nose.  Option 2 is after icing you could dip the cupcake into a bowl of white sugar and then put the Reeses Pieces on.  I did a few like this but found the pieces stuck better without the sugar.

cupcake WITH sugar

cupcake WITHOUT sugar

My kiddos loved them and my husband admitted that he snuck back into the kitchen for more!!

Another reason baking with a child is fun is because it helps build a child's vocabulary, math and fine motor skills!

Such an easy, fun and delicious cupcake recipe to make!  

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