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Whip up a batch of these popcorn cupcakes to much on while you read one or two popcorn themed books for kids! Perfect for class parties!
Popcorn is a fun snack to eat. For kids, it is also a fun snack to use in learning. These popcorn cupcakes are even more fun. While they do take a little extra work, it’s so worth the effort.
Your kids will love eating them as you read about popcorn, how it’s made, and more. Book-based activities have never been so fun!
If you have access to a kitchen, your kids can help you make these popcorn cupcakes. This is a great way to sneak in a little math and measuring before you start reading the popcorn books featured below.
These popcorn cupcakes are perfect for class parties, playdates, and birthday parties. They’re great for movie viewings and book activities. Where and when will you make and serve them?
What You’ll Need
What You’ll Do
Start by making a batch of your favorite cupcakes. You can make them in the striped cupcake liners or solid white ones. If you use the striped liners, the grease from the cooking spray makes it a bit translucent.
Therefore, I prefer to make mine in white liners and then put the baked cupcakes in the red and white striped ones.
Now it’s time to make some popcorn. Actually, the “popcorn” is mini marshmallows that are cut to resemble popcorn.
To make the marshmallows look like popcorn is simple. With a pair of clean scissors, make a cut at the center of the marshmallow that only goes halfway through. So, you’ll stop in the center of the marshmallow. Look at the picture below to see exactly how I did it.
Now that you’ve got all of your marshmallows cut, it’s time to “butter” them. Fill a small cup or bowl with clean water. Drop a few drops of yellow liquid food coloring in the water and stir to mix.
Using the clean paintbrush, paint the yellow water on the marshmallows until they’re as “buttery” as you’d like.
Ice the cupcakes with white icing. Stick the marshmallows into the icing. You may want to stack the marshmallows. If so, you might need a small dot of icing to make them stick together.
Add some “butter” to the icing if you’d like. Now, it’s time to pick out some popcorn themed picture books to read while your kiddos enjoy their treats!
Popcorn Books for Kids
Fill your book basket with a great collection of books about popcorn. Most of these books can be found at your local library or used bookstore.
If you have a hard time finding them, you can order them through my Amazon affiliate links by clicking the images below.
The Popcorn Book – Tony likes to cook. Tiny likes to read. And both twins like to eat . . . POPCORN!
So while Tiny cooks it, Tony reads about it: what popcorn is, how it’s stored and prepared, legends and stories about it, and its history in Europe and North America.
Popcorn! – Pull up a chair and dig in! POPCORN is chock-full of tidbits about one of America’s favorite snack foods. Learn what makes popcorn pop, how Native Americans liked their popcorn, and how television almost wiped out popcorn’s future. Cooking tips, recipes, and resources included.
The Popcorn Princess – Penelope loves popcorn. She thinks the popcorn popper is magical. In fact, the very first word she says is “popcorn.”..
Popcorn– On Halloween night, Sam invites all of his friends to his house for a costume party. As his guests arrive, each one brings the same treat—popcorn! They make it all, and soon the house is overflowing with popcorn. What will Sam and his friends do with so much of this tasty treat?
Popcorn – Putting kernels in a pot, heating them, and adding salt are all part of making popcorn. Simple text explains how kernels change form when you heat them in a pan.
Popcorn – A big pot, some heat, and lots of popcorn. . . . When the corn starts popping, the fun gets hopping for a boy, a girl, and their grown-up pals, who tend the stove. But when will the popping stop?
Enhance Your Activity Time
Add some felt popcorn to your pretend play area, and your kids will spend time pretending to pop and eat it! They can also use the toys to retell their favorite popcorn stories.
This felt pretend play food set contains a popcorn bag and 8 pieces of popcorn, 5 small butter and 3 large plain. How fun!