The crust team counted, rolled and crushed Oreos in a plastic bag with the rolling pin. We could have used a food processor, but that wouldn't have been as much fun. After the cookies were crushed, we added the butter to the bag, resealed it and then mushed it all around to mix it together. Then, we poured the crumbs into the pie dish and used a fork to spread and form the mixture to the pie dish. We popped it in the refrigerator and I had those two kids go and get the other two for their turn. Remember that it is important to talk about the process with the kids so that they start to understand the whys and the science of cooking. For example, when things are warm, they can become liquid, when they are cooled, they become solid again.
The older two checked the weight with me on the container of marshmallow cream so make sure we had the right amount. I set my granddaughter to melting it over a low heat on the stove as I watched her carefully. When it was melted, she put in the extract and the greed food coloring. She mixed it in very well. While it cooled slightly, my grandson and I got the cream whipping. He measured out 1 1/2 cups of heavy cream. Then we measured out the powdered sugar and discussed why we needed to use different measuring cups. Then, we talked about the air in the whipped cream and how we needed to keep the air in it. So, we folded in the marshmallow cream mixture and they each took turns learning to do that.
After the filling was spread into the crust, it was the 3 year olds turn to sprinkle on the Easter colored M & Ms. Look at his chubby little hand. Counting the M & Ms is a good skill for young kids. Also, naming the colors.