Wednesday, 09 January 2013
Over these last two weeks I have really been on a cereal crafting kick. You may have seen the last cereal craft post I wrote titled “Easy Cereal Craft for Toddlers” where I showed how I made necklaces and bracelets using Tootie Fruities (store brand of Froot Loops). Anyhow, I have a new craft, “Cereal Sand Art” to share and again all you need are a few easy to find, inexpensive items and the desire to have fun with your child!
This project can be done with older toddlers if you aren’t afraid of a little mess! Older children will definitely enjoy this craft as well so why not grab the whole family to make some beautiful cereal art decorations! Before we get started I just want to point out that this is a safe project to do with children because even if they are young and still put everything into their mouths since cereal is edible you don’t have to worry! Just make sure they are old enough to not choke on whatever type of cereal you choose to work with! Have fun!
- Brightly colored cereal such as Tootie Fruities
- Plastic Bags-the Ziploc freezer bag type is the best
- Plastic bottle-water bottle works perfectly
Once you have gathered all of your supplies grab one freezer bag for each color Tootie Fruitie (or your cereal of choice). Have your children separate the cereal colors. This reinforces the learning of colors for younger children and is fun to do all on its own! Once your children have separated all of the cereal by color you are ready to move onto the next step!
Make sure that each freezer bag is securely sealed and prepare for some fun! Have everyone take a freezer bag or take turns doing one at a time but the goal is to smash each and every last piece of cereal in the bag until you are left with a sandy like substance. I enjoyed discovering various cereal smashing techniques while doing this craft myself.
Crushing the cereal in between your fingers works very well but within minutes the tips of your fingers may begin to hurt and your hands may get tired. I also tried putting the bag on the floor and using a thick, heavy book to smash the cereal to smithereens and it worked but not fabulously. I found that the best way to smash the cereal is by putting it on the floor (preferably hardwood or concrete-basement, road or driveway) and jump on it! Kids will loooove doing this! You could use a food processor or blender but you will be taking away part of the fun for the kids if you do so : )
Once all of your cereal has been smashed you are ready to start creating some beautiful cereal art. Grab your plastic bottle, removing all labels. Now, place the funnel into the mouth of the plastic bottle and scoop in one color of cereal. You may need to shake the funnel slightly to help the cereal enter the bottle. Once you have the desired layer of cereal in whichever color you chose move on to the next color. Repeat this process until your bottle is full.
Now you have a beautiful cereal art decoration and you have had hours of fun with the family!
Do you have any craft ideas to share? What types of crafts have you done with your kids?