Heart Cereal Necklace and Preschool Lesson

Description:  Need an easy activity to keep the little ones busy?  Make a cereal necklace.  Once I opened my box of Quaker Whole Hearts Cereal…

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Description: 

Need an easy activity to keep the little ones busy?  Make a cereal necklace.  Once I opened my box of Quaker Whole Hearts Cereal and realized the cereal was actually shaped like a heart, I new these are made to be played with (and Quaker thought they were just making a healthy breakfast).   


Category: Kids Craft-Create & Learn


Skills

This project is great for hand eye coordination, shapes, sorting, counting, and pattern building.


Lesson

Before starting the activity have a quick lesson about sorting, counting, and patterns.  With a small pile of cereal do the following as a group.  If your children are old enough they can also try it on their own.

  • Sort
    • Make piles and sort by color, shape, or size
  • Count
    • Count the cereal in each pile
    • Everyone eat some cereal from the pile and then recount
  • Patterns
    • Create come simple patterns by shape (circle, heart… & big circle, little circle…)
    • Create some simple patterns by color (green, blue… &  red, brown, blue…)
    • Have them help you complete the patterns (heart, blue, heart, blue “what comes next?”)




Supplies:

Cereal-Quaker Whole Hearts, Kellogs Froot Loops, General Mills Cheerios – I used the dark chocolate ones because they added another color
Ribbon or Floss
Scissors 

My daughter “helped” open the Whole Hearts box. 🙂
Step By Step:
1.  Cut ribbon for each child approximately 20 inches, long enough so the necklace can be taken on and off once tied and completed.  (I remember when I was little I was given yarn, but when I was eating my necklace I would get yarn fuzz in my mouth.  Yucky, that’s why I suggest ribbon or floss).
2.  Tie a cereal at the end of the ribbon so the kids can string cereal on without it falling off.
3.  Kid Step: Give each child a handful of each type of cereal and let them string them on and create.  
4.  When the child is done adding cereal, tie the two ends of the ribbon together and their necklace is complete

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