What is cereal jewelry?
Children get to string cereal with holes to make bracelets or necklaces. By following some simple steps, this can be a fun and safe activity.
Here’s how to make cereal jewelry:
• Choose a cereal with lower sugar content. Read the label to see how much sugar is in the cereal per serving. 5% Daily Value (DV) or less is a little; 15% DV or more is a lot. Original Cheerios® are a low sugar cereal made from whole grain oats that are an easy finger food for young children. For adding some colour, try Nature’s Path Cheetah Chomps® which are coloured with vegetables and fruit, not artificial colour, and are made locally here in BC. The pink colour is great for a Valentine’s Day activity!
• Keep it clean. Ensure hands are washed prior to starting the snack activity and surfaces are clean. Give each child their own bowl of dry cereal(s) to use.
• Get them started. Using cotton food grade butchers’ string, cut a length for a necklace or bracelet (make sure it is long enough to go over their head or hand) and tie one piece of cereal on the end with a knot to prevent the other cereal from falling off.
• Put the kids to work. Let children string the cereal on their bracelet or necklace, which helps to develop their coordination and fine motor skills. Help them tie a knot when they’re done and assist them to put on the jewelry.
• Munch away. Encourage children to eat their jewelry at the table to avoid getting it everywhere! Serve with some fruit and a glass of milk to provide a balanced snack. When the cereal has all been eaten, help children dispose of the string so they don’t continue to chew on it.
Source: Nicole Fetterly, RD