- Sophie &Friends
What is it about cereal that is so addicting? I'm not sure if it's just me, but whenever there is a box of cereal in our house, I end up eating it in like 2 days. I do this thing where I fill my bowl, put in my milk, and then have to keep going back to the box to fill and refill until all the milk has been used up. Needless to say, I don't buy cereal often.
With St. Patrick's day having snuck up on, and past me again this year (for some reason I always forget this holiday until someone pinches me for not wearing green) I thought it would be fun to do a rainbow craft that could not only send a nod in the little leprechaun's direction, but also welcome in a much-needed Spring. And what better way to do that, than by using cereal to make art.
This is a great craft not only for color recognition and sorting, but also for developing fine motor skills. This craft uses glue and a paper template. I was thinking if you wanted to use it as a snacking tool, you could use a paper plate and frosting. That way, you could not only make dessert time learning time but also teach a valuable lesson about not wasting food. Just use a paper plate as the template by spreading a thin layer of prepared frosting (you can buy it in the can) on the inner edge of the plate. Line up the first row of cereal right along the rounded edge. Continue building your rainbow from the outside in. Even once the icing dries, you'll be able to pick of the cereal to eat. Just slip the finished artwork into a ziplock bag in between viewing and snacking.
The good folks over at the All Kid's Network, where I first encountered this edible rainbow, offer up dozens of ideas like this one that incorporate both fun and learning. If you are a teacher, homeschooler, or just a parent looking for inspiration on how to encourage learning, this is definitely a site to check out. The site offers up hundreds of free lessons, along with understandable directions that any parent can follow. Who knows, this site might actually be the educational "pot of gold" you've been looking for!
Happy Belated St. Patrick's day!