If you have kids who are out of school for the summer you know you need to come up with some activities and simple crafts for kids to keep them busy and happy!! With 3 kids in this house I am always trying to come up with inexpensive ways to entertain them and we came up with a few using our favorite breakfast cereal, Cheerios™ to share with all of you! Special thanks goes out to Cheerios™ for sponsoring this post so we could share these summer fun ideas with you.
Easy is the name of the game when it comes to crafts for kids. They would rather do it all on their own if at all possible and these two ideas provide that sense of autonomy. Of course it depends on their age. Toddlers may need a bit of assistance with the glue on this first craft where my daughter here who is 7 could do it all on her own. The second craft using Cheerios™ could be done entirely on their own and it will keep them busy for hours I tell you!
Simple crafts for kids
First you are going to want to head over to Walmart and pick up whatever type(s) of Cheerios™ you want for these projects (grab a coupon to save a bit of money here before you hit the register too). We used Fruity Cheerios™ for the first craft and Multi-Grain Cheerios™ for the second. You will need a bottle of glue, a gallon storage bag, a plastic tub (if you don’t have one you can get one at Walmart too), and a piece of paper.
- Cereal Art – Older children can use the glue themselves and draw a simple picture. A heart, snowman, or tree are easy ones to draw and use with your Cheerios™. Toddlers may need you to draw the picture with the glue, I suggest drawing a small portion and then when they have put their cereal on continue with the rest of the picture so the glue doesn’t dry before they get to it.
Give them a small bowl of Cheerios™ so it is easier for them to pick out the colors they want. If you are doing a tree the Chocolate and Fruity Cheerios™ selections would work best! Let them use their imagination and they can create multiple pictures throughout the summer afternoon. 😉
- Edible Sand – What child doesn’t love to play in the sand??!! Well using Cheerios™ they can create “sand” that is actually edible….and really fun to play with!! We used Multi-Grain Cheerios™ but colored sand using the Fruity variety would be fun too! Just fill a gallon storage bag with your cereal, zip it tight (squeeze all the air out of it before zipping the bag), and let your child smash and squish away until the Cheerios™ are smashed into “dust” or “sand” consistency. Then use an empty plastic container and a clean shovel + small animals and you have a fun sand box. This fun craft kept mine busy for hours one afternoon.
Every child loves crafts that they can eat after they’re done (or during it in this case), and the fact that they can create this simple craft / activity all on their own makes it that much more fun for them! Here’s a quick rundown showing you just how easy these are to create together at home.
If you’re looking for another way to use your Cheerios™ you can make a necklace using a piece of string or yarn too….that is great fun for toddlers! I hope these simple crafts for kids using your favorite cereal will make for a fun afternoon at your house too! Everything you need can be found at Walmart online or in the store so it’s easy to put together. Have a wonderfully creative day my friends. 😉