Being a mom is easily one of the most challenging things I’ve ever done. My goals are constantly shifting, constantly changing. I am always aware that I am shaping little minds and leading by example. I want my small people to learn, I want to teach them to play. I want to model good behavior… I want them to be kind.
I want them to look back on their childhood and know that they had fun.
And that they were loved.
I don’t doubt that I am accomplishing this. (on most days, that is) But I have always loved to challenge myself to combine a few goals at a time – what if I could play with them AND teach them something at the same time? Now that they are a little older: what if I could treat them to something they love and have them work creatively together as brother and sister at the same time?
When they were little bitty, I loved to come up with games that helped them to learn – counting, colors, sorting – while having a ‘reward’ at the end.
Kellogg’s recently asked us to work on a project together: Use one of their cereals, Fruit Loops, to ignite kid’s colorful imaginations. I asked my small people to not only help me create the project, but to showcase it in action. Delaney even named our game:
Spectacular Fruit Loop Patterned Necklaces
For ages 3-5
You will need: Ribbon any color
Fruit Loops – of course.
Measure the ribbon 12-18 inches depending on your child (adult tie a knot at one end)
Have your child or children sort the Fruit Loops by color and choose TWO.
You can put two colors and one ribbon in a Ziploc bag for later play or to keep them separate.
Show your child how to create a pattern blue-green-blue-green or red-yellow-red-yellow, by placing each Fruit Loop, one at a time on the ribbon. (For more advanced play, choose three or four different colors).
Once the necklace is complete, adult can tie a second knot, place it around your child’s neck as a necklace AND…. voila! A Fruit Loop Necklace.
Learning…. AND a treat.
Skills practiced and learned: colors, sorting, patterns, fine motor skills and finger licking
And yes… my small people couldn’t help but do a little snacking as they went.Disclosure: I am thrilled to have a long term relationship with Kellogg’s which allows me to share projects like this with you. As always, all thoughts and opinions shared on this site are mine.