Apart from the obvious reason for buying cereal for breakfast, froot loops can be used for fun sensory engaging activities.
Sugary cereals are a rare treat in our house. I’ve created two different ways my kids use them for play time.
1. Rainbow Crumbs
I a small box of placed froot loops into the thermomix on speed 5 for 5-10 seconds. The result looked like rainbow crumbs! I have seen other mums trying this idea with other cereals but I wanted to use froot loops because of their colour.
This edible activity uses visual, olfactory (smell), gustatory (taste) and touch senses. It was great for a 1 year olds early fine motor skills and strengthens brain connections in the sensory and motor cortex.
This was a hit with my 1 year old. I didn’t think rainbow crumbs was something that would last as long as it did. It was some that he kept coming back to. He would play for 5 minutes and come back and play for another 5 minutes. In total lasted nearly an hour. The best part is that you can store it for another day and it lasts longer than wet sensory play.
It ended up becoming an outside activity. I used words like “crumby, crunchy, rainbow, and colourful” for him to make meaning of his play. Communicating with your child about what they are feeling through their sensory input is important for memory storage in information processing.
3. Rainbow Necklace
My daughter loves tiny details about everything. She loves to use fruit loops to make them into a necklace that she can keep as a snack for later.
Threading is such a great activity for building fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. The smell (olfactory) and taste (gustatory) sense are heightened with this activity.
These froot loop activities are budget-friendly and store so easily in a tight container. I used the kelloggs unicorn froot loops for toddler threading small box when it was one special for $3 (aus). For the rainbow crumbs ideas I tried the Aldi brand fruit loops small box for $2.50 (aus).
You can use 1 box at $2.50 (aus) for 3 activities:
- eating cereal for breakfast treat on school holidays
- threading a necklace or bracelet or
- rainbow crumbs
One of the best simple and budget-friendly activities.
Written By Sarah Courtney