When I can get cereal for just $.20 or $.30 a box, I stock up. But sometimes my eyes are bigger than my kids’ stomachs. At least when it comes to “healthy” cereals like the yellow box of Cheerios. (The Coco Puffs, mind you, disappear in a single Shabbat.)
Today, I spied five boxes of yellow box Cheerios languishing on the shelves of our basement storage room, so I decided to get creative.
First, I handed my six- and two-year olds a string, with tape wrapped around one end and a big knot tied on the other end. Then, I dumped out a pile of Cheerios on the table and let them go to town. My two year-old really suprsied me with her ability to thread the “eye” of the Cheerio with her string.
My 6 year-old especially seemed to enjoy making his necklace and kept working on it until his whole string was filled up.
(Please ignore the post-chag disaster in the background of these pictures.)
Cheerio “Trail Mix”
In addition to eating their necklaces, we also made Cheerio Trail Mix for a snack. The “recipe” couldn’t be easier. Just mix equal part of chocolate chips, raisins and Cheerios.
Guess which of those three ingredients disappeared the fastest?
Do you have any creative uses for your stockpiled cereal? Have you made necklaces, trail mix, breakfast cookies or something else unexpected with Cheerios or some other kind of cereal?