I recently bought two giant family-sized boxes of Froot Loops for $2.50 each to make our edible rainbow sensory bin, and even though that was a great deal for how much fun and play the kids got out of the sensory bin, I wanted to get a bit more use out of the Froot Loops.
So, I bring you another edition of 7 Ways to Play — our series of frugal sensory play ideas so you can get the most out of your sensory materials.
7 Ways to Play with Froot Loops!
1. Colour Sorting with Froot Loops
This activity helped get us all set for our Froot Loops Rainbow Sensory Bin, but also was a lot of fun and a great sorting and fine motor activity at the same time. You can have children use their fingers, spoons, or tongs/tweezers for this sorting activity.
For some extra gross motor movement, you can place the “sorting bowls” away from the main bowl of Froot Loops and have the children carry them over, or balance them on a spoon while walking from one to the other.
2. Cereal Bowl Sensory Bin
Halfway through the sorting process, I thought we’d mix things up and pretend we were having a giant bowl of cereal.
I grabbed some ice cream cups, big soup spoons, a wooden milk toy from our play kitchen, and a play box of breakfast cereal. The Froot Loops are in a former punch bowl — check out the Cereal Sensory bin post here.
3. Make a Froot Loops Snack
My Froot Loops cupcake recipe may not be for everyone, so I had the kids make a simple yogurt parfait which they could each add a sprinkling of Froot Loops to. They cut up their own bananas and artfully arranged their own bowls.
4. Froot Loops Art
Kind of a 3-D pointillism, this was a great activity for artistic planning and fine motor precision.
Children can either make glue dots onto their paper and then attach the Froot Loop, or add the glue directly to the Froot Loop and then attach. I’d use a heavier grade of paper, like card stock, if you were planning on keeping the art afterwards.
5. Froot Loop Maracas
This easy upcylced craft is so many great things all in one — multicultural, musical, upcycling, and open-ended!
6. Make a Froot Loops Necklace
Another great fine motor activity, making a froot loops “candy” necklace involves the Montessori Practical Life skill of lacing, while providing a tasty reward for a job well done.
I found that the only “string” that works with this activity is dental floss, making this an activity for a child who has previous experience with lacing or beading, as it’s a bit flimsy. I like to tie one Froot Loop to an end to stop the Froot Loops from falling off the necklace while the child is still lacing.
7. Edible Rainbow Bin
This edible rainbow sensory bin was so much fun and would be either a great introductory bin or a great bin for mixed age groups where some children may still be mouthing objects.
We even used the Froot Loop cereal boxes to make our Chinese Dragon Dance Craft!
I hope you enjoyed this collection of 7 Ways to Play with Froot Loops! The goal of this series is to provide multiple ideas for frugal sensory play and hands-on learning so you can get the most out of your materials!
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