This giant cereal bowl is actually an old punch bowl, but any big mixing bowl or storage container would work.
I also added some extra cereal to the pretend play box so that it would give a bit of a rattle if shaken, and allow the children to investigate the cause of the noise before pouring the cereal into the bin.
This is a great edible sensory bin for young toddlers, and it provides opportunities to practice the wrist actions for using a spoon, use their pincer grip to pick up individual pieces of cereal, and can allow for colour sorting if you put out enough containers to sort into.
We don’t often eat sugary cereals, so I expected there to be more tasting involved in exploring this bin — there was some, but they really loved spooning and scooping the cereal and were too busy to eat!
We actually call these types of cereals “hotel cereal” in our home (inspired by a friend) because we often take small travel-sized boxes of cereal on vacation with us as a treat. If you do something similar, it might be fun to do some other “plays” on the hotel or vacation theme.
We played like this for quite a while before I introduced the idea of colour sorting.
This is a great, hands-on and tasty way for kids to work that pincer grip needed for writing and also practice hand-eye coordination while sorting the colors, because there is a big sea of different colors.
After sorting the cereal for a few minutes, you can mix things up with these extensions:
- Add a dice with the different colors taped to it and have the kids
- Set a timer for 10-20 seconds and see how many pieces of cereal your child can gather in a specific color
- Make cereal necklaces – we discovered during our St. Patrick’s Day activities that Froot Loops don’t fit on licorice lace so use dental floss or string
- Use the sorted cereal to make art or our giant edible rainbow sensory bin
Of course, we had to end our sensory play with a Froot Loops snack — we opted for a kid-made Froot Loops Parfait, but if you’re brave enough to face the sugar rush, my Froot Loops cupcakes are always a hit.
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