After a couple long days filled with family and friends, we definitely needed some quiet time. Coloring was getting tiresome and the girls were restless. We were rescued with this activity from the Quiet Time Box! It was a simple, straight forward activity that had the girls entertained while dinner was cooking!
Whether you are in need of a little quiet time or need to keep the kids entertained while you get dinner ready, this activity is definitely one that can be used to occupy your little ones and provide you with some much needed quiet time.
Materials are ready for the girls!
The girls are excited to get their masterpieces started.
Zoey concentrating on creating her artwork.
Harper preferred to build up!
Snacking between building is the best.
Just when you thought Mom wasn't looking, you get caught eating the marshmallow!
It takes focus to create cereal art.
Fun times mixing art with food!
Make a picture with marshmallows, cereal, EAT!
► Idea Box
► Length of time spent on activity (approx.)
► Materials needed/chosen
Marshmallows, different types of cereal (we used corn pops, cocoa puffs, and fruit loops), plates, and imagination!
► Any prep-work? If so, what?
Just getting all the materials out.
► Directions / What we did
One of the more simpler activities we've done, it was quick, easy, and a great way to keep kids entertained.
I gathered different types of cereal we had in the house and marshmallows (we used the big kind since it was what we had, next time I think I may use the minis).
The way we introducted this activity was that I prefaced it with asking how we usually create art - their answer was "crayons, paint, chalk!" and I explained that we can use different types of materials to make art. Today, we are going to use food! I pointed to each different type so they can name them and off they went!
Zoey took a more methodical approach and intricately placed each piece on her plate. Harper on the other hand, starting hoarding all the cereal and marshmallows on her plate, yelled "done!" and started eating, true to her personality.
► Possible ways to expand on the activity
I think next time we should use a "food mortar" such as frosting or whipped cream. They wanted to build UP rather than flat so that might be an option next time! Maybe making a marshmallow tower!
► What would you do differently next time?
I would maybe use a little marshmallow fluff, chocolate/vanilla frosting or whipped cream to hold the cereal in place! One of the problems they had was that the materials kept moving around!
► What my child was able to do by themselves
They both did the entire activity including eating marshmallows AND the cereal by themselves!
► What my child needed help with
Eating the cereal...since there was a LOT!
► My child's thoughts about the activity
Zoey LOVED the idea of playing WITH her food! She usually does not get to play around with food so this was new and fun for her! She made a couple "faces" and towers to make her "master piece" a success!
Harper (aged 2) wasn't impressed. She just hoarded the cereal and marshmallows on the plate.
► Any other thoughts or info about the activity?
This was a GREAT way to get them interested in not only art but food. I think you can definitely do this activity with different types of food (think vegetables, fruit, dessert, and maybe a whole meal they can create before they eat it!). The possibilities are endless because let's be real... who doesn't like playing with food!
Jennifer N. is an educator and photographer converted to stay-at-home mother of two spunky girls. When she’s not wrangling her two wildlings on one of their adventures, she is writing and documenting the joys of parenting and childhood one photograph at a time. After surviving two children under two, she believes she can take on the world.
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