We did A LOT of crafts when my kids were younger -- give a kid a piece of paper, a crayon and a couple of glue sticks, well, you ARE the Queen (or King) of Distraction -- especially, around the holidays.
What is our favorite wintertime craft? Well, I'm really glad you asked -- stay with me here, it's been a long winter -- two crafts that immediately come to mind are: making paper chains, and stringing together cereal (or popcorn) and then hanging them outside (or on one of the trees in our yard) as a wintertime treat for the birds.
My friends over at Kellogg's created a really cool Pinterest board of Fruit Loops busy bags and crafts, basically activity bags that can be easily assembled to help kids encourage age-appropriate skills, like counting and sorting.
Although my kids are older (our youngest is 11) we still enjoy crafting together and then it suddenly occurred to me: we NEVER did get around to making our paper chains or wintertime treat for our bird-friends, dangit.
So, for this project, my youngest and I decided to incorporate our two favorite crafts together and created a pretty awesome Fruit Loops cereal bracelet chain -- here's how:
For this craft, you will need: a couple of pipe cleaners (depending on the desired length of your chain) and enough Froot Loops to craft with AND eat :)
Thread another pipe cleaner with cereal and then loop it through the bracelet before twisting the ends together to make another circle....and so on....and so on....until you reach the desired length of your chain.
There you go: a fun, easy, colorful and yummy wintertime craft project, perfect for any season or ocassion, don't you think?
Check out the Froot Loops board on Pinterest to see more awesome craft and busy bag ideas for kids and feel free to pin a few of your own.
We'll leave the porch light on for you, just in case.
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