DIY Cereal Jewelry can be a neat way for age appropriate kids to work on their fine motor skills. Only use this with children who are old enough to not choke on cereal, typically ages 3+. When my boys were smaller, we used it as a snow day or rainy day craft idea. In children’s ministry, I’ve used it whenever we had extra time in a class setting, and I needed an additional activity. While the nutritional value of most cereal with a hole in the center is probably not much better than candy, you can use your discretion at what type of cereal that you would like to use and perhaps cut down on some of the sugar.
Making a cereal bracelet, necklace, or ring is easy enough for a preschooler to do on their own, so it’s a great edible kid’s craft! While my daughter thinks it’s awesome for a good night snack, it would also be fun for a slumber party with multiple girls. The only supplies required are any sort of cereal with a hole in the center and elastic cord. For an extra learning component, divide the cereal by colors into cupcake liners (this is also another great preschooler activity!).
Cut a length of elastic cord for the piece of jewelry that you are making. I would cut at least 24″ for a necklace, 8″ for a bracelet, and 2″ for a ring. Of course, this can be altered to the size of your child. After cutting the cord, let your child begin to string the cereal on the cord.
I always encourage my daughter to create a pattern, but her favorite is the rainbow ROY G. BIV pattern.
Continue stringing cereal on the cords until they are full. Tie the ends in a knot, and that’s it!
For more preschooler ideas, see the Handprint the Alphabet Series!