I'm running out of ideas here, friends. We're on Day 3 of "social distancing" and let's just say I don't have a second career as a homeschool mama-teacher. This gig is challenging.
To add fuel to the fire, there's the fact that I don't have a lot of "things" for the kiddos to do. Sure, we have our regular toys and building blocks and books and papers and crayons, but if I had known we were going to be stuck at home for an extended period of time I would have bought #alltheprojects. Yes, of course, Amazon is a life saver and I have already ordered a plethora of crafting materials and kits, but until they arrive (delays abound!), I have had to get mighty creative.
One thing I do have plenty of: cereal. While we were doing our "not-quite quarantine" grocery shopping, I decided to purchase a few boxes of sugar cereal. My kids normally aren't allowed to eat these breakfast treats--chock full of marshmallows and chocolate and food coloring--so I thought that a few boxes of these sweet cereals would add an element of excitement to this confusing stuck-at-home situation of ours.
Besides having a sugar-high after breakfast, we're pretty happy with our grocery purchase. It turns out, you can use sugar cereal for a lot of things--other than breakfast. Just yesterday morning, I used the green four-leaf clover marshmallows in my box of Lucky Charms to dye the toilet water green (that sneaky St. Paddy's Day leprechaun!). And when our designated art time class came, I decided to have them freely make pictures with rainbow Fruit Loops. They had the best time--and, even more awesome, I didn't need to give them a snack--they just ate their projects (ha!). They loved it so much that today we decided to make Cheerio and Fruit Loop jewelry. Win-win.
In case you need some cereal inspiration, I've rounded up a few things you can do with your fave varietals. And if you don't *usually* allow sugar cereals in your house, start an order on Amazon Fresh--you're going to need lots of activities and snacks to get through these next few weeks. Good luck!
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