Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day but it’s also a great opportunity to get crafty with little ones! Instead of recycling empty cereal boxes, save them and re-purpose them into entertaining and educational playthings for kids. We’ve got seven cereal box crafts that children will love. From a working musical instrument to a tricky puzzle, these cereal box crafts will keep little ones busy even after breakfast is over. Using what you already have in the house for children's activities is a great way to save money, plus teach your kids how to be resourceful. And it’s not just the box that they'll love playing with! You’ve always said not to play with food but if you have some stale cereal lying around, put it to good use by turning it into a fun art project instead. Or why not get some help from little hands to whip up some tasty cereal treats for the whole family?
It’s time to think outside of the (cereal) box with these fun and easy crafts ideas for kids…
1. Mr Robot
What do you get when you combine a cereal box, some loo rolls, empty tins and aluminium foil? A super cool robot! Find out how to make it here.
2. Cereal box guitars
Get your little ones to start their own band with these clever cereal box guitars. Granted, this is more of a project for mum to make and for little ones to enjoy but who knows? It could be the start of a very successful music career!
3. Cereal necklaces
These cereal necklaces are so simple but a great crafts project for little fingers. Especially on those long 'are we there yet?' car or plane rides. To make, simply provide children with a few handfuls of o-shaped cereal and some liquorice (or regular) string for a fun activity that turns into an edible treat.
4. Memory game
Save those empty cereal boxes for a fun memory game that won't require a trip to the toy shop. It's an easy learning activity for children and the best part is, if they happen to rip or drool on the pieces then you can just toss them out! Simple.
5. Edible decorations
Dust off those Christmas cookie cutters and use them to make cute figures and pretty decorations with rice treats. Combine Rice Snaps, marshmallows and butter in the microwave and then flatten mixture in a pan and place in the fridge. Once cooled into a solid, remove the mixture from the fridge and let children use the cookie cutters to make sweet treats.
6. Jigsaw puzzle
There's no need to go out and buy a new puzzle for little ones – simply use the front of a cereal box instead! Just cut out the front of an empty cereal box, and then depending on how old your child is (younger kids might need larger pieces), cut into pieces. Kids will love putting their box back together!
7. Cereal art
There's little risk of getting paint all over the sofa with this creative art project. All you need is some glue, a piece of paper, some colouring pencils and a few handfuls of cereal. Then it's up to the little ones to get creative! Glue Malted Wheaties together for a beehive and draw in the bees, or arrange colourful cereal into the colours of the rainbow and draw in clouds and birds. The possibilities are endless!
Have fun with cereal box crafts with little ones from Asda's cereal selection - we've got breakfast covered!