"You are never too young to play with your food, all you need is a little imagination." - Emilie Moore (2011)
We all know kidlets love Fruit Loops, they are colourful, and sweet and outright tasty in the mind of a child. But have you ever considered using Fruit Loops to teach your special little person things like counting, sorting, colours, fine motor skills or patterns? If not, then welcome to the colourful world of creative learning in the eyes of yours truly! As Miss Arianna nears the age of schooling, I will be sharing more and more blogs on creative ways to teach your child basic life skills. This will include a huge range of ideas collected by myself to make learning feel, well, not like learning at all.
To create a 'workplace' for this activity get a piece of Styrofoam & 5 bamboo skewers. Colour (with crayons, felt pens, dye or paint - I used crayons) each skewer one colour each - red, orange, yellow, green, blue & purple. Then place them in that order spike down into the Styrofoam. I first asked them to sort the fruit loops into the colours and place them on the corresponding skewers, then I asked them to name the colours in a row. To make things a little trickier for them I asked them to count the fruit loops on each skewer for me. So all in all, this nifty trick taught them motor skills (getting the fruit loops onto the skewers), colours, sorting AND counting all in one activity!