Creativity has no boundaries. Even with a limited medium or supplies, you and your child can still be creative and make some arts and crafts. Of course, Christmas is just around the corner, so why not aim your creativity towards the holidays? Most people who celebrate Christmas set up either a real or fake Christmas tree. No matter which way you go with the tree, it still needs decorations. Why not work with your child on making little ornaments for your tree this year? My favorite child friendly ornament consists mostly of those little colored hoop cereals such as Froot Loops. If something like Cheerios is all you have, that is fine too, especially if you already have colored decorations on your tree.
What You’ll Need:
Any cereal consisting of loops (Froot Loops, Cheerios or Apple Jacks)
String, yarn, or ribbon
Glitter spray (optional)
Yes, it is true, you really only need two things. There are, of course, multiple decorations you can make using just these two materials. The first one emulates garland. Basically what you and your child need to do first is separate the different colored loops. This step is obviously skipped if you aren’t using colored cereal. After all the colors are separated, ask your child if he or she plans on using a color pattern. If they are, set the color groups in the order your child will be using them. This will help you both to avoid mistakes in the pattern.
The next step is to tie the string, ribbon or yarn to a piece of cereal. This will prevent the other pieces from falling off and will cause this loop to be vertical. Now you just need to add the rest of the pieces by putting the string, ribbon or yarn through them. Once you reach the desired length, tie the ribbon, yarn or string to the vertical loop at the bottom. If you made these long enough, you could actually wrap them around the tree. Also, if you tie the end onto a second vertical loop instead of making a circle, you’ll make a long string of loops. You can then wrap it around the tree more freely or drape it.
To make this more of an actual ornament, tie the first vertical loop on. Again, you are going to slide on the allotted number of loops in whichever pattern you choose. When you are finished stacking the cereal, tie a second vertical loop. Next, make a loop with the remaining string, yarn or ribbon and tie it off with a double knot. This looped string will allow you to hang this cute ornament from a branch on your real or fake tree. For added dazzle you can spray these ornaments with glitter spray, available at craft stores.
The neat thing about making these decorations and ornaments is that if you chose not to spray them with glitter, you can crush them up once you get rid of the tree, and sprinkle them on the ground for the birds to eat.