Who says you shouldn't play with your food?
Over on instagram I had the chance to team up with some awesome instagrammers to share activities using cheerios. Cheerios are a favorite snack in our house so I was excited to come up with a cheerio activity that would work for toddlers and preschoolers. I decided to create a placemat with a few simple activity prompts to do with the cheerios, and because this week is Earth Week I gave it a little nature twist by making it flower themed.
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FREE PRINTABLE CHEERIO PLACEMAT
This free printable cheerio placemat was inspired by the Cheerio Playbooks by Lee Wade. THe printable has a simple counting activity where your preschooler can use the cheerios as counters for numbers 1 to ten. It also has some flower and garden vocabulary sight words like flower, bloom, grow etc. Using the cheerios like the letter 'O' kids can fill-in-the-blanks to complete the words. I also wanted to make sure there was a more open-ended activity so I included a part where kids can make their own flowers.
I recommend laminating the printable so it can really act like a placemat, but you can also stick it in a reusable sheet protector.
This cheerio placemat is already a great fine motor activity, but you can always add more of a challenge by using tongs or some other bamboo pinchers to help strengthen hand muscles.
Fruity cheerios add the extra element of color so kids have the option to create patterns and make more colorful pictures.
If you don't have cheerios on hand, any small round food would work just as well. Other kinds of cereal, raisins, frozen peas, frozen corn and blueberries are a great option. If the page is laminated a dry erase or wipe-clean marker can also be used to complete the activity to practice drawing circles.
DID YOU TRY IT?
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