How to make Cereal Mix

Ages: 3-5, 6-8
Location: Indoors, Kitchen
Skills: Thinking

What you'll need:
Cereal (multiple kinds)
Measuring cups and spoons
Margarine tub
Plastic bowls

Background:
Keep kids busy in the kitchen by allowing them to mix up their own healthy cereal snack. This measuring activity helps children compare the similarities between the cereals while at the same time noticing the differences they may have overlooked.

Setting up:
Gather the following ingredients: flake-style cereal, precooked oat bran, puffed cereal, raisins, peanuts out of the shell and coconut, each in a separate plastic bowl. Collect a variety of sizes of measuring cups and spoons, and provide one small margarine tub with a lid.

What to do:
Let children go to work measuring their own mixture of different cereals.

Encourage the children to see what differences they find when they measure different ingredients with the same measuring tool. For example, does a tablespoon hold more raisins than flakes of cereal? The children can close the activity by eating their cereal mix for a healthy snack.

Variation: Substitute other ingredients, such as low-fat yogurt, blueberries, pretzels, snack mix and applesauce for new measuring experiences. Write out the children's recipes for them or encourage the children to write their own.

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