I like to keep an arsenal of kids' project ideas on hand (on my Pinterest Board) for days where we are stuck inside, a holiday is approaching, or we are just looking to do something creative. When I saw this simple colorful bird feeder, I knew it would be great for both my 2 and 4 year old (I got my idea from here). Plus, it helped that I only had to buy a box of Fruit Loops and I had pipe cleaners on hand. True story, I get crazy self conscious when buying foods like this and want to tell everyone that looks at me, "Don't worry! I am not feeding these to my children, it is just for a project!" I am crazy, I know. But, I try to impart healthy food choices upon my children and artificially flavored sugar cereal just isn't part of our daily breakfast rotation.
First up, all you need is a few pipe cleaners, some cereal with holes (I wanted something colorful for Valentines' Day!) and a bit of string to hang them in the tree!
Have your kids start stringing the cereal onto the pipe cleaners.
When it starts looking full, slide some cereal aside and bend the bottom into a point.
Next, take the ends and twist them together. Push them down to create a heart shape. This takes a little playing around with, but not hard to do!
My two year old usually checks out part way through, but he concentrated so hard and did a great job! Great activity for fine motor skills here.
Ready to hang! Just tie a small piece of string at the top so you can hang them up.