10 Ways to Play with Cereal {Sensory Summer}

Practice fine motor skills with this cereal filled sensory bin! This is a perfect activity for summer tot school, preschool, or kindergarten!
I'm not sure why I've never filled our sensory bin with cereal before, but it made the perfect taste safe bin for my girls.  They loved measuring, mixing, dumping, scooping, and snacking every time I took our bin out to play. Check out all 10 ways we played with this week's Sensory Summer bin!

If you want to gather all of your materials before you start, we found almost everything we needed at Target, The Dollar Tree or on Amazon. Here are all the materials we used:

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Cheerios
Kix
Fruit Loops
Empty Water Bottles
Rainbow Printable Page
Practice fine motor skills with this cereal filled sensory bin! This is a perfect activity for summer tot school, preschool, or kindergarten!
Cereal Measuring and Mixing:
We started out the week with Kix and Cheerios cereal in our bin with whisksmeasuring spoonsmeasuring cupswooden spoons, and bowls. The girls loved measuring, mixing, dumping, scooping, and snacking all morning long!
Practice fine motor skills with this cereal filled sensory bin! This is a perfect activity for summer tot school, preschool, or kindergarten!
Cereal Filling:
Next, I added in some empty water bottles, funnelsscoopsI found a large funnel at the dollar store and chopped off a bit of the bottom so cereal could fit through, then Madelynn used the funnel to fill water bottles, while Aubrey used them as shakers.
Practice fine motor skills and number recognition with this cereal filled sensory bin! This is a perfect activity for summer tot school, preschool, or kindergarten!
 Cereal Numbers:
These number cards from the Target dollar spot made the perfect addition to our cereal sensory bin.
Practice fine motor skills and shape recognition with this cereal filled sensory bin! This is a perfect activity for summer tot school, preschool, or kindergarten!
 Cereal Shapes:
We also found these awesome shape cards!
Practice fine motor skills and letter recognition with this cereal filled sensory bin! This is a perfect activity for summer tot school, preschool, or kindergarten!
 Cereal Letters:
...and letters too! Target gold mine!
Practice fine motor skills and colors with this cereal filled sensory bin! This is a perfect activity for summer tot school, preschool, or kindergarten!
 Cereal Rainbow:
To spice things up a bit I added in Fruit Loops to our cereal mixture. I made this rainbow printable for our Tot School Weather Unit and knew I had to pull it back out for some rainbow building.
Practice fine motor skills and patterns with this cereal filled sensory bin! This is a perfect activity for summer tot school, preschool, or kindergarten!
 Cereal Patterns:
I started out with a lot of modeling to help Madelynn get the concept. I made a few AB patterns and asked her to finish them.  Then she started to get the idea and made some of her own.
Practice fine motor skills with this cereal filled sensory bin! This is a perfect activity for summer tot school, preschool, or kindergarten!
  Cereal Stringing:
Fruit loops are just big enough for threading with lacing string so Madelynn made cereal necklaces.  This was definitely too difficult for Aubrey's little fingers, so Madelynn strung a few for her and I tied the ends together.  She loved munching them off the string while Madelyn worked hard to make another necklace for herself.
Practice fine motor skills and sorting with this cereal filled sensory bin! This is a perfect activity for summer tot school, preschool, or kindergarten!
 Cereal Sorting:
Madelynn is a sorting pro these days, and our fruit loops were just begging to be sorted. We used our colored cups to sort them by color. Aubrey tried to help a bit, but mostly put handfuls into each cup, driving her sister crazy!
Practice fine motor skills with this cereal filled sensory bin! This is a perfect activity for summer tot school, preschool, or kindergarten!
Cereal Smashing:
If you give a kid a hammer...they will smash all the things. This was the perfect end to our cereal week. The girls loved smashing all the cereal in our sensory summer bin, and our dog loved cleaning up the flying pieces!

Do you have an edible sensory bin filler you love? I'd love to hear your ideas!

If you missed our  previous themes, you can catch up here:

This summer we are spending a whole week at a time using the same sensory bin full of materials and coming up with different ways to play every day. See you next week when we explore, play, and get learn with...sand!  Here are the themes and plans coming your way all summer long:


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