Bored Child Alert: You Can Make Edible Sand from Cheerios

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Finding new ways to entertain your children during the coronavirus pandemic has been an ongoing struggle for parents across the world for the last few months, but one mom just found a fun hack you may not have thought of: Cheerios — as a plaything.

We can hear you saying, “Huh?,” so let us explain. Earlier this month, TikTok user @elleannachristine posted a video of herself grinding up some of the cereal in her blender. Once the cereal has become a massive pile of powder, she then takes the powder and puts it into a massive dish that her baby can sift through, with some beach toys.

The result? A non-toxic sandbox that lets your child play without the negative consequences of them eating the sand.

Naturally, most of the comments were from fellow parents who were in awe of @elleannachristine’s brilliance:


As one parent wrote in the comments, the cereal-as-sand is a “great edible sensory project” — a crucial part of childhood. As a report on cognitive development and sensory play by Michigan State University notes, when “children have sensory experiences, they store their whole body experiences in their ‘sensory memory.’ ” That sensory memory is how people “begin the process of understanding and gaining knowledge.” Who knew a breakfast cereal could hold so much power?

Other parents have since followed suit with the homemade sand trend, posting their own Cheerios-as-sand videos on TikTok. That has us wondering what else we can do with our favorite breakfast foods. Pop-Tart frisbees, anyone?

Tags: Toddlers, Navigating the Pandemic, Overcoming Adversity, Activities for Kids, Creativity

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Rose Low

Rose Low is a writer based in New York, with a background in social media strategy and reporting. She has a Masters from NYU and a love for romantic comedies. See Full Bio

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