This is not a new idea, but it was something we tried last week as the boys learning about colors. I think this is suitable for children slightly older than my near 3 and 2 year olds.
- Fruit Loops or other "o" shaped cereal.
Cut the yarn. You will want to make sure it is long enough to nut just go around your child's neck, but also so that is long enough that he/she can actually eat the cereal off the yarn. Once cut, dab some glue on one end to keep the yarmn from fraying, making it easier to thread through cereal.
Tie one piece of cereal to the non-glue end to keep the cereal from falling off sting. Thread as many Fruit Loops on yarn as you like. My boys had a hard time not just eating the cereal off the table as they were supposed to be working. Maybe giving them one at a time is a good idea! (Obviously just eating them is perfectly acceptable too, but not what this project is about...yet.)
Tie the ends of the yarn together and place over your child's head. Once it is around their neck, let them chomp away!
(Just an additional note about age: My younger boy, not quite 21 months old, did not like this and got frustrated trying to get the cereal off the yarn)