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Cereal necklaces are kind of a right of passage as a child. My class loves them, and we make them every year during our 100th Day of School celebration. I have battled with these necklaces before (fraying string, fruit cereal everywhere, regretting the decision!) so here are some helpful tips I have learned along the way for fruit cereal necklaces MADE EASY!
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Fruit Cereal Necklaces Made Easy
Perhaps you are a cereal necklace master, in which case, you won’t need this post. I was not a fruit cereal necklace master! This year I was about to scrap the whole thing because when I was making the sample, the string I had was NOT working, but didn’t want to go out and buy special string, etc. It was taking me forever, and if it takes ME forever, how long would it take my students???
I called up my mom, a preschool teacher and she said, “Don’t you wrap scotch tape around the ends?” Uh… no, no I don’t. Am I supposed to? If you have taped the ends for 100 years and if this is some ancient art of cereal necklacing then please excuse me for acting like a caveman who just discovered the internet.
So here’s how it works… I simply wrap scotch tape around the end of the string real tight and the fruit cereal slides onto the string smoothly like butter! The first time I tried it I actually cheered out loud. No more frayed edges or stuck cereal, all thanks to a teeny piece of tape.
I also tape the other end of the string directly to the table. This holds it in place nicely and NO cereal pieces fall off during the making!
I tape the string down in groups of two at the table with plates of the fruit cereal. The stations are now ready for the students to come to when it is their turn to make a necklace.
100th Day of School Twist
I like to make these fruit cereal necklaces each year for the 100th Day of School! We use this fabulous 100th Day necklace chart, which is a freebie from Mrs. Jones’ Creation Station.
The students place their 100 fruit cereal pieces on the chart before adding them to their string. This helps them keep count and makes the whole thing a smooth process!
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Yes, when we are done there are some stray cereal pieces on the table. But, this is Kindergarten, so I would be more worried if there weren’t!
You can see how nice they string on the pieces and how well it works to have the strings taped to the tables.
I will now forever tape down one end of necklaces to the table. It seriously makes it so much easier!
When they finish stringing their cereal pieces, I tie the string, and VOILA – necklaces!
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