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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Tuesday’s Toolbox

Tuesday's Toolbox button Do your kids fight over who gets to look at the cereal box while they are eating breakfast? It seems we always need “more input” around here, and munching and talking doesn’t seem to be enough…we have to read everything in sight as well. I have fond memories of reading cereal boxes as a kid. Ok, I’ve probably just proven that I’m a dweeb (raising lots of mini-dweebs), but there’s some value to be had in cereal boxes.

Aside from the obvious reading material, this is great material for a mini-lesson in nutrition (beginning with understanding serving size, continuing with RDA based on caloric intake and finishing with actual ingredients list and how most of it consists of vitamins and preservatives added as opposed to “real” food ingredients---oh, and how many different forms of sugar can you find?). But then look beyond the label---cereal boxes are made of lightweight cardboard that is easy to cut with regular scissors (even for kids) and usable in a wide variety of applications.

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My kiddos have made everything from miniature cities, ramps for little cars, and bookmarks out of cereal boxes. Design a skyscraper or recreate the skyline of a particular city. Make little figures for your diorama. Cut the top off at a slant and use it as a magazine holder, or comic book holder…or to organize your lapbooks. Design gliders, fly them, and learn about drag and airfoils. Make memory cards for the little ones. Design trading cards for the main characters of the book you’re studying. The possibilities truly are endless.

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  1. Mine have read the labels for years, yet they still want the sugary sweet cereals sometimes. :) Never thought about tearing the boxes apart for creativity, though. Great thought.

  2. We don't do boxed cereals at our house. Except on holidays. LOL. Gluten free living will do that to a family.

    I like your meme, and I hope you keep it up. There are so many other memes around there, but not many nitty gritty homeschool ones. Those are the kind we homeschool moms really need!

    You might want to link yours to Thirsty Thursdays; whatever fits your meme will fit there as well.


    Annie Kate

  3. Annie Kate-
    Of course, this goes for any box made of lightweight cardboard---even most shoe boxes will work:-)

    I tried to cut out boxed cereals because I'm just not big on "prepared" foods, but it just wasn't happening my kiddos or my hubby. We do avoid things with artificial color and so on though.

  4. Stopped by from Carnival of Homeschooling and love your meme! What a great idea. I was trying to think of something to add but I'm fresh out of creativity at the moment. I'll have to think about it. My kids don't follow in my footsteps as a cereal box reader, but we do cut up the boxes, cover them with scrapbooking paper and make little journals and notebooks. Blessings!:)

  5. Homeschoolers are the most creative people I know. Everything is a learning opportunity!


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