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As a part of our TotsRead1K Book Club journey, we have enjoyed reading new books and working on art projects based on books we are reading. This summer we have enjoyed building our library and pre-reading skills in preparation for tot homeschool. Some of our crafts from books include a caterpillar, spider, and rainbow. Today we are working on a painted cereal art Clifford to go with our free Scholastic Clifford The Big Red Dog book we redeemed through the Kellogg’s Family Rewards program.
We have been reading to Little Z since she was in the womb. At two years old, she can “read” basic books back to us. It is a joy to read with her before bedtime because this is her favorite time to share her reading skills. Whenever we introduce a craft related to a book she has read she is so excited. Sometimes we work on the craft first as a surprise before we read the book. That is what we are doing today with our Clifford The Big Red Dog cereal art.
We ordered Kellogg’s Corn Pops cereal along with some other Kellogg’s snacks online at Walmart. Once our order arrived, we logged into to our Kellogg’s Family Rewards account to redeem our free book. Our book will take approximately 6-8 weeks to arrive so in the meantime, we are working on this fun Clifford cereal art craft. Big Z also joined in on the fun. Although she is heading to fourth grade and on a completely different reading level, this craft project was a fun way for her to bond over the love of books with her little sister. She enjoyed doing this craft so much, she asked if we can do one based on the free book she will receive from the program.
Clifford The Big Red Dog Craft
- White or red construction paper (we went with white because it was easier for little Z to work with)
- Clifford The Big Red Dog Printable
- Red paint and paint brushes
- 2 cups of Kellogg’s Corn Pops
- 2 lined cookie sheets
- Red and black markers
- 1 black pen
- Cotton balls for eyes and mouth (if using red construction paper)
- Heavy construction paper for hanging
Lay a white sheet of construction paper over the Clifford printable and trace a copy of Clifford then set aside
Measure out 2 cups of Kellogg’s Corn Pops and pour on lined cookie sheets (1 cup each sheet)
Pour paint into a small bowl then use a paint brush to paint each piece of cereal.
Smaller children may prefer to hold each piece of cereal in their hands.
Once all the cereal is painted set outside to dry. This will take several hours or you can leave it overnight.
Once dry use glue to adhere painted cereal to the traced image of Clifford. Use markers or paint to color in the face and visible white areas on the body.
Dry overnight and then adhere to heavy construction paper for more durability and hanging.
Building your at home library while creating beautiful pieces of art with your children is a great way to encourage reading in your home. Here is how you can redeem your free Scholastic books through the Kellogg’s Rewards Program:
Purchase eligible Kellogg’s products online at Walmart.com or in stores between 7/21 – 9/11.
Create a Kellogg’s Family Rewards account.
Use your receipt from your online purchase or the code on select boxes purchased in store to redeem your free Scholastic books on the family rewards site. You can upload your receipt via text, scan or by using the Kellogg’s Family Rewards app.
Select your free Scholastic books from the Kellogg’s Family Rewards site.
You can receive up to 30 free books. Each code or qualified product purchased online = 1 free book. Books range from beginning reader to teens and are also available in Spanish and Ebook formats. You can also elect to donate any hard copy books to your local school. Donations will be shipped directly to the school with a message from your family.
There is nothing like the joy of reading, discovering new and exciting characters, and placing yourself in the story. Build your at home library with books of all genres and reading levels for the whole family to explore. Reading together is a great foundation for a strong love of books for even the youngest of children. Watch your child grow and continue to enjoy reading books and making fun projects about them.
What books will you be reading to your kids this summer? Share your favorite titles from the books offered to be #Back2SchoolReady
ElleAugust 6, 2015 at 7:47 AM
OMG so cute, such an upgrade from our Macaroni Art when I was little, those babies are soo cute! They look like they enjoyed themselves to much
M JAugust 6, 2015 at 8:48 AM
Thanks Elle. It was fun and Baby Girl was so proud. I enjoyed filling in some spots with paint. Who knew kids crafts could be so relaxing.
NeelyAugust 6, 2015 at 4:32 PM
This is a fantastically cool idea
M JAugust 7, 2015 at 9:00 AM
AdannaAugust 6, 2015 at 7:17 PM
Awwww love button for Z girls they did awesome with this project. So fun and cute. I’ll have to try this with my babies although they may eat all lol
M JAugust 7, 2015 at 9:00 AM
Thanks Adanna. This was probably my favorite craft to date. We seriously had a great time and the girls are so happy with their final results. It was truly a great time. Now Little Z wants to paint cereal every day. Oh boy! LOL
Christine @MomsNChargeAugust 7, 2015 at 12:07 AM
I would’ve never thought to paint cereal!!! This is such a genius, fun and cute idea! I know my kids would love to do a similar project.
M JAugust 7, 2015 at 8:59 AM
Thanks Christine. It was so much fun and it even made me relax as I was filling in some spots with paint. There are easier ways to accomplish this craft but easier is certainly not always better so definitely give this a try. The cleanup was minimal and we really enjoyed it.