## Sunday, February 5, 2012

### Fruit Loop Necklaces Ay-Yi-Yi!

So for the 100th Day I decided it would be a GREAT IDEA to make Fruit Loop necklaces with 100 Fruit Loops!  Boy was that a challenge for my little learners!  So I thought I would share my woes so you all know what you are getting into before you do it!

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1. Love fruit loops...hate stepping on fruit loops!! lol
Jennifer
First Grade Blue Skies

2. Things I learned while doing this activity over the past 5 years 1. Use curling ribbon - it doesn't fray and it is fairly stiff which makes it easy for kiddos to fold the stringing end to fit the holes. 2. Tape one end of the ribbon to the table - believe it or not, I had kiddos who didn't stop when they got to the end or they picked one end up to show their friends their pattern while the pieces all fell off the other end. 3. Keep a small bowl of extras on the table after they count so they can replace pieces without holes or broken pieces. 4. Just sit back and smile...it's fun and the woes are worth it! They will always remember making them and the excitement speaks for itself.

3. Try this with your leftover boxes of cereal and some pretzel sticks: Play "Add 'em and Eat 'em" It's a tens and ones game. Roll a number cube (or two) and roll a number. Use the cereal pieces as ones. Take a cereal piece for each number you roll (i.e., roll a 6, take 6 Froot Loops). Once the player has 10 cereal pieces, he/she can trade in and exchange 10 ones for one pretzel, which represents 1 group of 10. The game continues and the first player to reach 100 wins. When the adding is over, the players eat their game pieces. My students love this game! :)

4. Two words: pipe cleaners! I do the Fruit Loop necklaces with 2 pipe cleaners hooked together (I do this part). The stiffness of the pipe cleaners makes it easy to get through the cereal holes, the "fuzziness" keeps the Fruit Loops from falling off, and the necklaces don't get tangled. We won't be doing 100 Day this year - it lands on Valentine's Day and I can only handle one celebration at a time!!

Pam H.
My Second Home

5. Tie a piece of pasta to the end of the ribbon, that way the fruit loops won't slide off :)

6. Oriental Trading and Lakeshore have yarn with "shoelace" ends on them. It maybe a little more expensive but definitely wrth it! Also taping down one end is very helpful. I have had the students make groups of 10 separated by cheerio or a flower to help them keep track of 100. Love this activity even though it takes perseverance.

7. I love reading these types of posts. When I read about all these ideas and the "what I would do next time..." comments it really helps me to 1- feel better about my own numerous "What I would do next time" moments, and 2- learn from someone else's mistakes- now I know what to do when we try threading cereal!
Thank you so much! For not only the post, but the honesty!!!

8. Fun activity ... and it's great that you told what to watch out for with the Fruit Loop necklaces! Thanks so much for sharing your printable. I featured your printable as the Free Printable of the Day at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page. I also featured it in my post of Montessori-inspired Valentine math trays created using free printables: http://livingmontessorinow.com/2012/02/07/montessori-inspired-valentine-math-trays-and-valentine-ideas-blog-hop/

9. I have had your exact same experience too funny!