Sunday, January 27, 2013

Fruit Loop Necklaces - Oh My!


o 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! 

So I had it all planned out (or so I thought.)  Each student would get a hundred's chart and fill it up with 100 Fruit Loops. I would tie one Fruit Loop to the end of each string so the students could just pull their Fruit Loops off and onto their necklace.  Easy enough right?  Wrong.  Here's what I did not realize! 

  1. Fruit Loops are not always open in the middle!  Seriously!  So I had to tell the kids to just push those aside and get ones with a nice open middle.
  2. Don't allow your string to go off your table.  I had several necklaces stepped on or squished because kids just had them laying on their laps or even on the floor (yuck... good thing they got stepped on so they did not eat cereal from the floor!)
  3. I requested many boxes... I used only 3 for a class of 24.  Now I have a whole cabinet FILLED with Fruit Loops!
  4. The tips of the strings will fray.  So I had to roll tape on the end of each student's string.  This is basically what I did the entire time kids were making their necklaces... fixing tape on string.  Eventually I figured to put a small knot at the end of the string and then the tape.  The knot kept the string from coming apart. 
  5. Fruit Loops will be EVERYWHERE!  Because this took twice as long as I planned, we had to go to art and computers in the middle.  (I seriously thought they could get it done in 45 minutes.)  So in that time, a few students finished and got to wear theirs.  When the students bite them, someones half the Fruit Loop Falls on the ground.... not good in the hallway and computer lab!  Note to self - they stay in the classroom or in a Ziploc bag to take home!  Actually... next time they can bag it and take it home! 
Overall... it was a fun activity and my students REALLY enjoyed it!  If you don't have a 100's chart, here is one for free of course!  Click the image for your freebie!


I know that if I had done this before I could have better prepared myself... had the tape on the string, instructed my students to keep them on the tables, and given them a baggie.  I always say this... "Next year I will do that SO differently!"  My own learning curve I guess!

Happy Fruit Looping!  Hopefully it will go a lot smoother for you!  Share any ideas you have that may make this easier for our teacher friends!


9 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing your woes! I tried fruit loops one year and it was a mess. We're gonna try making necklaces with pasta this year instead..less sticky I think and they won't eat it. We'll see how it goes :)

    Danielle
    Carolina Teacher

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  2. Thank you for sharing your woes! It helps! I wouldn't have thought about the tape on the ends of the strings!
    Rowdy in First Grade

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  3. We make these every year. My best advice is to tape the end of the yarn onto the table so that it can't come off the table as they thread them on. We also tape our papers to the table. We have always used the 100 grids, but this year switched to a paper (8 1/2 x 14 inch) with ten circles on it. They had to put ten pieces of cereal in each circle. Also, we used to wrap the threading end with tape, but this year we tied the yarn to some plastic needles we had. They worked wonderfully! Malt-o-Meal "tootie fruities" are cheaper and we hardly ever have any that are not open in the middle. Occasionally two are stuck together, but they just don't use those. Good luck next year!

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  4. I do these every year too! I use plastic lanyard instead of yarn, which is super easy for them to string. We separate the sets of ten with a rigatoni noodle. :) The hardest part with the lanyard is tying it at the end, but we always wrap the tied bit with masking tape so it doesn't fall apart. I second the advice to tape the end to the table - works like a charm!

    Karen
    Teaching Ace Blog

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  5. This really made me smile. Traditionally, I have my kinders sort plastic beads by color and alternate the colors in sets of ten. Last year, I decided to go the cereal way. Of course, Fruit Loops are all sold out around the 100th Day and some brands say made in plant that processes nuts so we ended up with a generic apple jacks which was great because there were only 2 colors. Having done beads, I have learned to tape everything :) tape to the table and the ends. I told them not to eat them at all but I did have one little girl that was snacking as she strung so hers was a little smaller. Think of the learning your kiddos did by smashing them on the floor...and how many went home and decided to string the cereal in their houses. :)
    Jenn
    prlhrbr@yahoo.com

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  6. I'm going to try this for the first time this year. How long do the necklaces need to be? I'm afraid I'll cut them to short or to long. Thanks for all the great helpful tidbits! :)
    amyrhine17@gmail.com

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    1. I would make them long... tape them to the desk. You can always cut the string.

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  7. I love this for the storytelling as much as the activity! I'm featuring this post on Bagels and Blogs tomorrow. :)

    Donna
    Math Coach’s Corner

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  8. I always do this every 100's day. Instead of using string, I use cheap, thin ribbon (3 for 1.00), cut the ribbon to size and tape one end to a small piece of notecard and before a student starts, I have them put their name on the notecard. The froot loops won't fall off and if a student has to move or stop, I know which necklace belongs to who!

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