Parents Are Making Edible Sand for Kids by Putting Cheerios in the Blender

Moms are taking to TikTok and mixing up edible sand with Cheerios!

Lately, we’ve all had a lot of downtime to work on weekend baking projects or settle in on the couch for a virtual tour of all the places we’d love to visit. Of course, for parents, it can be tough to keep the kiddos entertained. You can always sit them down for a virtual Disney ride, but if you’re looking for something more hands-on, TikTok is here to save the day.

Moms on TikTok are making edible sand from Cheerios, and it’s so easy. Here’s how to get started.

We’re in Love with This Trend

Sensory entertainment is important, especially if you’ve got toddlers, and edible sand is the safe (and tasty) way to make a mini sandbox. The tutorial doesn’t require much—just a blender and a box of Cheerios, and voila! You’ve got this afternoon’s activities in the bag. (Or, well, in the box.)

The trend was first posted by mom-genius @ElleAnnaChristine on TikTok.

@elleannachristine🌞🐠🌴 ##fyp ##sensoryplay ##upcycling♬ Laxed (Siren Beat) – Jawsh 685

More moms are jumping on the bandwagon and rolling out their own videos of toddlers playing with edible sand. If your little one has a hankering for just about anything they touch, this is the perfect way to give them the sensory play they need without the worry.

@mamabee2012Edible sand! ##fyp ##cheerios ##generalmills ##toddler ##sensoryplay♬ original sound – mamabee2012

You can also use up those leftover Cheerios with these cereal-based recipes.

An Extra Tip to Keep in Mind

You may want to keep your edible sandbox outside (for the extra-messy little hands), and once you’re finished, make sure to throw your sand away to avoid attracting any ants. Still looking for ways to enjoy the summer with the kids? Try these fun and budget-friendly summer activities your kids will love, like making homemade ice cream and going camping in the backyard.

We don’t know about you, but we’re getting to work on our edible sandbox ASAP.

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Laurie Dixon
Having a passion for writing her whole life, Laurie joined the Taste of Home team to bring together her two favorite things—creative writing and food. She spends most of her time playing with her dog, drafting up short stories and, of course, trying out new recipes.