It’s funny but when I think back to my own childhood, there are certain things that really stand out; moments that are captured in my brain and will never be forgotten. As I thought back through some of my favorite moments with my mom, I kept coming back to sitting at the kitchen table putting Cheerios on a string that I could later wear around my neck as a necklace. It wasn’t a fancy activity. It wasn’t particularly crafty either. But it was something that I loved doing and I can remember my mom sitting with me at the table watching me as I strung them on one by one. I know she likely holds the same memory dear and thinking of this gave me such a great idea. I thought there would be no better way of sharing love with Cheerios than to pick up a box at Walmart, have my own kids make her a Cheerio necklace and give it to her as part of the get a box, give a box promotion.
After heading to Walmart to pick up of course classic Cheerios that bring back so many memories as well as my favorite varieties like the Fruity Cheerios and Frosted Cheerios, I grabbed my youngest and recreated the memory that was so very sweet to me.
With a few shoestrings and a variety of Cheerios added to bowls, we strung our necklaces and I watched in awe as a piece of my own childhood came to life in my very own kitchen.
I was onde again reminded that it’s not the complexity of an activity that makes is so loved by children…it’s the simplicity of spending time together creating a memory and sharing love.
Once we had strung our Cheerios necklaces, we were ready to surprise my mom with a sweet reminder that those childhood moments are never truly forgotten.
My hope was that this fun craft paired with a card that allowed the kids to tell her what a great grandma she is would bring memories flooding back and show her that all those moments dedicated to creating memories in my own childhood had been worth it. After allowing the boys to create cards telling their grandma how special she is, we presented our Cheerios necklaces to her and just as I expected, the realization of the memory we were presenting was instantaneous.
I could see in her eyes that she was taken back in time to when I was a child and Cheerios were the most fantastic thing in my world. I knew she could remember sitting at another table as I strung each one on with precision while popping them into my mouth when I thought she wasn’t looking.
With those memories in both our minds, I knew I had found a way to connect my children to her with a whole new set of memories that she’ll treasure. More importantly, I had found a way to allow the boys to share love with her in an unforgettable moment that I’m sure will be captured in both of our brains for many years to come.
For us, this activity was about more than just sharing love with Cheerios. It was about creating a memory that crosses generations and lets my mom know that while my childhood may be long past, the moments she created in it will never leave me. I truly hope that one day, when my children are grown with their own families, they will also have these precious memories and amazing ways to share love that they will never forget. Want to see more of our experience? Check out the video below!
This lesson about sharing and creating memories as a family isn’t stopping with our afternoon activity though. You see, right now it’s easy to share love with Cheerios thanks to the Get One, Give One promotion. Since we believe that the perfect way to brighten someone’s day is with a box of Cheerios, we’re super excited about this promotion that allows Walmart shoppers to purchase a box of Cheerios for themselves and share one with someone special! Simply head to your local Walmart today and find your code inside specially marked packages in stores and enter it on http://wm6.walmart.com/Gluten-Free-Cheerios to send a coupon for a free box of Cheerios to someone that matters! Whether it’s a grandma, a friend, a teacher or someone you want to know better, it’s a perfect way to ensure that not just today but all year long you’re spreading love with Cheerios!
Tell me, who would you share a box of Cheerios with?