Disclosure: I received promotional boxes of cereal and Mega Bloks cars to facilitate this review.
As a kid, I remember how much I loved it when there was a surprise toy in the cereal box. I had no idea that General Mills has been putting free prizes in cereal boxes for more than 80 years! Right now, General Mills is doing something extra special--offering free customizable premiums for both boys and girls through a partnership with MegaBloks.
Honey Nut Cheerios, Reese’s Puffs, Cocoa Puffs, Lucky Charms, Golden Grahams and Cinnamon Toast Crunch is offering a free Mega Bloks car with a set of Hello Kitty and Power Rangers stickers. There are also instructions on the box itself for a pattern to construct a cardboard jump from the cereal box.
I love this cool video where General Mills partnered with Maker Dad – Mark Frauenfelder – to rev up the breakfast table with a Rube Goldberg contraption made entirely of General Mills Mega Bloks cereal boxes.
Here are some great tips from Mark for creative contraptions to foster family fun, especially for dads and daughters. (Love it!)
- It STEMs from Somewhere: As an illustrator and journalist, my girls are exposed to creative arts all the time, so exploring activities rooted in science helps promote learning in other areas. Plus, I learn a lot from my kids about creativity, experimentation and improvisation in the process.
- Building the Bond: Creating something together and seeing it daughters. In fact, I wrote the book Maker Dad, because I saw the need for a resource that gives dads and daughters ideas for activities they both enjoy doing.
- It’s What’s Inside That Counts: General Mills putting a free, buildable Mega Bloks car in its cereal boxes is a nostalgic experience for me and one I love to share with my daughters. We’re all excited for the free prize inside.
- Try and You Shall Succeed: Building an elaborate structure like this shows that it’s okay to fail, just try again! These kinds of challenges will stretch your mental muscles, and are also a great way to give your kids an introduction to real-life challenges.
- Get Creative: Making a Rube Goldberg contraption leverages the it to our extreme. You can build small ramps and simple structures