To explore the cereal you can support the child/young person to explore with guidance and ideas, or through coactive exploration and hand under hand support.
If the young person does not like to touch use a clear bag, gloves or encourage the child to observe you through vision, sound or through hand under hand support where the child/young person’s hand do not make contact with the cereal directly.
Encourage them to reach inside to feel the size and the shape of the cereal.
Pour some Cheerios, with a shallow tray underneath their hand or on their table tray. Talk about the sounds they hear and smell.
Explore the cereal on the tray or in their hands. Introduce key words/signs through discussion
Are they hard/soft?
Do you like the feel/taste/smell?
Using a rolling pin encourage the young person to bash, roll and squeeze the cereal into crumbs.
Try pouring the sand over their hands an exploring using cups, scoops, tubes, sieves.
Use toys to explore the sand buy pouring, pushing, banging, rolling etc.
Recall the activity by recounting what you did. Compare the whole cereal to the sand exploring the two different textures/sizes.
Recap what actions and movements you did to make the sand.
Does the child/young person prefer the whole cereal or the sand?
Make sweeping up part of the fun and support the child/young person to help.