Do you have early risers in your community? This program can be used as a pre-breakfast activity. Cut the front panel of a cereal box into puzzle pieces. Then discuss breakfast cereal memories as you solve the puzzle.



1. Cut the front panel off of two identical cereal

boxes. Tip: Use cereals that are available in your community.

2. Turn one panel over and draw straight intersecting lines on the back using a pen and straight edge. The lines can be diagonal, horizontal, and vertical. The more pieces, the more challenging the puzzle.

3. Put all the pieces in a resealable bag for storage.

4. Give the player the bag of puzzle pieces and the matching uncut panel.

5. Remove the pieces from the bag and place them faceup on a table.

6. The player can try either of the following:

  • Put the puzzle together by simply looking at the uncut panel.
  • Match and place the puzzle pieces on top of the uncut panel.

7. For an extra challenge, try putting the puzzle together without using the uncut panel.

For discussion:

While assembling the puzzle, discuss breakfast cereals.

  • What breakfast cereals can you name? (Cheerios, Corn Flakes, Froot Loops, Raisin Bran, Rice Krispies, Cocoa Puffs, Shredded Wheat, etc.)
  • What are some mascots that represent cereals? (Tony the Tiger, Snap, Crackle, and Pop, Crunch, Count Chocula, etc.)
  • Do you like sugar or fruit on your cereal?
Group Size Time of Day Duration Acuity Level
1 on 1
Small (2 - 4)
Medium (5 - 8)
Morning 15 minutes Assisted Living
Long-term Care
Memory Care
Facilitator Gender
Any Coed
Wellness Domains

Social, Intellectual



  • Table and chair
  • Two identical cereal boxes
  • Scissors
  • Resealable bag

Food & Cooking

Good For

Dementia, Depression, Hearing Loss, Isolation



Create puzzles for each person and label resealable bags with a person's name.  Give players their own puzzle.

For a one-on-one or self-directed program, bring materials into the person's room.


Make this activity less challenging by cutting the cereal box panels into large puzzle pieces. (The fewer pieces, the less challenging the puzzle.)


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