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How to Make a Computer from a Cereal Box

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How to Make a Computer from a Cereal Box

Tuesdays have generally become my recipe day, but I’ve been ill haven’t really cooked. Instead of Try of New Recipe Tuesday, I thought I’d join in the Quicksilver Circle Blog Cruise.

I taught a basic computer hardware class to a group of 3-5 graders last semester, and we made the inside of a computer out of a cereal box. The kids loved it and learned a lot.



The steps are very simple. Any rectangular cereal box will do. You may want to use one without a hole in the middle, but it was all I had for demonstration.


Step one is to cut off the back–or front which ever side has no print on the inside. Some boxes (especially kid cereals) are printed on the inside. I found this a distraction for my group, but you can cover the printing with regular paper. Cutting off the back can be quite a task. Little hands may need help.

Next, to stabilize the box and reattach the top flap, tape the top with strong tape. I used packing tape because it’s clear. You may need to tape the inside flaps (top & bottom) for more stability.


Take the back piece and cut it in half. Put one piece aside, and attach the other inside the back of the box. This will be your motherboard.


The other items: cpu, sound card, video card, modem, fan, cd/dvd drive, power supply and hard drive will all be cut from the left over piece. Even the tiny colored chips attached to the motherboard (not labeled, but shown) are all fashioned from the leftover piece of cereal box.

If there is enough interest, I’ll be happy to do a series with lesson plans to go along with this craft. I had to be very creative to explain some of these concepts to these kids. For example the way I explained that a modem translated signals into a language the computer could use was by using Star Wars. Only Hans Solo could understand Chewbacca, so he had to translate what Chewbacca was saying so others could understand. Once I said that, they were all good. Everyone got it.

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Courtesy of: Bow of Bronze

About rcwriter

Being a freelance writer, book reviewer, dedicated mom, and popular teacher at her homeschool support group—Renewed Moms Ministry keeps Rhonda Clark extremely busy. She writes most all of her own curriculum for her classes that have varied from elementary science, to middle school history and literature, to high school computer. Her middle school history class, A Renaissance World, will be featured at fall of 2014. When not shuttling her daughter to soccer, archery, bowling, or any other number of endless activities, she devotes time to writing homeschool curriculum and her first novel. Scrapbooking, paper crafting, and reading are downtime activities, but the one thing she enjoys most is spending time with her husband of 20 years. They have two children, a college age son, and a high school age daughter. God blessed Rhonda with a quirky and funky sense of humor. This combines with down home charm, and allows her to connect to readers as a friend. With an ability to put a fresh twist on basic thoughts and Biblical teachings she brings a new perspective to her audience.

2 responses

  1. thank you for sharing and including a link! My kid are going to go bonkers over your idea because they love to “make” computers by folding a piece of paper in half and drawing the keys on the inside (laptop). I can’t wait to show them this.

    • LOL! That’s funny. I actually have paper notebook that the outside cover looks like a computer. My hubby got it at a conference several years ago. We gave it to our daughter (who was about 7) so she could have her own laptop. Imagine her surprise when she opened it. I’d love to give you some links to where I pulled some of my information for my class, but I’m not sure that website exist anymore. YIKES!! It was pretty cool.

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