I took Kellan to the grocery store with me and while we were in the cereal aisle, he pointed to a box of Barbara's Peanut Butter Puffins. The cereal section can be a place where battle lines are drawn and tantrums are thrown, so grocery shopping isn't really an errand I do with my preschooler if I can help it.
That being said, I was addicted to this cereal when I was pregnant because it is absolutely delicious. I am not exaggerating when I say I finished off a box every couple of days. It's also relatively low in sugar (6 grams per serving) so I gave in pretty easily.
As soon as we got home, Kellan wanted to dig in. Not only did he want a bowl of Puffins, but he wanted it to look exactly like the picture on the box, with raspberries floating in the bowl. By some good fortune I had fresh raspberries at home. Sweet! Kellan had that look on his face that said he wasn't going to take the news well if we didn't have raspberries. When he sat down to eat his cereal, he wanted to look at the box while he ate (the picture above was not staged, he really wanted to eat like that!).Then he asked me why the raspberries didn't float like the cereal. We talked about how heavier things sink and lighter things float. I told him we could experiment later with some of his bath toys. So even though I bought a box of cereal to avoid a freak-out at the grocery store, it did end up allowing us to have a meaningful conversation. Plus, I now have a tasty bowl of cereal to look forward to in the morning.