Dads Are Trying to Stack as Many Cheerios as They Can on Their Sleeping Kids

If you’re a parent, there’s a good chance you have a box Cheerios stashed in your cabinet. Although kids and adults both enjoy this tasty snack, dads across the world have found an alternative use for the circular cereal—the basis for a fun game called the Cheerio Challenge. The premise is simple: as a child naps, the dad tries to stack a tower of wheat rings—one at a time—on their offspring’s body. Commonly, this is on the face (the nose or forehead), but anywhere is game.

The silly and adorable challenge was created by Patrick Quinn, the founder of Life of Dad. He got the idea for it while playing with his three-week-old son, Maxton. “I put one Cheerio on his nose, and then tried to see how many I could stack, and it kind of just went from there,” Quinn told Buzzfeed. After sharing it with his followers, the game blew up as tons of people tried their luck.

Despite the simplicity of the task, the Cheerio Challenge is harder than it looks. You’ve got to quietly and stealthily stack the cereal without your kid waking up—no matter how funny you may find it. “The real challenge of the Cheerio Challenge is stifling your own laughter,” Quinn said.

Anything over five Cheerios high is considered impressive, but if you’re a dad and have tried the #CheerioChallenge, let us know how far you got!

Here's Quinn's original call to action:

Quinn shared these results on his Life of Dad Facebook page:

Since the challenge has gone viral, kids are turning the fun onto their dads:

Life of Dad: Website | Facebook | Instagram
via [Buzzfeed, Boing Boing]

All images via Life of Dad Facebook page.

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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