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:
All images via Life of Dad Facebook page.