Marshmallow Sculptures

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We did a lot of holiday baking this season.  A LOT. I noticed that we had a lot of marshmallows leftover, and remember having seen marshmallow sculptures in various places in blog land.  The idea is simple enough - give kids some mini marshmallows and toothpicks and watch as they attach them to make sculptures.  So let's get this straight...I will be cleaning out my pantry, the kids will be occupied (while practicing fine motor skills) and there is no mess to clean up afterward?  This sounds like a win all the way around. 


Supplies you will need:
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Toothpicks
  • Imagination (not pictured)



I demonstrated for the kids how they could push the marshmallows on the toothpicks and they were anxious to get started.  Well, first they asked if they could eat the marshmallows.  I told them they could have a few and surprisingly, they were okay with that. I am pretty sure I consumed more marshmallows that they did. Hey, someone had to make sure they weren't poison.


"A" thought her sculpture looked like train tracks.


B liked making lines of marshmallows and barbells.


I have seen older kids make some really impressive sculptures using marshmallows and toothpicks.  You can try different sized marshmallows for variety.  My girls didn't make anything that elaborate, but this was a fun kids activity, none the less.  


The girls wanted to leave their marshmallow sculptures out so Daddy could see them when he came home.  They were surprised to find that the marshmallows had hardened and we talked about why that happened when they were left out. I was excited to sneak some science into this children's activity.  This idea would work well for kids of all ages. Just be sure to you don't eat more than you build. 

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13 comments:

  1. This looks like a very fun activity for kids :)
    I think my daughter would eat all the marshmellows before she got around to building anything though lol

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  2. fun, fun, fun! We have a ton of marshmallow left over too..I think I know just what to do with them now ;) thanks for sharing!

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  3. That looks like a lot of fun, AND a learning experience (the best kind...where the kids don't even know they are learning!)

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  4. This looks like a ton of fun! Marshmallows are good for so much more than just cooking!

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  5. This is such a great idea- will be definitely trying this one out, thanks

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  6. Vickie, thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I'm so very glad because I'm in love with all of the cool ideas you have here! I have 8grand children all7 and under with another due in June. They all love crafting and I'm always looking for new ideas, now I know where to find them. Thanks so much for sharing so generously!

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  7. nice post thanks for sharing! blessings soraya

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  8. This is a very creative idea for kids... I love the use of marshmallows into a sculpture game.. Thanks so much for stopping by and gift tags certainly a great idea.. :)
    I am your newest GFC follower..
    Take care
    Love
    Hani

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  9. I think my adult son would love this LOL! Very fun idea...gotta pin it!

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  10. great idea - as an Architect by pre-kid-profession, I love getting kids (and girls especially) excited about building things; thinking logically, understanding how things are made, and then constructing their own arrangements - well done on this idea - I love it.

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  11. Thanks for sharing this should be fun to try!

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  12. I like this activity- however have a suggestion for those of you like me that work in a multiaged preschool 2 or younger to 5 with possible setting of 5 or more of mixed age- that addresses a small concern for toothpick use with the small ones. Discount store plastic or even paper cute-tips would be a age safe option. Either pulling off cotton if easy to do, or snipping tips off with scissors. Just a thought, of course not as long as toothpicks you have, they might be more sturdy.

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    1. That is a great modification! Now I want to try it!

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