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
- 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.