Marshmallow Sculptures

by Aubrey on April 14, 2010

I’m feeling a little sheepish about sharing this activity because it is something that most of you have probably already done…hopefully someone will benefit from this post.

Last weekend we had a family reunion and there were 16 kids ranging from ages 3 mos to 10 year old.  All of them LOVED this activity…with exception of the 3 month old of course.  The beautiful thing about this activity is that you only need two supplies: marshmallows and toothpicks…items most of us usually have on hand for one reason or another.  

I also loved this activity because it allowed each child to CREATE whatever they wanted.  It was so fun to see how each of their sculptures turned out.

I love this kind of activity for those times when you just aren’t sure what to do with the kiddos at the end of the day when you are ready to pull your hair out…please tell me you know what I’m talking about.  :-)  It’s simple but fun!  You may be surprised with what they come up with!

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Raejean April 14, 2010 at 6:27 am

I’ve always meant to try this. Maybe I can work it into our “summer school” activities!

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Michelle April 14, 2010 at 7:02 am

Yep, this is one of those sanity-savers for sure. : ) Their sculptures turned out great.

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Susan April 14, 2010 at 7:19 am

Never done this! My kids will love it! Thanks.

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Kate April 14, 2010 at 7:34 am

oooooh, I saw these at the school my elest son goes to. They look so much fun. Think that we will have to file this away for a few years as all his youngest brother wanted to do was smash them all! So simple and creative. smiles

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Destri April 14, 2010 at 7:52 am

I have never seen this! I even have marshmallows – They are the big ones though, hmmm…think they will work?
Awesome idea, wnd yes I have those moments at the end of every day, don’t we all?! What a perfect thing to do while I am making dinner, keeps ‘em in the kitchen!

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Aubrey April 14, 2010 at 2:24 pm

Try it and let me know!

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Jileen April 14, 2010 at 8:27 am

Aubrey, I have never seen this before – but I am so excited to try it! We try to do lots of different activities during the summer and this one will be great. Fabulous!

Oh, and we never have those moments of pulling hair out – because I don’t have any left to pull… :)

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Aubrey April 14, 2010 at 2:23 pm

I’m glad I was able to give you a new idea, I bet your boys will love it! You crack me up, you are probably the most patient person I know, I don’t believe you are pulling all your hair out! :-)

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Tina April 14, 2010 at 8:27 am

I have seen some of my teacher friends do this and NEVER thought to do this at home. Can’t wait! (I am sure there will be mouths full of marshmallows too!)
Best,
Tina

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Aubrey April 14, 2010 at 2:22 pm

Of course, we honestly can’t let the kiddos do an activity with marshmallows and expect them not to eat them right?! :-)

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Suzanne April 14, 2010 at 8:53 am

I’ve never seen this before and I think it’s a super idea. I’ll have to try it sometime, thanks.

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Kim April 14, 2010 at 8:54 am

Wow, those look great! My son has wanted to do this activity since he saw it on Curious George, but it will have to be during little sister’s naptime. Thanks for the reminder about it. I have been meaning to do it for a while.

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Aubrey April 14, 2010 at 2:21 pm

Hey we saw that episode of Curious George too! It didn’t even cross my mind to do it then… Thanks to my awesome sister in-law we did!

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Sherida April 14, 2010 at 9:26 am

This was so fun to do! My oldest had fun seeing how much weight her creation could hold. My girls are wanting to do it again! I think I will do it again, but use the colored marshmallows.

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Aubrey April 14, 2010 at 2:18 pm

I love the colored marshmallows idea! Thanks for doing this activity Sherida!

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Maria April 14, 2010 at 11:36 am

Toothpicks and marshmallows are two of my big boys favorite things. Combining them might make me the coolest mom in the universe. Thanks for the idea. Miss you too.

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Galimamphigouri April 15, 2010 at 12:28 am

I love this idea a lot and never heard about it!!! (I share it again on my blog http://galimanphigouric.canalblog.fr) Thanks!

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Brenda Barfield April 20, 2010 at 11:38 am

I’m gonna try this with our juniors at church!!! Looks like a fun activity and their creativity will be “loosed” ! Cannot wait to see their finished products!

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Brook @ To Be Dancing February 5, 2011 at 10:06 am

and you could build molecules if you wanted to add a dash of science

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give peas a chance February 5, 2011 at 12:50 pm

we do this with packing peanuts to reuse and recycle them

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Amy Kirchhoff February 7, 2011 at 11:41 am

Thank heavens for this tutorial! I read it on the last day of our freak Arctic freeze last week, and it saved my sanity. Thanks again for the idea!
http://www.amytriedit.com/2011/02/marshmallow-construction.html

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Jonathan February 13, 2011 at 4:30 pm

they’re awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Deb January 18, 2013 at 10:08 am

Can tell you that my grandkids will love this.
Off to the store now to buy both, and some hot cocoa
to use if there are any left overs.
THANKS

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Destri January 20, 2013 at 11:50 am

Oh you’re one of those fabulous Grandmas! You even thought of the hot cocoa :) I hope they enjoyed it!

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