I saw this done on The Artful Parent and had to let Emma give it a try!

(Please ignore the laundry in the background)

It’s an inexpensive activity (obviously since all you need is marshmallows and toothpicks), and Emma loved the fact that part of her art supplies were edible.  :)

Actually the fact that it was edible was very distracting and we didn’t get as much modeling done as I had hoped.  ;-)

But we built some little houses like the one seen above, and also made some shapes…

… and letters!

This is a terrific learning opportunity for preschoolers, and really kids of all ages will enjoy this.  You can put together some pretty cool-looking sculptures and you’re not limited in any way!

It would also be fun to do with colored marshmallows or gumdrops, and you can add some other ingredients (cheerios, pretzels, etc) and see what creations your kids come up with!  :)

Have you ever done this?  If not, will you try it?

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6 Responses to Toothpicks + Marshmallows = Yummy Learning Activity!

  • I don’t have a preschooler, but I agree that kids of all ages would enjoy this. I have a 6, 7 & 8 year old who would think this was awesome. I love the idea of using extra pieces like Cheerios. I think it will be fun to give the kids some random items and see what they could make. The fact that they are getting to play with food should get them pretty excited!

  • This is another one of those “why didn’t I think of that!?” moments. Bryson LOVES marshmallows and asks for them every single day. I’m definitely going to try this out. I bet we won’t get much building done either though. (:

  • Oh this is clever! My Lego-Kynex-Lovin’ son will love this and my daughter will turn it into a jewelry kit somehow!

  • Very cute! Looks like the lots of fun! (Would help older kids with 3D shapes and geometry!) Stopping by for the first time from Child-Centered Sunday Showcase!

  • We’ll be doing this tomorrow! I hadn’t thought to use marshmallows, or make letters! We’ve made fruit animals with toothpicks before though. That is lots of fun!

  • My children would love to try this activity! Thank you for sharing this with us on The Sunday Showcase

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