Rainy days…snowy days…there can be hours ready to be spent with 2 ingredients (when age appropriate)….marshmallows + toothpicks.
On this day we had 5 kids, ages 8, 8, 7, 5, & 4.
After some experimenting I guided the 4 year old a bit, ”Can you build a triangle? Ok, hmmm…I wonder how we can turn it into a square? I could see his wheels turning. How many more marshmallows will you need? How many more toothpicks?” It’s a fun way to build shapes, count sides, talk angles. Angles are way cooler when they are made from marshmallows. I would have paid way more attention in high school geometry if I could have written a proof about marshmallows or any food for that matter.
I thought it was interesting to see they all started building flat, accept one child. But it didn’t take long for it to catch on. You could almost feel the momentum building right along with the structures. There were lots of crashes, rebuilds, and learning how to reinforce with extra flufftasticness. It’s my blog, I can make up words if I want to.
The girls (8,8,7) were my main builders. Rock star builders. Build off and all ALL day builders. Try different shapes and ways to build builders.Connect and work together builders. Discussing which methods were stronger than others builders. They made mailboxes, chairs, flagpoles, snowmen, animals, and much more all within their magical village of wood and sugar.
Which made me really craving Smores. Microwaved Smores. Smores that needed the giant marshmallows.
Giant marshmallows, of course! We added to the building table! New structures, trials, and thinking. I was in awe. It could have been from the sugar rush of the smores, but maybe their brains were growing as rapidly as that marshmallow in the microwave.
Here’s to happiness and learning with a sugar coating, Shelisa
PS. This entry reminded me of Marshmallow Toes.
PSS. Check out a few physics apps: Simple Physics and Dummy Defense.