If you’ve been doing this mom thing for a while now, you’ve undoubtedly picked up a few tricks to keeping your kids happy and entertained. But as we all know, the Cheerio necklaces of yesterday may not charm the demanding toddler of tomorrow. Lucky for you, we’ve got some more DIY kids craft ideas up our sleeves!
This week, we’re looking at one that’s geared more towards toddlers and the pre-K set: the marshmallow sculpture. There have been tons of studies that show that building activities help build a strong foundation for learning math skills, as well as making math fun and interactive. That’s one of the reasons we love this sculpture building activity so much! Another reason is that it’s incredibly simple (and cheap) to set up, and most people already have marshmallows and toothpicks lying around the house somewhere.
Let’s get started! You’ll need two supplies: toothpicks (a small box will do) and marshmallows (we like to be wild and get two different sizes – jumbo and regular marshmallows). If you really want to go all out, pick up a pack of multi-colored toothpicks.
Next, start building! Push a toothpick into the end of a marshmallow and keep adding toothpicks and marshmallows until you build a structure. There’s tons of shapes and sculptures that you can create with marshmallows, but to get those creative juices flowing, here’s some inspiration:
One of the best parts about this DIY kid craft is that you can watch your child get creative with building structures and start exploring geometry concepts. For example, why doesn’t a one-dimensional structure stay upright when you keep adding to it? And how can you make your structure sturdier? Activities that can be turned into great learning opportunities for kids are the ones we like the best!
You can even turn this fun project into a game with multiple kids. Each child has to build a structure that you set the parameters for, like “build a house that has three stories”, or make a shape that has six sides”.
Once you’re done with your marshmallow sculpture, take out the toothpicks and enjoy a quick marshmallow snack with your little one!