With fall and winter weather on the way, I start to collect ideas for indoor projects that will keep my kids busy for longer then five minutes. This simple activity is perfect and the materials are readily available and cheap.
You simply need toothpicks, mini-marshmallows, and willing hands! I use the cheaper store brand marshmallows and did not notice any difference from the name brand. It is inevitable that a few marshmallows will get eaten, so you might want to buy two bags if you are doing this activity with a large group of children or with older children that will make more complex designs.
When I do this activity with my boys, I lay out a bowl of both materials, show them how to push the toothpick about halfway through the marshmallow and their brains start to go into overdrive. They will gladly spend up to an hour playing with these simple materials and compete to create the tallest structure.
So tell me… what will your children create today?