Who doesn’t love a STEM project that includes a bag of marshmallows! This is one of my favorite, “totally do-able” STEM challenges. Why do I call it “totally do-able”? It’s super budget-friendly and super simple to set up at a moment’s notice. It’s awesome for both large and small groups too. Building with marshmallows and toothpicks is always a huge hit and a quick way to set up structure building challenges for kids.
Marshmallows and Toothpicks STEM Challenges
BUILDING WITH MARSHMALLOWS AND TOOTHPICKS
Why is building structures amazing STEM play? To build a solid structure you need a good design, the right amount of pieces, a solid base, and basic engineering skills. All important aspects of STEM!
CHECK OUT: Your STEM Resources Guide
We like to set up fun building challenges using easy and inexpensive supplies. STEM is all about the world around us so let’s encourage kids to use what they have and get creative with their engineering skills!
YOU WILL NEED:
- Free Printable
BUILDING STEM CHALLENGE #1
First, you can have kiddos build the 2D and 3D shapes printed on the cards! This is a great way for them to familiarize themselves with the various shapes.
Plus, it also provides a chance to work on building skills and problem-solving skills on a basic level. This might be just the right level for your younger engineers!
BUILDING STEM CHALLENGE #2
Do you have a kiddo who is looking for even more of a challenge?
Take it a step further and combine the building techniques you’ve just tried out with the shapes and see who can build the tallest structure. You can set this as a timed event or leave it untimed! Generally, 15-20 mins is a good amount of time
BUILDING STEM CHALLENGE #3
Try the 100 marshmallow challenge! The kiddos have to build with 100 marshmallows in a set amount of time! Generally, 15-20 mins is a good STEM challenge time frame. This is also a fun team building activity!
MORE FUN SIMPLE STEM CHALLENGES
MORE FUN WINTER IDEAS
Looking for even more winter activities for the kiddos, we have a great list that ranges from winter science experiments to snow slime recipes to snowman crafts. Plus, they all use common household supplies making your setup even easier and your wallet even happier!
MAKE A MARSHMALLOW CRAFT THIS WINTER
Click on the image below or on the link for winter science experiments for kids.