Who doesn’t love a STEM project that includes a bag of marshmallows! This is one of my favorite, “totally do-able” STEM challenges. 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 STEM building challenges for kids.
Marshmallows and Toothpicks STEM Challenge
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!
What is STEM? STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. These are all areas of learning that our kids need to be comfortable with to excel in the future. STEM makes creators, thinkers, problem solvers, doers, innovators, and inventors.
Exposing kids to simple STEM ideas at an early age sets a foundation for higher learning tomorrow. We have many easy STEM projects that preschool and elementary age kids can try!
CHECK OUT THESE STEM RESOURCES
- STEM For Toddlers
- Quick STEM Activities
- STEM Activities For First Grade
- STEAM (Art + Science) Activities
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!
Want more things to do with marshmallows? Why not make marshmallow edible slime, build a marshmallow spaghetti tower, take the marshmallow catapult challenge or build a marshmallow igloo.
MARSHMALLOWS AND TOOTHPICKS
YOU WILL NEED:
- Building with Marshmallows and Toothpicks Printable
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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 junior engineers!
BUILDING STEM CHALLENGE #2: MARSHMALLOW TOWER
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 tower. 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 STEM CHALLENGES TO TRY
Straw Boats Challenge – Design a boat made from nothing but straws and tape, and see how many items it can hold before it sinks.
Strong Spaghetti – Get out the pasta and test our your spaghetti bridge designs. Which one will hold the most weight?
Paper Bridges – Similar to our strong spaghettti challenge. Design a paper bridge with folded paper. Which one will hold the most coins?
Paper Chain STEM Challenge – One of the simplest STEM challenges ever!
Egg Drop Challenge – Create your own designs to protect your egg from breaking when it is dropped from a height.
Strong Paper – Experiment with folding paper in different ways to test its strength, and learn about what shapes make the strongest structures.
Spaghetti Marshmallow Tower – Build the tallest spaghetti tower that can hold the weight of a jumbo marshmallow.
Penny Boat Challenge – Design a simple tin foil boat, and see how many pennies it can hold before it sinks.
Gumdrop Bridge – Build a bridge from gumdrops and toothpicks and see how much weight it can hold.
Cup Tower Challenge – Make the tallest tower you can with 100 paper cups.
Paper Clip Challenge – Grab a bunch of paper clips and make a chain. Are paper clips strong enough to hold weight?
FUN MARSHMALLOW TOWER WITH TOOTHPICKS
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I thought about doing this activity when Caden tried to stick a toothpick into a ball of foil! But I think he would rather eat the marshmallows than play with them. It’s one of his favorite treats! LOL
Cute! That little ice cube tray is so cool and is perfect for the marshmallows! Looks fun!
I love how flexible and versatile this activity is – lots of possibilities!
this is awesome! adding marshmallows to my shopping list 😀 although, i wonder if there will be any by the time we get home.. hehe
Love the fine motor work going on here! So cute! 🙂
Great classic fine motor activity! We did this while reading Mike Mulligan & His Steam Shovel and made some 3D shapes, too!
That sounds fun!
Thanks Claire! There are so many fun ways to work on fine motor skills!
Yea, there’s a bit of restraint involved but great for hot chocolate later. Get some rice krispies and you can make it a baking activity too!
Thanks George. I have embraced flexibility in my life. Just roll with it!
I love the idea! There are so many variations you can do with toothpicks, marshmallows, tweezers, and ice cube trays. 🙂
I loved the activity using the tweezers with the ice cube tray. Marshmallows are an essential element of a good activity 😉
I would like to know where I might be able to purchase the tweezers you are showing. I watch my grandson 3 days each week and love doing activities with him. He is 16 months old and those tweezers would be great for his little hands.
This reminds me of my days teaching geometry and having the kids make solids with gum drops and toothpicks. So fun! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!
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