Can you believe I don’t really like marshmallows? Well, I don’t like to eat them.
When I came home with SIX bags of marshmallows the other day my husband was a little taken aback. Who in the world would be eating all of those?!?! Certainly not me. And my boys can only take one or two, six bags seemed a little excessive…
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But it’s only excessive if you plan on eating them. If you’re doing activities with them, it’s all good 😉
Plus the marshmallows came in such fun designs, I really couldn’t leave until I had a complete collection (see: gingerbread men, Christmas trees, stars, snowmen, mini mallows, jumbo mallows…)
I added a few of the different types to a tray and looked for toothpicks…
(turns out we used all our toothpicks in our last marshmallow activity and I never replaced them, so I added mini skewers.)
I was initially planning on making marshmallow patterns on toothpicks for a simple preschool math activity, but once I saw the skewers my mind flooded with images of old-school Tinker Toys and I knew this activity was meant to be an open-ended tinker tray!
My kids started tinkering and making things right away! Marshmallow robots, merry-go-rounds, mini barbells, etc. Their imaginations went wild!
Read: Baby Bumblee Marshmallows
The creativity that comes out of kids still amazes me. I had ONE activity in mind (patterns), but when my kids had the freedom to approach the tray with their own ideas, they made it so much more!
The variety of marshmallows really inspired lots of pretend play and story-telling as well. I knew I made a good decision buying all those ‘mallows 😉
And as for eating the marshmallows, no more than 6 were eaten in the process of the activity. Not too bad, in my opinion!