A few weeks ago, I saw this incredibly fun idea at Momfessionals. Andrea created some games and activities with marshmallows and it was just so clever that I decided to do it with my kids on a cold day where we were stuck inside. We of course had to invite our friends from the culdesac so they could join in on the fun too.
The first activity we did were these math sheets that I printed off from Andrea’s site. The kids would solve the math problems and place the appropriate number of marshmallows as the answers. I made some a little more difficult for Jules and JJ.
Emmy and Charlotte were working hard on their sheets. Working hard for Emmy meant eating a marshmallow every few minutes.
I bought 3 bags of mixed marshmallows which was more than enough for all the activities.
I think Jules got a math question correct!
For the next activity, the kids practiced some hand/eye coordination with a little game. I had some plastic tongs I saved from an event and so each child took one and passed a big marshmallow around the circle.
We had relay races with the marshmallows too. They picked them up with the tongs, placed them in their cups, and ran back.
Toss the marshmallow! The buckets that were further away were worth more points. I loved that Emmy could join in the fun with the bigger kids.
The last activity was creating objects, shapes, and buildings with marshmallows and toothpicks. They were free to use their creativity. Dads were there to assist.
Some marshmallows may have been consumed during these activities.
Who am I kidding? A bunch were consumed!
Look ma! I’m pretty sure Emmy ate the most. #nosurprise
Charlotte made Olaf! This activity took the longest time without any whining or crying which is music to a parent’s ears.
I think Jimmy had the most fun. It was a cheap and fun activity that let the kids expend some energy, use their brain power, and tap into their creative juices. Looking at all the marshmallows got me craving rice krispies treats so I made those towards the end and we all enjoyed them together. Sorry no photos as they were quickly devoured. The whole activity cost less than $5 including the marshmallows and toothpicks. There are so many activities you could do with these!
The kids had a great time. It’s perfect for those rainy, cold days when you’re stuck inside the house. Try it, your kids will love you for it!
Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:30-31