They're fluffy, stretchy, sweet and gooey. Show me a 3-5-year-old and I’ll show you a marshmallow enthusiast. Keep your little ones busy this summer with a variety of alternative uses for the good old-fashioned marshmallow.
Marshmallow STEM Activity
The fourth of July is a great time to roast larger marshmallows with the family. When you are shopping grab an extra bag of mini marshmallows and colored toothpicks and let your little ones build stars, lines, towers or houses.
Of course, you might want to stay on a totally edible train of thought and purchase a bag of mini marshmallows and some stick pretzels. In an instant, you have a geometry lesson that makes you look like a super Mom.
This craft is easy. Allow little fingers to stamp colors from separate color paint cups. Awaken your preschooler’s eyes to the fact that patterns are indeed all around us. The Hungry Caterpillar makes a pattern as he eats his way from one veggie and fruit plate at a time.
In preschool, identifying and creating patterns is just the beginning of the mastery of life-long mathematical skills. Patterning is a basic math skill upon which many elementary school math concepts are introduced. Times tables, addition and skip counting all require an understanding of patterning.
Marshmallow Play Dough
Strengthen little hands with marshmallow play dough you can really eat! This recipe is not only sweet, it’s awfully pretty. Make some for the 4th of July weekend and bring plenty of star shaped cookie cutters. You will have the most beautiful S'mores in the park, and they are gluten free!
Recipe: (feel free to double or triple)
3 tablespoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons of coconut oil
6 large marshmallows
Painting with Marshmallows
Marshmallows on a stick make great paint brushes. Paint an orange and yellow campfire and glue on real wood for the fire base. If you want a total editable experience, you can create a marshmallow paint that is safe, and doubles as a delicious recipe to frost sugar cookies.
Edible Marshmallow Paint Recipe:
Put 1 cup of mini marshmallows in a microwave safe bowl and microwave them for 30 seconds. The marshmallows will expand (it’s cool).
Add 1/4 cup of water to the microwaved marshmallows. Stir the water into the marshmallows. The marshmallows will continue to melt.
Put the mixture in the microwave again for 30 more seconds.
Add 3 table spoons of light corn syrup to the marshmallow water mixture and stir it in well.
Microwave it again for 30 seconds.
Stir it together until every bit of the marshmallows are melted and mixed well with the corn syrup.
Let it cool just a tad and then separate it into different containers
Add food color to mix different colors.
Marshmallow Preschool Snacks
Allow your preschooler to create marshmallow desserts on a stick. You can get as creative as you would like. When your preschooler learns to do simple tasks in the kitchen, it builds their confidence and provides a feeling of self-accomplishment.
Marshmallow on a stick dipped in frosting
Dip into graham cracker crumbs to create sand look.
Add goldfish snacks and frosting pen bubbles
Place cut fruit and marshmallows on a wood skewer to form rocket ship mallows.
Dip marshmallows in chocolate, dust in sprinkles and add M&M’s.
I wish you a sweet journey into discovering even more ways to play with marshmallows! At Life in Christ Preschool we often use the mini sized to earn to write our initials or first names. Switching up the materials we use helps to excite and motivate little minds to learn.