What child doesn’t love marshmallows? Even the ones who don’t like eating them, still love playing with them! Which is why we picked Marshmallow Science as our next unit study. There is so much STEAM learning that can happen with these tasty, fluffy treats. Check out everything we included in our Marshmallow Science Unit Study.
Marshmallow Science Unit Study
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One of our goals around here is to create lessons that can be adapted for a variety of ages, abilities and interests. With that in mind I’ve gathered up a number of different activities and resources so you can pick and choose what will work best for your Marshmallow loving students. Some of these activities can be used as young as preschool, while others are best suited to middle grade students. Use common sense, you know your students and children the best.
Getting Started – Marshmallow Tinkering
What is the best way to start exploring marshmallows? Let kids play! Simply set out a variety of items like marshmallows of various shapes, sizes and colours, skewers, toothpicks, candy decorating pens, magnifying glasses or even a microscope, knives or scissors, and more. Let the kids get hands-on and learn. It doesn’t matter if they want to be scientists, engineers or artists, however they want to explore the marshmallows is fine. The more excited they are about learning, the more they will learn.
Tip! For little guys a set of playdough knives and scissors works perfectly and are much safer for small fingers.
Here are some items we include in a marshmallow exploration centre:
Now on to some ideas for building your Marshmallow Unit Study, play centre or STEM Project.
Our favourite way to explore marshmallows is this hands-on learning activity making Marshmallow Playdough. It is so quick and simple to make, and it is taste safe. One boy said it tastes good, the other prefers his marshmallows not “playdoughed”, but all agree this activity is fun! Perfect for sensory exploration at all ages.
Don’t forget Peeps are marshmallows too! You can use them to make playdough at Easter.
Next on our to do list with exploring marshmallows? This non-Newtonian Fluid creation called Marshmallow Magic Mudd. This stuff looks amazing!
For little ones who are still learning their five main senses, you can use marshmallows to help reinforce these lessons in a tasty way. Check out how much fun these guys had learning their senses with marshmallows.
This next one is for the more adventurous folks who don’t mind a little mess. Have some ooey, gooey, sensory fun with these marshmallow created ghost hands.
This STEAM Marshmallow activity is so simple and always creates lots of excitement. Simply have the kids decorate some marshmallows and then put them in the microwave to see what happens! We dove into all the science and details when we did this activity. To say it was a hit is a huge understatement!
Why not use marshmallows to explore a little nutrition science? And with this activity there is a charming dragon to breath some fire and excitement into their studies.
On a cold winter day, everyone loves a cuppa hot chocolate. With this melting marshmallow snowman activity, you can infuse a little science and learning into your tasty treat.
Engineering with Marshmallows
Create a Marshmallow Engineering Challenge that will have kids smiling as they race to the finish with their sweet smelling constructions. A great learning challenge for all ages that is easily adaptable. It’s like Jenga meets Marshmallows!
Put those math skills to use with this Marshmallow Geometry Engineering Challenge. It’s a stunning creation that teaches incorporates some fascinating math skills in a practical and hands on way.
Rainbow Marshmallow Building is a beautiful way to create structures. From bridges to trees to a Cinderella! The possibilities are endless with this colourful activity.
For a medieval variation on the above activities, challenge kids to build a castle and a catapult. Then act out a great ancient battle!
Did you know you can use Marshmallows to create art?
We created this fun, mess free, art in a bag that we affectionately call Marshmallow Squish!
Plus you can use Marshmallows as a canvas for creating gorgeous little works of art that you can eat!
Once you have played and learned with marshmallows for a while, it is time to really dive into some amazing kitchen science and make homemade marshmallows. This activity is best with older kids and definitely requires a responsible adult. The results though? You will never be able to eat store bought marshmallows again.
Make those hot chocolates epic with your very own special homemade marshmallows. This is one hot chocolate everyone will be talking about!
Need a sugar free Marshmallow recipe? Check out this recipe that uses artificial sweeteners.
And for the vegetarians out there, I found this recipe.
Cooking with Marshmallows
Marshmallow Cupcakes – This is such a simple idea but it looks gorgeous and kids love decorating their cupcakes this way. Fantastic for a party.
Have fun exploring and learning with marshmallows!