Mini Marshmallow and toothpick Construction Challenge for Families

Are you looking for a super fun family challenge this weekend? Then this mini marshmallow construction challenge is just what you’ve been searching for!

Mini marshmallow construction challenge.

It was during the pandemic that I found this awesome STEM activity online. It’s as simple as dumping out a bag of mini marshmallows on the dining room table, grabbing some toothpicks and letting the kids do their thing.

I was amazed to see how much fun these two items could give my kids! So we decided to take it to the next level.

Introducing the mini marshmallow Tower Building challenge. My kids are constantly in competition and like to egg each other on, so they ended up building tall structures and seeing whose can stand the longest. So we’ve decided to turn it into a family challenge.

What is a Mini Marshmallow Construction challenge?

The aim of the Game, is to build the tallest tower with mini marshmallows and toothpicks.

Rule 1:

You are allowed to use as many toothpicks and marshmallows as you want. We like to fill a little bowl with marshmallows for each participant for easy access.

Rule 2:

Your tower has to be able to stand on its own for at least 10 seconds. There is no time limit on how long you have to build your tower.

Tips and Tricks for your Mini Marshmallow Construction challenge:

  • Give your kids food before you announce the challenge! If they’re hungry they might just eat all the marshmallows before they build anything.
  • If your kids are in a fighting mood, rather give them creative freedom and don’t turn it into a competition.
  • You can also build a tower or bridge as a team and turn it into a cooperative activity.
  • Open the marshmallows up a day or 2 in advance. Stale marshmallows build easier.
  • Remember to take pics for granny and grandpa.

Other ingredients you could use

  • Change it up by using big marshmallows and wooden skewers.
  • Instead of toothpicks, use spaghetti
  • Swap out the marshmallows for any sturdy fruit like blocks of apple or cheese, or grapes.

Adjusting the challenge for different age groups:

Tips for tiny toddler fingers (2-4 years):

Tiny toddler fingers might find it a bit challenging to build big strong towers but they easily build two-dimensional shapes. Let your toddler build a square or triangle, or show them how to make a basic snowflake.

Preschoolers (4-6 years):

Preschoolers can start building three-dimensional shapes like cubes and prisms. Put the 3 dimensional shapes together, and you have a house! Have your preschooler also try to build animal shapes or snowflakes. Preschoolers can also have a lot of fun building out letters and even spelling their names.

Elementary school (7-9 years):

The elementary school age is a perfect contender for the tallest tower. Their hands are usually stable and strong enough to build more advanced structures. Maybe they want to try and build a bridge or a pyramid too.

Pre-teens (10-12 years):

Pre-teens can definitely build incredible structures. Kids of this age will easily build a good tower or detailed three-dimensional structures. Bridges, towers and pyramids are great options for them to try out.

Why is this a great family activity?

  • It builds fine motor skills
  • It encourages creativity and problem solving
  • It is loads of fun and usually ends up with everyone laughing
  • It encourages trial and error
  • It’s not a craft that’ll end up sitting on the bookshelf for the next year.
  • You can either give everyone free rein to be creative as they want, or you can turn it into a collaborative building experience, or you can make it a fun competition for the competitive families out there. SO you can spin it any which way you want.

All in all this activity has brought us many happy and fun filled hours and I really hope it does the same for you and your family!

Happy building!

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