Toothpick and Marshmallow Building

My oldest loves to build and tinker.  I keep saying to myself that I will give him a few more activities to do just that.  Building with toothpicks and marshmallows was on my mental summer bucket list.  I always have more on this list then we can ever achieve in a summer, lol.  But if we get a few crossed off while having fun that is ok with us.  My oldest son is 6yr and this toothpick and marshmallow building activity was perfect for him.  My 4yr tried but was not real interested.  And of course the 2yr just ran around eating marshmallows. All in all it was a fun time for us all.


toothpick and marshmallow building


Toothpick and Marshmallow Building

marshmallow build

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Supplies/what we used:

*colored toothpicks like these Creative Converting Party Picks, 300 Assorted Colored Toothpicks
*mini marshmallows like these Jet Puffed Mini Marshmallow, 16-Ounce Bags (Pack of 6)

*plastic tray from IKEA


marshmallow and toothpick buildings


What to do to build a house with toothpicks and marshmallows:


I set a tray out with the toothpicks and marshmallows for my son.  I asked him if he could make a building or a house.  We talked about our possibilities and he built a house.

marshmallow and toothpick buildings


This kid activity is great for fine motor skills, hand eye coordination, problem solving, and imagination play.  Once you build a house, grab a few characters or animal toys and play.  This is a fun way to see engineering at work.


marshmallow shapes


He also built a few shapes with the toothpicks and marshmallows.  He even made a “pool” not pictured.  I just love his creativity.


We had a great afternoon learning and playing. I can see us trying this again in the future.  Great busy activity for him while I cook dinner. And just plain fun!

Toothpick and Marshmallow Building




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