Saturday, March 24, 2012

A Project a Day - {Marshmallows + Toothpicks}

I heart Kiwi Crate! What a cool idea - to receive a box each month with materials and inspiration for hands-on activities and crafts for kids. I am dying to sign up for a subscription but we need to save a few pennies first. And I love their blog, especially Two Ingredient Tuesday, where they take two household items and make them into an easy craft or activity. Love it! 

One of the ideas we borrowed was Marshmallows + Toothpicks = Sculpture. After snack we spread out on the floor of the playroom with a bowl of marshmallows and the kids started creating. We made different shapes: rectangles, squares, circles and triangles and talked about the difference between two and three dimensions.

Once we had worked together for awhile I backed off to see what would happen next. Madelyn proved to be my daughter by shoving a marshmallow into her mouth (don't worry, we got the toothpicks out just in time).

Patrick decided it was time to build a mac truck and talked about the different ways he was going to go about building it. And the marshmallow people he would create to drive it.

It was a fun project that we will revisit again, especially when they are a little older. What a great way to introduce the concept of geometry!

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