There is so many things you can do with Marshmallows besides eat them! They are great to incorporate into sensory activities and fine motor skill activities.
Tune into News 12 Long Island for Winter Fun Ideas on Thursday, February 18th, 2016. Starting at 5am during the morning show with Elizabeth Hashagen.
1. Make your own Marshmallow Paint/ Marshmallow Stamps
MARSHMALLOW PAINT RECIPE
Supplies needed are:
• Marshmallows (I used mini marshmallows because they are easier to measure)
• Light Corn Syrup
• Food coloring
• Water color paint brushes
* please have an adult do these steps because the paint will get hot *
1. Put 1 cup of mini marshmallows in a microwave safe bowl and microwave them for 30 seconds. The marshmallows will expand (it’s really cool actually).
2. Add 1/4 cup of water to the microwaved marshmallows. Stir the water into the marshmallows. The marshmallows will continue to melt.
3. Put the mixture in the microwave again for 30 more seconds.
4. Add 3 table spoons of light corn syrup to the marshmallow water mixture and stir it in really well.
5. Microwave it again for 30 seconds.
6. Stir it together until every bit of the marshmallows are melted and mixed well with the corn syrup.
7. Let it cool just a tad and then separate it into different containers
8. Using a little food coloring, make whatever colors you desire! I used craft popsicle sticks to stir up our paint colors.
9. Let the marshmallow paint cool for a minute or so before handing them off to you kids. Hot paint is not good! Luckily, it cools quickly.
I found this great recipe on Pinterest —> click here
If you don’t have any paintbrushes that’s okay because the marshmallows make a great stamp. Use them on a toothpick for older kids or on a craft stick for younger kids to use. It is a sticky paint and when you use the marshmallows to paint you will see when your painting dries it leaves a fun texture for your kids to touch. And it is completely edible! Try decorating sugar cookies with it too.
2. Marshmallow Catapults
Elizabeth and I had way too much fun with these Marshmallow Catapults. Any adult or child will love to play with these. Shoot those soft Marshmallows for fun or get competitive and make targets to hit. A great activity your kids will love this winter break.
Make your own catapults:
Follow the directions from DIY network—> here
You can use a bottle cap or spoon to complete your catapults. I think a bottle cap shoots the marshmallows more direct.
3. Marshmallow Structures
An open-ended activity that sparks the imagination for kids and adults to enjoy together or by themselves. Use toothpicks and mini marshmallows or craft sticks and large marshmallows for younger kids.
Read more about our Marshmallow Structures —> click here
Elizabeth and the talented camera man, Dave did a great job with their marshmallow structures. Elizabeth made a princess castle and Dave made a choo-choo train!
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