Marshmallow Tower







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Posted on Apr 22 2011 - 10:00pm by Jill
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Science seems to always be more fun when you can get your hands on the topic. With an engineer for a husband, sometimes hands-on science can get fun. One of the fun lessons we did was this fun Marshmallow tower I volunteered him for in our local homeschooling group.

Marshmallow Tower
 
This is the science class that my husband put together for our local homeschooling group to do at the park. This lesson taught the kids 2 and 3 dimensional shapes and how they relate to each other. I found this idea at pbskids.org/zoom.
 
What you need:
 
  • Marshmallows
  • Toothpicks
  • Ruler
 
  1. Using toothpicks to connect your marshmallows, build a marshmallow tower.
  • How high did you get your marshmallow tower to go? Measure it to find out.
  • What shapes did you make with your marshmallows to create a sturdy tower?

Follow these easy steps to make your own Marshmallow Towers:

  • Carefully use toothpicks to connect two or more marshmallows together. 
  • Build triangles and squares as building blocks. 
  • Make your tower as tall as you want. 
  • Mandatory Fun Step: Eat the extras! 

While you are making your marshmallow towers, be sure to ask your children and students questions like:

  • How high did you tower get before falling down?
  • How tall was your tower?
  • What shape was the strongest?

They kids also did a generic science experiment form while they did this project. 

The best part is that after the class you get to eat some of the marshmallows! A BIG thank you to my husband for taking the time to do this not only for our family’s benefit but others as well.

 
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