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We have seen a lot of marshmallow and toothpick building ideas online. It is such a fun activity that everyone adores. I decided to take it a step further and make it into a geometry lesson. Building geometric shapes with toothpicks and marshmallows is a blast. Kids really love this activity.
To help you out, and make things easier for you, I have an awesome set of printable marshmallow and toothpick geometry cards for you to download. Now you don’t have to re-invent the wheel.
This is such a fun STEM project for kids! If you are teaching a STEM class or a math class or anything that you need to keep kids learning and entertained, this is a good activity to try.
This set of cards has both 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional shapes to build. That way you can use them for younger kids and older kids. They show right on the cards how many toothpicks and marshmallows you will need to build the shape. Then there is a graphic to help you see what it will look like.
Kids and students just love these- the building and the eating part. These are great for a Math lesson or for STEM challenges. Hands-on learning is always our favorite way to teach educational concepts, and this one is a popular one.
The printable set comes with 10 2D cards and 12 3D cards.
The shapes included in the set are:
2-D shapes- square, rectangle, right triangle, isosceles triangle, rhombus, parallelogram, trapezoid, pentagon, hexagon, 6-point star
3-D shapes – tetrahedron 2 different ways, pyramid, cube, cuboid, pentagonal prism, triangular prism, hexagonal prism, pentagonal pyramid, truncated pyramid, octahedron, prism
Pictured are just a few of the shapes in the set.
These marshmallow and toothpick geometry cards are a great way to learn the names of geometric shapes and become familiar with what they look like. It is so fun for kids to learn with food, too!
Once they are done building the shapes on the cards, they can get creative and build anything they want. Try some more building challenges with the marshmallows and toothpicks. See who can build the tallest marshmallow tower. Build a house or a structure that is strong and can hold up weight.
Benefits of Building Things with Kids:
There are many hidden benefits to this fun activity. I love activities that teach in fun, sneaky ways. The kind that kids love and don’t realize it’s a lesson.
When kids build the shapes in this marshmallow and toothpick activity, they are learning problem-solving skills and some basic math skills in this activity, such as area, size, shape, etc. Kids are also practicing their hand-eye coordination when assembling the shapes. This focuses on both the math and engineering portion of STEM, bringing them together to help them learn those valuable skills.
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