Marshmallow Models

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No glue is needed for learners of any age to become marshmallow architects or engineers. Using marshmallows and water (and maybe edible decorations like peanut butter, pretzels, gumdrops, etc.), learners wet a few marshamallows at a time and stick them together bit by bit to construct whatever models they want.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Model


Materials List (per student)

  • Dish of water
  • Marshmallows—regular size and/or mini
  • Peanut butter, pretzels, gumdrops, sprinkles, animal-shaped cookies or crackers (optional)
  • Picture of a real-life structure you want to model (if available)


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Architectural Engineering
    • Technology
      • Construction
  • Physical Sciences
    • Chemistry
      • Chemical Bonding
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Invention and Innovation

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Food and Cooking
  • Model Building


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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  • Free access



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