User login

Marshmallow Models

Source Institutions

    Lawrence Hall of Science

Add to listGo to activity
Marshmallow Models

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


This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access



  • All Rights Reserved, The Regents of the University of California, ©2010


User Lists

This resource is part of these lists: