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Marshmallow Models


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    Lawrence Hall of Science

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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

Language:
English

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)

Subjects


  • 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

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

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

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