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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Marshmallow Snowmen

Materials: Large marshmallows, pretzel sticks (or toothpicks), mini chocolate chips or raisins, craisins (something for the nose), fruit leather/fruit roll-up/pull-and-peel licorice for the scarf, marshmallow fluff (for "glue").

Directions: I built one first to show my daughter how to do it. Take one marshmallow and stick a pretzel in it. Some of the pretzel will still be sticking out. Take another marshmallow and stick it on the pretzel piece sticking up. You now have 2 marshmallows stacked. Stick another pretzel stick in the 2nd marshmallow and add the 3rd marshmallow on top.

Add 2 pretzel sticks for arms.

Twist around whatever you decided to use for the scarf. They'll need help with this!

I let my daughter use a pretzel stick to smear on some marshmallow fluff (we used ricemallow creme) on the face or on the individual chips. The chocolate chips/raisins/craisins will all stick to it and you won't be able to see the fluff since it's also white. :)


Then eat! Yum.

Skills: fine motor, hand-eye coordination, hand strength, building and stacking, self-control not to eat :)


Plowmanators said...

Look how cute! I love it. Wait until you see a snowman thing we did recently...looks more like a ghost! lol

Kristy Shreve Powers said...

Yours looks pretty magnificent! Ours looked a little more wobbly, messy, and big-nosed, but my almost 4-year-old and I had a good time making them on the spur of the moment. We used raisins for eyes and smile, half a jelly bean for the nose, and candy canes with the crook in front of the "neck" for scarves.

Plowmanators said...

Raisins! Genius! I have never thought of that! That would be cute.

Kristy Shreve Powers said...

We had to use what we already had in the house. :) I jumped right on this activity because we had most of the ingredients lying around.


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