Marshmallow and Toothpick Buildings

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Need to keep the troops busy a bit longer before school starts? Have them design their own three dimensional buildings and designs using only mini marshmallow and toothpicks. My boys were entertained for over two hours seeing how many different designs they could come up with. I was amazed at their building skills and their creativity. Here are just a couple of the structures they came up with.

The best part is that they are developing their spatial awareness without even realizing it! You might discover you have some future architects.

Amy Huntley is the owner/author of The Idea Room. A mother of five, who enjoys sharing her love of all things creative in hopes of inspiring other women and families. Connect with her on Google+, or read more of her posts.


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    already have this planning for my girl scout troop for one of our try-its. Looks like yours loved it.

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    Oh, my son will love this project!!

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    I actually loved this post that you did:
    and I recently copied it myself. I am going to blog about it tomorrow and give you credit. I love your organiztion tips. Also, I voted that yes I would buy the key chains because I don't sew. great tutorial.

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    HOw fun.

    PS I started a new blog and you are on it today!

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    Shannon R says:

    great idea! I think I'll do this with our girl scout troop too. I think they'd love it.

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    Woman Interrupted says:

    Very cool! We could do this, as uncrafty as I am.

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    I think i have to do this with my friends. Its amazing to have it.


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    Kristen Duke Photography says:

    This is fantastic!

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    Traci Lambert says:

    We have done this with marshmallows and spaghetti. Tons of fun!!

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    A great idea!
    Presented the topic “What does an Architect do” to a class of 5 year olds today, here in Munich,Germany.
    Sourced your picture as a possible craft project for them to do, which I also posted on
    thank you for the inspiration!


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