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Making Marshmallow and Toothpick Sculptures

by Jean Van't Hul
November 8, 2022
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Making marshmallow and toothpick sculptures is a fun (and yummy!) construction project for kids of all ages!

Updated December 2022

We love to use toothpicks for construction projects with kids. And these marshmallow and toothpick sculptures are the perfect after-school project.

Pro tip: hard, stale marshmallows work better than soft ones, so if you remember, spread them out on a cookie sheet, and leave them out for a day or two, until they are nice and stale!

Simply connect the marshmallows and toothpicks to create the structure of your choice.

What starts off as a low-key sculpture-building activity soon becomes a lesson in building and geometry as you learn what shapes are the strongest and provide the most support (hint: triangles rule!).

Here’s a video showing even more Fabulous Toothpick Construction ideas for kids! And keep scrolling for step-by-step instructions of our fun with marshmallows and toothpicks.

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Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

Making Marshmallow and Toothpick Sculptures

MATERIALS

  • Mini Marshmallows
  • Toothpicks
  • Pony beads (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Gather your materials

    Lay out your marshmallows a day or two ahead of time, to allow them to get stale. Putting all of your materials on a tray helps to keep things contained.

    marshmallows and toothpicks

  2. Construct!

    Use the marshmallows to connect the toothpicks and build whatever structure you’d like. They can be simple or complicated.

    marshmallow buildings

  3. Add on

    You can also add pony beads to your toothpicks. Or you can add gum drops and use food coloring to paint your marshmallows! These make festive builds!

    painted candy sculptures

Have you tried building with toothpicks yet? If not, we highly recommend it! And it’s a great activity for mixed ages.

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