Exploring Marshmallows with the Five Senses

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  1. Exploring Marshmallows with the Five Senses

Our letter of the week last week was M, so I thought the kids would really enjoy a marshmallow theme. I was right. They loved it…even more than me! We did many marshmallow-related science, reading, and math activities. Looking back there are so many fun things that I would like to share, but I know I won’t get to all of them. Over the next few days I will share some of our most favorite activities. You can also find the inspiration for many more of the activities we did over on my Letter M Pinterest Board.

Marshmallow Five Senses

We started by using our five senses to explore the properties of marshmallows. The kids always enjoy using a hand lens, so they spent a while examining all of the sides of the marshmallows.

Exploring Marshmallows with the Five Senses

We squeezed the marshmallows to see if we could hear anything, and they both decided that marshmallows don’t make a sound. We briefly talked about why they think marshmallows don’t make a sound.

Then they smelled the marshmallows, and we stopped to talk about what the smell made them think of. I wasn’t surprised when the first response was, “Eating!” We also tried to think of some describing words to describe the scent.

Exploring marshmallows with five senses

Next we used our sense of touch to feel the marshmallows. This is the part they really enjoyed! First we felt the outside of the marshmallow and tried to describe how it feels.

Exploring marshmallows with five senses.

Then we pulled the marshmallow apart to feel the inside of the marshmallow. The kids were surprised that it felt different than the outside, and they spent some time pulling the marshmallow into smaller pieces.

Exploring marshmallows with five senses.

Exploring marshmallows with five senses.

To continue using our sense of touch we decided to put water on the marshmallow. Then we could explore whether it feels the same when it is wet as it does when it is dry. They loved getting the marshmallows wet and feeling the change in texture. They also found out that their marshmallows were much harder to hold onto when they were wet!

Marshmallow Science

So that left the sense of taste…I intended to give them clean, dry marshmallows, but I wasn’t quite fast enough. Someone said, “Can we eat them?”  As I answered and reached for the new marshmallows they both popped a piece of the wet, slimy marshmallows in their mouths, and they didn’t hesitate to go back for more. At least we washed our hands before we got started!

Marshmallow Science

Marshmallow Science

That was the beginning of our marshmallow week. Next I will share one of the science experiments we did with marshmallows.

What activities have you done with marshmallows?

Explore the Five Senses Using Marshmallows...Part of the M is for Marshmallows Theme from Fantastic Fun and Learning

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  1. What a fun hands on way to learn about the five senses! Super fun! Can’t wait to see your science experiments that you did using marshmallows.

    Thank you for linking up to the brand new Hearts for Home Blog Hop this week!

  2. I featured your post today at mom’s library! I hope you’ll share more of your ideas!


  3. Hi there, great post! Thanks for sharing it on Tuesday Tots. I’ve featured it on this week’s TT. If you’d like to see it, it’s here http://www.learnwithplayathome.com/2013/01/sensory-play-ideas.html# Look forward to seeing what you link up this week 🙂

    • Thank you so much for the feature! I am so glad you liked the post. Our Marshmallow Sensory play is linked up this week! 🙂

  4. Yum. This is a great activity, one I will be using for sure. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Ok, this post is just awesome! I am going to keep this in mind for when we do the letter M! We haven’t made it there yet.

    If you’re interested, I’d love to have you link up at my Teaching Time for Toddlers!

    • I am so glad you liked it, Rachel! It was both fun and a great learning experience. Thanks so much for letting me know about your link up. I’ll stop by.

  6. Yum! My kiddos and I love “mushmeddows!” I’ll save this one for when they have a little more impulse control…there is no way they could do anything right now other than stuff them in their mouths 🙂 Can’t wait to see your other activities!

  7. What a great way to learn about the 5 senses! Yum!

  8. I love how you took a simple marshmallow and made such an interesting 5 senses activity out of it. I can tell by the pics that they kids really enjoyed it.

    • Thanks, Ann! We spent a lot of time exploring those little marshmallows. The kids really did have fun, and it gave us so many more ideas to explore. The other ones coming up this week were even more fun 🙂

  9. Very cute! May have to do this when we talk about senses!

  10. Oh, wow, how fun is this!! Yum!! I will have to remember ‘m’ for marshmallows when we cover this letter in the alphabet…..my kids would love this!!

    • Thanks, Janice! All this week I will be posting more of the activities we did…the kids really enjoyed them! Hope you do, too!

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