As we were doing some of our M is for Marshmallow theme activities, I noticed the little ones really wanted to get involved. I wanted to come up with a way for them to participate…that didn’t include eating tons of marshmallows, which was Tinker’s first preference. Since the big kids had so much fun getting the marshmallows wet, I wondered what would happen if we added a bunch of marshmallows to water and created some marshmallow sensory play.
I really wasn’t sure how the activity was going to turn out so we did this one outside. We have a water table that has two sections. Two bins would have also worked well. We filled one side with cold water and one side with warm water. Then the kids added a bunch of marshmallows. Tinker chose to add her marshmallows one by one…bless her! We used different sizes and colors.
I could tell from the initial squeals of delight that this would be hit!
The kids spent a solid hour playing in the water, and they probably would have played longer if we didn’t have to clean up for the day.
Each of them enjoyed interacting with the marshmallows in different ways. Tinker loved transferring them back and forth between the warm water and the cold water.
The big kids swirled them in the water, dropped them to see the splash, and squeezed them to watch them change shape.
I just smiled at the spontaneous shouts of, “This is so cool.”
Even Little Buddy got to join in the fun!
I was a little surprised at how easy this was to clean up. The kids weren’t sticky at all. They dried off with a towel and went on their way. This is definitely one of my favorite messy play activities yet, and I know we’ll have to do it again some time!
Would you give this one a try?
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