when it is too cold to go outside and play
when all the neighborhood kids descend on your house
when the kids are bored and you are wishing for school to start back up again
when you want a good 45 minutes to an hour or MORE to yourself
when you simply want to be a fun mom
All you need is a bag of marshmallows and a box of toothpicks. Pick these 2 items up next time you are out and stash them away for Chrismas break.
Give each kid a bowl full of marshmallows and a handful of toothpicks and let them start creating.
Watch the minutes turn into a good solid hour. Imagine what you can get done while they are entertained.
Watch the noise level in your home decrease signifcantly as the kids get thoroughly enthralled with this project.
Challenge the kids to see who can build the tallest sculpture or who can build the longest.
This activity is perfect when you have a wide age range of kids to entertain. I bet there are even some engineer dads who would get into this.
I did find the below picture on Pinterest. Perhaps your preteen and teen girls would be more into making a dog or a giraffe?
You could also suggest that at the end, all the kids work together to see how long of a sculpture they can make. Team work.
Now I suggest just throwing away the marshmallows and toothpicks when all the fun is over. It is messy to try to save them for another building day; I tried. Marshmallows and toothpicks will cost you no more than $2. . . so worth it.
And for another great inside kid activity that keeps the kids engaged for more than 5 minutes, check out my homemade playdough recipe.