Level: Primary, Junior, Middle School
Grades: K - Gr. 8 Age: 5 - 14yrs | Written by: Judith Walsh
[Judith is an Art Teacher Driver and Florence Bowser Elementary Schools, Suffolk VA.]
Students will learn about sculpture as they create with toothpicks and marshmallows.
What You Need:
What You Do:
- small marshmallows
- Students will make a marshmallow sculpture by sticking toothpicks
into marshmallows and building up from a base.
- I gave each student 20
marshmallows and a handful of toothpicks.
- Next, I had them make a base by
sticking 4 toothpicks into 4 marshmallows and making a square.
- Then they
could build their sculpture up from there.
- My only rule was that they had to build up, not have
their sculpture lay flat on the table.
Notes: I did this lesson with my
kindergarten classes and they had a ball! They looked so cute carrying their
sculpture out of the room and cradling it in their hands like a fine piece of
"I have used dried peas soaked over night at the joints in sculpture. What happens is that the peas soften for the construction. Then they harden like little concrete balls as they dry. This is for second grade and up."
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