Marshmallow, Gumdrop and Toothpick Towers

Written by Mommy Cameron | Homeschooling

Today, we had our homeschool group over again for another learn and play date.

Today’s challenge was to see who could build the tallest tower using gumdrops, marshmallows and toothpicks. We used gumdrops and marshmallows because I bought all the gumdrops I could find, but we were going to need more.

Supplies:
gumdrops
mini marshmallows (the more stale they are the better)
toothpicks

Setup:
The kids were allowed to work in groups or as individuals. They were given supplies and told that they had 30 minutes to build the tallest tower they could. I had paper and pencils available for the kids if they chose to sketch out their ideas before they began to build.

Rules for judging:
1. The tower must be able to stand without support for 10 seconds.
2. The height will be measured from the base to the highest point.

It was really interesting to see all the different designs that the kids were able to come up with in 30 minutes. The designs that used mainly gumdrops did the best. Many of those were still standing after 3 hours, where the structures with marshmallows had started to fall.

Overall the kids had a great time. I know my boys were just excited to eat the candy when they were done.

 

 

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