Thursday, June 11, 2009

Marshmallow Melting Madness

The summer fun activity I decided on for this week was Marshmallow Madness. It was ooey, gooey, sticky fun and they loved it. The supplies were simple enough

Marshmallows: we had big ones and little ones (both plain and fruity),
kool aid paint,
paint brushes.

We used the Kool Aid paint to make our project so it would still be edible. Basically it is on packet of unsweetened Kool Aid powder and a little bit of water until it was the desired consistency. If you prefer you could use markers and not eat them or use food coloring as another option. After assembling your supplies turn them loose to create their masterpieces.

The kids had a blast creating and painting. It was fun to see what they came up with. Brenna enjoyed sampling the marshmallows a little more than creating masterpieces but she eventually got in to the masterpiece creating and made something to microwave.

After your creation is complete it is time to watch the magic happen. Place your creation on a microwave safe plate and put in the microwave. We cooked ours for about 15 seconds for one big marshmallow and 20 seconds for the ones with more than one marshmallow. The stand back from the microwave and watch through the window as your creation grows and changes.

Then after the microwave fun comes the best part eating your ooey, gooey, creation of melted marshmallow madness. We also talked about why they marshmallows got bigger when they are microwaved. I explained to them when the air trapped in the marshmallow gets hotter it expands and pushes the marshmallow causing it to expand and get bigger. Then when the heat goes away and the marshmallow cools it shrinks back down. Now we got to learn a little and enjoy ooey, gooey, melty, marshmallow madness.

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