Heart Marshmallow Toothpick Structures

Marshmallow toothpick structures are always a hit with kids, and these heart-shaped marshmallows and toothpicks are all you need for this fun STEM activity for Valentine’s Day!

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Would be fun for a Valentine's Day party! (Building with Heart Marshmallows and Toothpicks)~ BuggyandBuddy.com

My kids and students have always loved building with marshmallows and toothpicks (and we’ve also created with orange peels and toothpicks)! When I found these heart-shaped marshmallows at the store, I couldn’t wait to let the kids try the same activity, but this time with a Valentine’s Day twist. (This post contains affiliate links.)

Heart Marshmallow Toothpick Structures

Materials for Heart Marshmallow Toothpick Structures

building with marshmallows and toothpicks for Valentine's Day

 

We used round toothpicks, but they can be quite sharp. Flat toothpicks might be a better choice if you are doing this activity with younger children or with a large group of children. (Colored toothpicks would be fun too!)

heart-shaped marshmallows

Creating Heart Marshmallow Toothpick Structures

There’s so much to love about this activity! It encourages creativity and problem solving– kids love trying to create all kinds of structures and have to problem solve if they don’t turn out as planned.

I also love how this activity is pretty much adaptable to any age. Many young children find it easier to create flat designs rather than 3-D structures, while older children love building up. Even I had fun creating!

Valentine Activity for Kids: Building with Heart Marshmallows and Toothpicks

How My Kids Used the Marshmallows and Toothpicks

My preschooler, Theo, started by building some small structures.

Preschool valentine activity: building with heart marshmallows and toothpicks

Eventually he decided he loved creating super long designs the most. He said they were like railroad tracks!

Preschool valentine activity: building with heart marshmallows and toothpicks

He was so proud of his completed structure when he was done!

Preschool valentine activity: building with heart marshmallows and toothpicks

My first grader, Lucy, first wanted to create shapes. We started with some simple plane shapes and then moved onto some 3-D shapes.

Learning Activities for Valentine's Day: Build shapes with marshmallows and toothpicks

Then she decided to build a big house…

Learning Activities for Valentine's Day: Build shapes with marshmallows and toothpicks

…which ended up complete with a roof!

Learning Activities for Valentine's Day: Build shapes with marshmallows and toothpicks

And even though I wouldn’t let the kids eat the marshmallows as they were building (I know- how cruel LOL) , I caught this little guy sneaking a taste!

heart marshmallows and toothpick building

More Fun Uses

This heart marshmallow and toothpick building activity would be perfect for a Valentine’s Day party. It’s very inexpensive and tons of fun! It would also be a great geometry lesson to do in the classroom as Valentine’s Day approaches!

Would make a fun math lesson or activity for a Valentines Day Party! (Building with Heart Marshmallows and Toothpicks)~ BuggyandBuddy.com

Valentine's Day STEM Activity for Kids: Building with toothpicks and marshmallows

You can find more ideas for Valentine’s Day on our Valentine’s Day for Kids Pinterest board!

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Comments

  1. How fun!! We’ve done this activity a couple of times with multiple sizes of marshmallows but never with ones that were different shapes! I’ll have to look the next time I’m at the store to see if I can find some 🙂

  2. Great idea. 🙂

  3. these are great! they look like romantic molecules 🙂

  4. I am a teacher and will totally be stealing this idea for this year’s Valentine’s Day party. Also the DeMarcus Cousins sweatband is my favorite!

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