The end of the school year is always so exciting, but keeping the students engaged as the year winds down can be a bit tricky. During our ten day end of the year countdown, we celebrate with these Marshmallow Day activities! The students review math and literacy skills, all while integrating a science!
Please be cognizant of allergies or health concerns, while completing these activities.
Marshmallow Day Solar Smores
One of our favorite Marshmallow Day activities is making solar smores!
I have tried making these two different ways with my students.
The first way involves creating a solar oven that will heat the smores.
For the solar oven, the students work in small group to cover the inside of a shoebox or pizza box with aluminum foil.
Then, they will place their smores inside the oven and cover it with plastic wrap. Once all the groups have finished assembling their solar ovens, we take them outside.
It takes a few hours for the heat to melt the chocolate and marshmallow.
To save time, I have had my students simply wrap their smore with aluminum foil.
First, I pass out a piece of aluminum foil. Then, I have them build their smore right on top of the foil.
Once they are finished, they will wrap their smore with the aluminum foil.
I make sure to write their name on the outside of the aluminum foil with a permanent marker.
Now, we are ready to take them outside to let the sun work its magic!
Either way you choose to create your solar oven, you will want to make sure you plan this activity for a warm, sunny day.
How to Make Smores Writing Craft
While our smores are melting outside, we head back inside to create a simple how-to writing craft booklet.
I just print each page on the appropriate color of construction paper.
Marshmallow Day Five Senses
As we are eating our smores, we use our five senses to describe how it feels, looks, sounds, smells and tastes.
To make the marshmallow shooters, cut the bottom off a 9 oz. plastic cup. You will want to prep these ahead of time.
Tie the end of the balloon and nip the tip. Stretch the balloon over the cup and secure with Duck Tape (not shown).
You could also use the design and data sheets using a catapult marshmallow shooter made from various other supplies.
Place a marshmallow inside the shooter. For best results make sure the marshmallow is centered inside the neck of the balloon where it has been tied. This placement will yield the farthest shot.
Pull back and shoot!
Measure how far the marshmallow flew. It’s best to use the marshmallow shooter in a grassy area, so that the marshmallow doesn’t roll after it has landed.
Record, graph and analyze the results!
Marshmallow Day Activities for Math
During our math block, we work in pairs to stack marshmallows!
We take turns, as we count how many before the tower falls. Then, we record, graph and analyze the data.
To practice nonstandard measurement, we use marshmallows to measure various items in the classroom.
You could do this with regular sized marshmallows, or even mini marshmallows.
Another fun Marshmallow Day activity is having the students use chopsticks to move mini marshmallows from one plate to another. Great fine motor practice!
First, they will estimate how many marshmallows they think they can move.
Then, they will count how many and record the number with tally marks.
Afterwards, they will analyze the data and write a brief conclusion.
End of the Year Gift Idea
Of course, we end our Marshmallow Day with a fun little gift!
Just fill a zippered baggie with graham crackers, mini Hershey bars and marshmallows. I like to use the bigger smores marshmallows.
Fold and staple the topper onto the bag.
Each kiddos gets to take home a simple smores kit!
More End of the Year Activities
You can grab all of these Marshmallow Day activities here!
Your students might also enjoy these Bubble Day activities!
Read more about our End of the Year Countdown here!
Don’t forget to check out our End of the Year Awards Ceremony!
If you make an end of the year slideshow, you can find my Top 20 End of the Year Slideshow Songs here!
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