Marshmallow and pretzel crafts for preschoolers can often double as an art project and a snack. Use colourful marshmallows and various-sized pretzels and marshmallows. Use your imagination, as marshmallow and pretzel craft ideas are almost endless.
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Put out a bowl of marshmallows and a bowl of pretzel sticks. Allow the children to use their imagination to create sculptures of people, animals or anything else that comes to mind by sticking the pretzels into the marshmallows. Have each child explain the sculpture he created.
Make marshmallow snowmen. Stick a pretzel stick through the middle of one marshmallow, so a bit peeks through both ends of the marshmallow. Stick another marshmallow on the top and bottom, creating a snowman. Decorate with treats like chocolate chips, string liquorice and chocolate kisses to make eyes, buttons, scarves and top hats. Use white frosting to "glue" the decorations on your snowman.
This project is a craft and a lesson on shapes all in one. Push the ends of pretzel sticks into mini marshmallows to create squares, rectangles and triangles; explain the shapes to the children. As they learn the various shapes, have children make their own pretzel shapes.
Marshmallow and pretzel crafts can teach children about a number of holidays. Make a Halloween pumpkin man by starting with pumpkin-shaped marshmallows. Create eyes and mouths with mini chocolate chips. For Christmas, start with an outline picture of Santa Claus, and have the children glue marshmallows onto Santa's beard and the fur trim on his hat. Glue round pretzels onto the picture to create Santa's spectacles. For Hanukkah, create marshmallow and pretzel dreidels. Push a pretzel stick through a marshmallow and top with a chocolate kiss to create the tip of the dreidel (use a little melted chocolate to "glue" on the kiss). Dip the marshmallow and kiss into melted chocolate and put on a parchment-lined baking tray to cool. You can use white frosting to pipe Hebrew letters onto the dreidel if desired.
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