Mini-Marshmallow Popper Activity

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Updated on Aug 29, 2013

Balloons and marshmallows are usually not enjoyed simultaneously, until now! The Mini-Marshmallow Popper is a great way to engage your child in an activity which brings together two delightful ingredients. Made from a cup, balloon and mini-marshmallows, this project will help your child develop his fine motor skills, while he practices his hand at creating a kinetic sculpture.

What You Need:

  • Balloon
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Paper cup
  • Stickers
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Rubber band

What You Do:

  1. Help your child to cut off the bottom end of the paper cup so it looks like a tube.
  2. While the balloon is deflated, help him tie a knot at the end of the balloon.
  3. Snip off about 1/2" of the balloon on the opposite end of the knot.
  4. Assist him with stretching the balloon over the bottom of the cup, making sure the knot is positioned in the center.
  5. Secure the balloon in place with a rubber band.
  6. Encourage him to decorate his marshmallow popper with stickers and markers.
  7. Time to pop some marshmallows! Have him place a single marshmallow inside the cup, positioning it right in the center of the balloon base.
  8. Ask him to point it away from himself and anybody else nearby. He can now pull the balloon knot back and let it go, watching the marshmallow pop out into the air!
  9. Try it with a handful of marshmallows and see what happens.
  10. For a fun challenge, create two marshmallow poppers and take turns seeing who can pop the most marshmallows into a bowl.

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