The Marshmallow Challenge

Tonight, when I got home, I told the boys that the plan for the night was to build a tower using spaghetti noodles. Ben’s eyes got huge, and then warm, and then delighted. He hugged me with everything he had, and I felt like a cool, hip, awesome mom. I have my moments!

We didn’t watch the video until after we’d worked on our own towers of spaghetti with a marshmallow on top. First we played and experimented, built and snacked.




Then Dad helped them roast their marshmallows.



We even watched the TED talk, which is truly geared for grown-ups, so it was a little dry for the boys. But I was so excited about the speaker, that they humored me and watched almost to the end.

We love Science Night.





2 thoughts on “The Marshmallow Challenge

  1. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again….I totally wish you’d been a teacher of mine at school! Science Night seems so much more fun!

    1. Thank you so much. All I ever wanted to do when I was a kid was be a teacher. I’m having so much fun teaching my boys.

      This morning at the bus stop, Ben came up with a wildly exciting idea for Water Bottle Derby Races next week – perhaps even Rocket Propelled by Diet Coke & Mentos. Should be super fun. I believe that if kids are exposed to big ideas and design or engineering challenges, their minds take off, and next thing you know, they are designing and engineering amazing things all by themselves!

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