Bean has been watching Curious George in the car and he’s become super obsessed with an episode called “A Bridge Too Farm,” from season 2 of the PBS show.
When we went to the stores last weekend, Bean begged for marshmallows and toothpicks. When I say ‘beg,’ I really mean he chanted “Marshmallow, toothpick, marshmallow, toothpick,” from the time he saw the items until we gave in.
Actually, it was such a simple request and I could envision the tactile practice and logic he’d gain from figuring out this project and I also saw the time this could buy me during Belle’s breastfeedings, so I granted his wish.
This week, I’ve been using this marshmallow activity as a bribe for him to finish his meals. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t but with this incentive, he does concentrate on eating a bit more.
Once Bean is done and cleaned up after a meal, I grab him a bunch of mini marshmallows and some toothpicks and he works on his newest creation. He’s mastered the concept of linking the marshmallows together and he’s currently working on building up.
I’m not sure if he’s going to be a genius engineer when he grows up but if he does, we all know that it started with some marshmallows and toothpicks.
Check out this cool packet that PBS put together for teachers and parents that help scaffold the learning in this activity.
Featured Image: Image credit to Imagine Entertainment & Universal Animation Studios.