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Pretzel & Marshmallow Structure
Introduce your kids to "edible engineering," using pretzels and marshmallows to build two and even three dimensional structures. Creative learning has never tasted so good!
National Pretzel Day is celebrated each year on ApriI 26.
Hard pretzels were invented in the late 1600s, when a snoozing apprentice in a Pennsylvania bakery accidentally over-baked his pretzels, creating crunchy, seemingly inedible, knots. His job was spared when the master baker, attempting to criticize,
took an angry bite out of one, and loved it.
S'mores, a delicious marshmallow treat, first appeared with a recipe in a 1927 handbook called Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts.
Ligonier, Indiana is the marshmallow capital of the world.
Marshmallows expand in a vacuum because of the small air bubbles in them.
Students will use pretzels and marshmallows to build different structures.
Explore how the pretzels and marshmallows link together by gently pushing one end of the pretzel stick into a marshmallow.
Try building a flat, two-dimension shape, like a triangle or a square.
Then try tackling a three-dimensional structure, like a triangular prism or a cube.
Experiment with other shapes or structures.
Here is a challenge: Using 20 marshmallows and 30 pretzel sticks, build the tallest tower that you can.
When you are finished, measure how tall your tower is.