When the kids come inside from playing in the snow, I always let them have some hot cocoa to help them warm up. I decided to sneak a tiny bit of learning in on a day when it was too yucky to go outside! We practiced “marshmallow math” at the kitchen table. Marshmallow counting was perfect for a preschooler. Marshmallow addition (and subtraction) keeps my older child busy.
Counting with Marshmallows
For my daughter, I had cards with cups of cocoa and marshmallows in the cup. She was to find the same number of real marshmallows, counting to put them on the card.
I made counting cards without the number and 10 more with the number labeled (for those still in the earliest stage of number learning. Then, I also made ten frames with marshmallows for my daughter to play with. She loved lining up the marshmallows on those. The ten frame marshmallow cards helped her a lot!
And of course she had to eat the marshmallows after she solved each card.
For my son, I had some simple addition (to 10) cards. I actually made them for him last year, so they were quite easy for him this year. But he did not mind. Adding marshmallows is a great game when you get to eat them afterward!
I included a recording sheet as well for him to write down the equations and the answers.
The kids loved the marshmallow fun!
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The marshmallow addition cards are sold in my TeachersPayTeachers store and my Shop. It includes 40 half-page cards, a two-page recording sheet, and answer key. See also the related wintery-subtraction task cards! Use cotton balls (or marshmallows) as the “snowballs.” You may also be interested in learning about footprints in the snow and a melting snow preschool experiment as well.