Marshmallow painting is not only a fun thing to do but it’s also a great sensory activity!
My little guy loves to do arts and crafts. When I taught preschool last year we did so many fun art projects and crafts. I learned that kids love art the most when you let them paint or explore with objects other than normal brushes. It can be messy, but it makes it so much fun!
We decided to do some marshmallow painting. Yes, we painted with real marshmallows! I discovered that using the jumbo-sized marshmallows worked the best.
Since St. Patrick’s Day is coming up (and we love all things green!) we painted a fun Shamrock.
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To get started you will need a shamrock stencil. You can either hand draw one or print off one. I chose to print one 🙂 You can grab the one I found or just hand draw one if you are a real artist!
You will also need a thicker piece of paper (like cardstock), some tape to hold the stencil down, paint, glitter, (optional) and marshmallows.
After I cut out the shamrock, I taped it down to the cardstock paper. I put some paint on a paper plate and added some jumbo marshmallows, and let my little guy get busy.
We did this on a very dark and stormy afternoon so sadly our pictures aren’t the best 🙁
This is not an activity you can set up and walk away from!
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I did have to hold down the shamrock template because even though it was taped it did come up when he was going crazy painting.
You want to make sure your child paints all around the shamrock and covers the paper. When he was finished I had to sprinkle on glitter to add some sparkle.
Next, I carefully pulled the shamrock stencil up to reveal the picture! We let it dry overnight before hanging it up on our art wall.
This painting with marshmallows activity was really fun and a great way to do a different sensory exploration. Kids will have to really work on gripping the marshmallows carefully and stamping them on the paper so it’s great for motor skills!
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Do you think your kids would like to paint with marshmallows? Give it a try! We definitely want to do this again when we do more Easter activities!