This week’s Unplugged Project was WHITE. So I was motivated to do something with Kiddo that had been rolling around in my head since we had done something similar in Kiddo’s science class some time ago. (I had forgotten about how the Unplugged Project was such a motivator for me to get off my butt and do stuff.)
Marshmallows and toothpick sculptures.
It took a bit of a twist given the marshmallows we ended up with. I put marshmallows on the grocery list (Have I ever mentioned how Daddy-o does the grocery shopping every Saturday at 6:30am? My job is to plan the menus and make the list… the intellectual part, you see.) but we shop at a pretty crunchy food co-op which doesn’t sell food made by “evil” brands like Kraft, so I wasn’t really sure what they would have in the way of white confections with no nutritional value. It turns out they do sell marshmallows, but Kosher ones:
I was a little disturbed by the claim of “made with fish gelatin” on the front of the package. I am pretty grossed out by the concept of cow or pig gelatin also, but of course that is not advertised on the front of conventional marshmallows so I can live in ignorance. Plus there is something about “fish gelatin” which conjures up the image of gelfite fish, which just looks so gross in the jar. But I am getting way off track…..
Here are the photos of our session. We used toothpicks and skewers. These fish gelatin marshmallows were really sticky. I thought Kiddo would be put off by that since he hates having messy hands but he dealt with it, although he did comment on the stickiness a lot. The stickiness was good for building and stacking.