We love STEM activities for kids. When we conducted our PEEPS® candy science experiments, we also did a few engineering projects just for fun! I’ve seen a lot of marshmallow engineering activities, but since we had PEEPS® on hand, we decided to use them instead!
We love PEEPS®, but a lot of times we have extra after Easter is over. But rather than throw those PEEPS® away, why not transform them into an educational activity?
4 PEEPS® Marshmallow Engineering Activities
Stack the PEEPS®
Monkey wanted to see how high she could stack the PEEPS® in a pyramid shape. She discovered that it was possible to stack them, but a wider base worked a lot better.
We discussed what would make the PEEPS® stack better. We decided that using toothpicks and wetting the PEEPS® to make them sticky would have helped create a bigger, sturdier tower.
Will PEEPS® Stick?
Monkey wanted to know if PEEPS® would stick to various surfaces. She tried to stick the PEEPS® to a mirror, the refrigerator, the carpet, the floor, a plate, and the table.
We discovered that the part that connected the PEEPS® to each other was the stickiest part of each PEEP®. But with such a small surface area of sticky, the PEEPS® did not stick to anything for long.
Build a Model with PEEPS®
This was my favorite PEEPS® engineering experiment of the day, although Monkey liked the bounce engineering experiment best.
For this engineering activity you will need:
Have the children design a structure on paper. Monkey wanted to design a bridge structure.
Once the design is complete, re-create the design with PEEPS®. As the children build, as them questions about the design. Were the PEEPS® able to create the original shape’s design? Did the design have to be modified to work with the structure of the PEEPS®? Do the children think PEEPS® would make a sustainable structure for long-term? What would happen if it rained?
You can use the opportunity to discuss what real-life engineers have to decide about what materials to use while building a structure.
Will PEEPS® Bounce?
This was the last one of the marshmallow engineering activities that Monkey tried. At this point, she was getting a little silly, but it was a lot of fun.
Monkey experimented with dropping the PEEPS® from various heights to determine if the height of the PEEP® made any difference it the bounciness of the PEEPS®. She determined that PEEPS® are not bouncy, but if dropped from high enough, they will bounce one time.
We had a lot of fun with our PEEPS® engineering activities. Have you ever tried any marshmallow engineering projects?
More Creative Easter Activities for Kids
We’re joining in the monthly blog hop from Bare Feet on the Dashboard for fun creative Easter activities for kids. Check out the other awesome Easter activities!
DIY Resurrection Eggs for Toddlers & Preschoolers from Bare Feet on the Dashboard
10 Ways to Decorate Eggs from Betsy’s Photography
Spring Tot Trays from Something 2 Offer
Washi Tape Easter Eggs by Teach me Mommy
An invitation to decorate Easter Cards from Multicraftingmummy
Resurrection Garden Sensory Play from Schooling a Monkey
PEEPS Candy Science from Schooling a Monkey
Messy Play: Dyeing Easter Eggs from Schooling a Monkey
Easter Tuff Spot Play from Adventures of Adam
Bunny Books and Sight Word Games from My Bright Firefly
Natural Materials Easter Craft for Kids from Fun With A Message