I recently entertained my kids all day for $1.
That’s how much a bag of miniature marshmallows cost me. Those toothpicks have been in my cupboard forever. All you have to do is stick the toothpicks into the marshmallows, and you can build things – like so:
The kids went a different route. Max made a monster…
Charlie made a bunny monster. That’s the long, bumpy thing on the table in front of him.
They made snakes, racetracks, birdhouses, ceiling fans and houses for their monsters. It takes a long time to go through all the marshmallows. Then we left them alone for a few hours: once the marshmallows dry out the structures become much more sturdy, allowing the kids to play with their creations without them breaking.
Then, of course, the kids ate stale marshmallows and I had to clean up sticky toothpicks.