Another focus of this activity is to build collaboration and time-management skills. The beauty of the Marshmallow Challenge is the way it allows people to work together and rally around each other. For those reasons, this great activity can be used for any subject and any age.
So, how does it work? Teams are challenged to design a free-standing marshmallow structure in 18 minutes with limited supplies that were provided by the teacher. As the facilitator, you can acquire a lot of information about the people doing this activity as you walk around and observe. Personality
Once the time is up, I like to have the kids throw their hands up in the air so we all know that no one is cheating and putting on any finishing touches. Then, I walk around to measure any structures that are still standing with a meter stick. The kids will wait with bated breath until I approach their table with the meter stick...hoping that the fragile marshmallow structure will last long enough "to count." It's always fun to drum up friendly competition and offer a nice treat for the class champion - or even the grade level champion. Students are always running into the classroom the next day to see what the grade level results were and how they compared.