Everyone loves a good campfire, especially when there are marshmallows involved! The Happy Marshmallow Game is all about collecting and roasting marshmallows while nurturing language development, fine motor skills, and pretend play.
Players take turns drawing marshmallow cards and matching foam marshmallows to their cards. Counting and matching enhances young players’ vocabulary as they identify colors and different facial expressions. Comparing and contrasting different attributes fosters language skills and encourages attention to detail which lays the foundation for critical thinking.
Playing The Happy Marshmallow Game is a great social adventure too as turn-taking is practiced throughout. This promotes fair play and encourages social interaction, which lays some groundwork for developing empathy and understanding of others’ perspectives.
As happy marshmallows are gathered, players carefully thread the marshmallow on their stick, practicing fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. This demands precision, and took some trial and error as they used motor control and dexterity.
Once the roasting sticks were full, it was time for some imaginative play, warming up by the fire. This role play and sequences during play, fostered conversation, creativity, and self-expression — and even some marshmallow swapping… “I want only blue ones,” our toddler demanded 🙂
The Happy Marshmallow Game is a fantastic introduction to learning through gameplay with toddlers. Through counting, matching, conversation, turn-taking and fine motor practice, children find the simple joy of playing and connecting with a caregiver. For parents and educators, this is a simple quick play game that inspires some creativity and language learning around color, counting, and matching concepts.
Available at MindWare