This snowball alphabet activity gives preschoolers a chance to smash marshmallows with a hammer while practicing letter identification and letter sounds! It doesn’t get much more fun than that!
Evan loves it when he can smash something. That sounds crazy, but it’s true. What is with boys and their desire to smash things??? Since I always try to plan activities that will be fun and exciting for him, I often find myself thinking up activities that allow him to smash, slam, smack or kick things. If you have a child with a similar personality, this activity will be a lot of fun for them! Be sure to check out our Snowball Throw Alphabet Activity too!
Food markers – if you want the marshmallows to be edible.
Magnetic letters, letter tiles, bath letters or pieces of paper with letters written on them
1. Write capital letters on the marshmallows if you have lowercase magnetic letters like I do. If you only have uppercase magnetic or bath letters then write lowercase letters on the marshmallows. You want them to be able to find lowercase/uppercase matches.
I explained to Evan that we were going to pretend the marshmallows were snowballs and he was going to smash them with his hammer. He was very excited about the idea!
I then explained that he needed to pick up one of the lowercase letter magnets and then find the uppercase match on one of the marshmallows. Once he found the match, he could smash the marshmallow!
You can modify this activity for younger children by putting colored dots on the marshmallows and calling out colors or you could call out a number and have them smash that many marshmallows. If you are just beginning to teach letters to your child you could just use a few letters, call out the letter name and have them smash the marshmallow with that letter on it.
Evan didn’t just smash the marshmallows once or twice. He really went to town on them. It was actually good gross motor practice too because he really had to work on his aim, especially since the marshmallows would often roll or tip over.
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