Marshmallow Games for Kids

Super simple to set up and extra fun to play – these simple Marshmallow Games are hysterical and perfect for kids of any age (even the older ones!).

Be sure to check out our other fun family-friendly kid activities and crafts!

Marshmallow Activities

Hosting a school holiday party must be exhausting.

As a parent, I just have my small part.

This year, I was in charge of snacks. Super simple!

With its vibrant hues and sweet, crunchy texture, this rainbow snack is sure to be a hit with kids and adults alike.

Marshmallow Games for Kids - ridiculously easy to set up, crazy fun to play! | Mommy Evolution

Marshmallow Games

We just got back from my son’s elementary school holiday party… and the kids played an incredibly fun game that is a cinch to set up!

I just couldn’t resist sharing with these marshmallow games with you.

Materials you’ll need:

  • Miniature marshmallows
  • Straws
  • Small paper cups

Seriously. That’s it! Simple, right?

Original Marshmallow Games

For the original marshmallow game, the kids were given 20 miniature marshmallows, which they put on their desk.

The kids put their hands behind their backs and, using their straws, sucked on the straw to grab the marshmallow and then drop it into the paper cup.

Of course, the kids got a little bit of time to practice.

But after just a couple of tries, they had it down.

If you have younger kids, I would recommend letting them hold the straw with their hands.

But these kiddos are in 3rd grade, so no hands allowed!

With 30 seconds on the clock, these kids were competitive!

They actually played in groups, and we had a “throw down” between the top winners of the different groups. It was exciting.

“I had a dream last night, I was eating a ten pound marshmallow. I woke up this morning and the pillow was gone.”

Benefits of Straws

We’ve used straws for years in my house, but more as a self-regulation tool.

Blowing through a straw is a great way to release energy and calm down yourself.

For kids that are oral seekers (like my kiddos), sucking through straws are a terrific way to meet a child’s sensory diet.

Variations on Marshmallow Games

Leave it to a bunch of 3rd graders to instantly turn a game on it’s head.

Before we knew it, the kids were seeing how many marshmallows they could get out of the cup and back into the desk.

And for the final game, they decided they had to line up the marshmallows in a 3×3 square, which was definitely tougher.

For other ideas you could do:

  • sorting, if you have colored miniature marshmallows
  • blow your marshmallow across the desk first
  • walk across the room with your marshmallow and drop it in a bucket (extra hard but good for tweens)


  1. Another fun one to add but doesn’t include the straw is marshmallow catches. One person holds a bowl or cup their head. The other person stands a few feet away and tries to toss marshmallows into the bowl. Super fun! Another variation is to try and throw it in the partner’s mouth.

  2. Dorothy Boucher says:

    I think this is a really fun way to enjoy some time with my grandchildren 🙂 Think I will
    be doing this this weekend..

  3. Great ideas…I was going to have the kids build a snowman. Now I have a few ideas for games too! Thanks.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *