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Marshmallow Fire Painting

Exploring different mediums to paint with can be a great activity for little ones, especially if it involves food! This marshmallow painting activity allows children to swirl, squish and create one-of-a-kind masterpieces!

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Make a delicious design!

Without a doubt, roasted marshmallows are a fun and easy camping snack. Use your leftover marshmallows for a fun painting experience with children. They will love the smell and texture of these sweet treats — just don’t be surprised if a few go missing before painting!

📚Challenge Accepted: Challenge older children by using mini marshmallows and toothpicks to increase their fine motor muscles.

🌿 Try Something New! Experimenting with different tools doesn’t have to end with marshmallows and sticks; explore different foods or nature to paint with!

🎨 Adjust as Needed: Experiment with children working on a flat surface versus an upright surface (like an easel). One way may be easier or more challenging depending on the child’s needs


For this activity you will need:

Jumbo Marshmallows

Sticks (or bbq skewers)

Paint (red, orange, yellow)

Shallow cups

White paper

Brown marker

Learning Outcomes




Fine Motor (Making a Mark)


Using palmar grasp to hold crayons and brushes and make scribbles


Step 1:

Pierce your one marshmallow with a stick and repeat for as many colors of paint that you have.

Step 2:

Divide your paint colors into shallow cups.

Step 3:

Lay out the white paper and encourage your child to paint using red, orange, and yellow paint colors. They may blend them or paint flames to represent a fire depending on their age.

Step 4: 

Let their masterpiece dry overnight and in the morning draw “logs” using the brown marker at the bottom of the page to represent the logs of a fire!

⬆️ For older preschoolers: Older children will have better control of the paintbrush’ — encourage them to use the flat part and the “edge” of the marshmallow to explore the different types of marks it makes on the paper.

⬇️ For younger toddlers: Younger children may enjoy mixing and blending the colors together rather than creating defined lines of red, orange, and yellow for the flames. Encourage this as they’ll begin to understand how blending colors works!

Playful Questions

When you paint with the marshmallow how does it feel?

Can you blend the colors together to make a new color?

When you see a campfire, do you see these colors?

When we’re around a campfire what should we do/not do?

Have you ever roasted a marshmallow on a campfire?

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