Out of Mini-Marshmallows!
as a Hands-On History Project for Kids
Watch our video below on how to make an Ancient Egyptian mini-marshmallow pyramid ! For additional helpful info from Carol Henderson, read below the video!
How to Make an Egyptian Pyramid from Marshmallows:
The Base: You’ll need a disposable plate or a small styrofoam meat tray to hold your project.
If you are doing this project with a class, have them write their names on the bottom of this base before you begin.
The Marshmallows: I estimate that a typical 10.5 ounce bag of mini marshmallows will make about 5 pyramids. Of course, you should probably buy an extra bag to allow for all the eating that can’t help but happen while making this project!
The Icing: I found that one recipe of watered-down buttercream icing was plenty for all my 22 students. This is how I made it:
1/2 c. shortening (margarine is OK…it just gives it a yellowish tinge)
4 c. powdered sugar (1 box)
about 1/2 c. (or so) milk or cream — I didn’t accurately measure how much I used. I just kept adding a little at a time until the icing was the consistency of gravy
Whip all this together until smooth. Keep in airtight container in the fridge. Let warm to room temperature before using.
Other Supplies: You’ll just need plastic spoons to spread the icing on the paper plate (using the back of the spoon).
Of course, if you choose to make your pyramid non-edible, you can use glue instead of icing.
The Technique: Watch the video (above)!! It’s pretty simple!
Top It In Gold: Be sure to tell your kid(s) that since the original pyramids were polished limestone, they gleamed a brilliant white in ancient times just like the models they’re making. What’s more, it is believed that the very top was covered in gold. A nice touch for your project is to use gold or yellow sprinkles for the top marshmallow.