Is there anything more satisfying than some s'mores on a summer night? This treat gains even more appeal when you consider the language benefits of completing this activity with children. This task can be broken up into several smaller steps so that your kiddos can feel like they really contributed to the process. All these smaller jobs allow for practice of following directions- an important life skill! If your child is unable to complete the tasks with just verbal directions, model each step first so they have some visual support.
These are the following steps we used: (Children can complete almost every step independently with the exception of assistance using skewers, or holding the marshmallows over the BBQ. Even if assistance is needed during other parts of the activity, prompt your kiddos to request help!)
1. Open the packages of marshmallows, chocolate, and graham crackers.
2. Break up the crackers and chocolate bars into smaller pieces.
3. Count groups of three marshmallows.
4. Place three marshmallows on each skewer.
5. Place chocolate bars on top of graham crackers.
6. Hold skewers over the BBQ until marshmallows are mushy. We only needed about two minutes!
7. Using a fork, slide the mushy marshmallows off the skewers and onto the graham crackers with chocolate.
8. Take another graham cracker and press on top to close each sandwich.
9. Enjoy the sticky, deliciousness of it all!
Here are some vocabulary suggestions you can model to help your child expand their utterances:
Nouns: plates, skewers, BBQ, marshmallows, chocolate bars, crackers, napkins
Verbs: break, snap, put, count, push, press, help, cook, slide, eat, enjoy
Adjectives: sticky, crunchy, sweet, hot, pointy, delicious/yummy