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Marshmallow Painting for Fine Motor Skills

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Painting is often good therapy, but you can kick it up a notch by using marshmallows as the painting tool. You can grade the type of grip used by using the large marshmallows or the mini marshmallows.

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You can use regular paint on paper and just dip the marshmallow in and make designs on the paper.

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I decided to try a fully edible painting activity since our painting tools were edible. I used powdered Jello with a little water added as the paint. Our “paper” was sugar cookies.

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This is a good activity for kids who avoid foods. Playing with food as a toy is a good way to get kids accustomed to being around different foods. Using the tiny marshmallows helps with achieving a tip pinch, and works on developing a tripod grasp for handwriting.


  • Marshmallows (large and mini)
  • Paint or Jello
  • Paper or sugar cookies


  • Fine-motor
  • Handwriting
  • Sensory

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  1. Just showed the marshmallow paintbrush idea to a home-based early childhood teacher–she loved it!

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