Want a game that engages kids of all ages, creates memories (not to mention giggles), cleans your house, gets the energy out of the kiddos, and costs only a few bucks?
It just so happens that I grew up playing just such a game. My dad invented what we call, Marshmallow Mayhem. I loved it as a child and even more as a parent. My dad was a genius when he came up with this.
Basically my parents would have us girls clean a large carpeted room really well (see my parents are complete geniuses, start the game by cleaning!). I mean really well, clean enough to eat off the floor.
Once it was determined that the floor was clean enough, my dad would stand in the middle of the room and ceremoniously open the bag of large marshmallows. Then he would rapid fire them at each of us girls in turn, with 6 of us girls scrambling around it got crazy-fast! We loved it! He didn’t throw them too hard so it didn’t hurt, it would then become our ammo to turn around and throw at anything moving.
My favorite was to throw it back at dad, we hardly ever were allowed to throw stuff at him. The sister that stole my book earlier or snuck into my room were also good choices. 🙂 Throwing soft stuffed animals was also legal (we made sure there weren’t any hard noses or eyes on them), as well as hiding behind furniture. Just good clean, giggly fun. What kid doesn’t like playing with their food?
When there was a lull dad would call a halt and then we were to pick up the marshmallows and divide them up equally to eat. Yes after all that we did eat it-we cleaned really thoroughly for a reason. Through the years there were never any injuries and we girls were careful to never squash marshmallows into the carpet. So I thought it might work for your family to enjoy! For the price of a bag of marshmallows it’s worth a shot!
So what does it take to do this in your own family?
1 bag of large marshmallows (just don’t do mini)
1 clean room
1 marshmallow throwing parent
Furniture (for hiding behind)-optional
Stuffed animals (for additional arsenal)-optional
A spirit of adventure and good humor
What was your favorite childhood game?