Part of the 6th grade curriculum is studying medieval times. Lots of fun stuff to go along with it - serving your parents for instance to earn your way up to a higher "rank" or standing in the community. (You know, peasant, lady-in-waiting, knight and so on.) There will be a feast complete with full medieval dress for all participants, and of course, there is the castle. All the students have to construct a castle out of whatever they desire (except legos.) Jonas' school didn't require the castle, but I've watched all of our neighbors building castles over the years, so I knew it was coming.
Samantha and her friend, Emma built theirs together. Yes, those are marshmallows. Castle walls built entirely of marshmallows. (I am still finding marshmallows all over my house and out in the yard, by the way - and probably will far into spring.)
They did a great job, and other than a little help attaching the walls to the board they did it by themselves. (It's always fun to go and see these sorts of projects and be able to tell immediately, which kids did their own and which kids had their parents do it.) The girls had a few focus issues and made a fantastic mess (including the previously mentioned marshmallows all over the house), and I was extremely glad when it was finally finished and moved out of my house. But it was fun to watch them figure it out together and brainstorm how to make it all work. I'm already thinking ahead to how to make this whole thing a little easier by the time Amelia has to do it.
No marshmallow castle would be complete without a chocolate moat, of course.
Now it's time to get working on a costume. I may be glad when this unit is over.