Marshmallow Challenge in the Kindergarten

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I few month back I saw the TED talk of Tom Wujec about the Marshmallow Challenge. What fascinated me the most was the fact that according to Tom recent graduates of the kindergarten are building higher structures than the average adult. One of my credos is: “Never believe a statistic that you didn’t fake on your own”. So I phoned the head of our local kindergarten to ask if I could do the Marshmallow Challenge with the so called “Maxi-Kids”. These are the pre-schoolers of the kindergarten in the age of 5 years. And today morning I went there. What can I say, it was fun! I didn’t even have the time to explain everything in detail to them they just got started 🙂 The results were quite amazing.

Picture of the marshmallow structures
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The smallest structure had a size of about 20 cm. Unfortunately it got destroyed before the time was over. The kid got frustrated by the bigger towers of the other kids 😉 The structure on the left was about 27cm tall. The structure on the right was about 25cm tall but the biggest structure (the one in the middle) had a size of nearly 40cm(!). This is astonishing! All of the 4 groups had a standing structure (at least for a short time) and I bet the biggest structure would beat many other structures by adults. It was a great experience, maybe I’ll repeat it from time to time to get some more flesh for my statistics 😉