Saturday, March 15, 2014

Marshmallows + water = "GET ME!"

It's Saturday...time to link up with 
one of my BBB's, Joanne,
Spark Student Motivation Saturday.

I have been bustin' at the seams to share this week's
Spark Student Motivation idea...

Wait for it...

Are you still waitin'?

I present to you...


 Jerm was sweet enough to get me this at Bass Pro last week.
It's pink and perfect!

 He even bought me ammo for my new motivational toy.

Kids WILL work for marshmallows.
(I should probably get t-shirts made with this slogan)
Some of them will even follow the 5 second rule once one
goes flyin' through the air and hits the ground.
Rules are rules.

Want work completed...neatly?  Offer marshmallows.
Want questions answered...correctly?  Offer marshmallows.
Want directions followed...all of them?  Offer marshmallows.
Want kids riled up and enthusiastic...always?  Offer marshmallows.
I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.

I made them work for it...

Unfortunately, I had to perform a lil' surgery at one point.
We had a casualty.
The marshmallow went in sideways.
Never was still edible.

I forgot to mention it makes a really awesome noise
and will pop marshmallows out really fast...
even several at a time.

Oh...AND the marshmallows will soar up to
30 FEET...that's far!

Did the marshmallow shooter not convince you?

Don't worry....

I've got one more thing.

The Water Shooter.

You can find this bad boy in a variety of colors
at the Dollar Tree for $1.
(I'm tryin' to be a phenomenal D.T. shopper
like Joanne!)
I found this by mistake.
I happened to be in the store lookin' for the thing of all things...
when lo and behold....some Spring Breakers (I live in the Spring
Break capital of the really...I do) walked in.
They were fightin' over the box and the colors
(does this surprise anyone?),
so I had a thought...if college kids thought this
was must definitely be the "it" thing to buy.
I waited around the corner impatiently patiently
for them to get out of the way and scooped one up.
Don't think I didn't pick every single one up and
admire the pretty colors too!
They made that store Forever 21 after me.
Yes...I'll admit I'm immature for my age.

Back to the important stuff...
The second the kids saw me puttin' water in this thing,
they KNEW what was up.
All I heard was "GET ME!"

So, I did what any intelligent human bein' would do...
I GOT them!

Some used others for human shields.
The others willingly let this occur.

Some were over it and just wanted to work...without me
lurkin' around the bend with my new toy.

Some just laughed at me.
I dare I disturb their math time?

One friend wished he would have never
said, "You didn't get me the first time...I wanted
you to get me!"

So...again...what did I do?
I got him!

He didn't mind that I got water on his shirt, but he
was NOT happy when I got water on his math papers.
He was a good sport about cleanin' it up though...of course,
after givin' me my very own trademark "evil eye".

All in all...
we all got in some good chuckles.
I guess I'll save my water toy for outdoors...
since it's about to get hot enough in Florida that we will
need the cool refresher.
I'll leave my poor babies alone durin' math time!
I promise.

The marshmallow shooter is another story though...
that thing is sittin' right on my desk for
all the perfect opportunities to be used.
You would think I was passin' out
billion dollar winnin' lottery tickets
by the way they squeal when they
see that thing appear.
It's a keeper!

If you get one of these,
you might want to apologize to your neighbors
ahead of time if you live in a pod settin' like I do.

Before I wish you a Happy Saturday...
be sure to head over to one of my other BBB,
 Jivey's blog at Ideas by Jivey
to enter her Feelin' Lucky?
Follower Appreciation & Birthday Giveaway.
This will end on Monday, March 17th at midnight.'s time now...
Happy Saturday, friends!


  1. Glad to see that I now have a use for all those marshmallows left over from cocoa time this winter. What fun!! I think my son even has one of these marshmallow shooters in the bottom of his closet somewhere. Hmmm....

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  2. Oh my, this looks like so much fun!

    I need one of those just to blow off steam, for me and my students!

    Hodges Herald

  3. Okay, I read about the marshmallow shooter and you know what I did then.....I started thinking of how I could get kids to build one as a STEM lab task.......

    Teachers Are Terrific!

    1. That would be a FABULOUS idea!!!!! Maybe I should have my kids try to make them too. Now you have my brain turning!

  4. My kids would definitely work for marshmallows! I must get one of these!

  5. You had me at "pink." I love that the marshmallow shooter comes in pink.
    I can't believe you were shooting water at your kids while they were working! LOL!
    You're so mean.... ; )

    Teaching Powered by Caffeine

  6. How fun! I would LOVE to use one of those in my classroom. However, I can totally see my district having a major problem with it. Boo. And in Texas, we can only give them healthy treats. Boo again. I sure would love to find a way around it though!!
    Southern Fried Teachin’

    1. I figured I would do the "it's better to ask forgiveness" route. We shall see. :)

  7. Once again I would LOVE to be in your classroom! I can't imagine how crazy my firsties would go for those marshmallows if they go crazy for stickers! Must look into trying this! :) So fun! Love catching up and reading what is going on in your classroom!!!

    Learning to the Core

  8. Oh my goodness...I want to come to your class! I bet they love working for you. I think I'm going to invest in these! Thanks for sharing. Great post and pictures!

  9. Okay, I NEED a marshmallow shooter!!!! Love it! I think your students probably think you're a little crazy with that water shooter though! Haha!! I want to hang out in your pod!
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  10. You are so fun! I wonder how I would have been as a student in your class. Probably like my little friend W. I might have even cried LOL. You really know how to motivate your kids. I LOVE it all.

  11. Now this is FUN! Your kids must be so sad to see this year ending...unless you're looping up with them again!

  12. How fun!!! My kids would go crazy over something like this!
    Polka Dot Lesson Plans

  13. I love the marshmallow shooter - I think I need one for the cottage this summer!! Your class always has the most fun while learning - I may have to move to the Spring Break capital to hang out in your room : )

  14. You crack me up Alison! Your whole post cracked me up! My son had a marshmallow shooter and I did not know they made pink ones or I would have my own! (Too bad these aren't at the Dollar Tree!) I love your shirt idea and I love that you made them work for those marshmallows! (These you can buy at the Dollar Tree!) Thanks for sharing and linking up a fun idea BBB!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  15. blahaha--shooting marshmallows at kids would just be the best. 30 feet of range means I could sneak into another class and get the teacher.
    They also have a double barrel shooter:


  16. Ok, I HATE marshmallows but I know that most everyone loves them! I bet the kids absolutely loved this and I'm sure mine would too!
    Keep Calm and Hoot On

  17. All I have for this post is a big fat LOL! You are crazy and I love you for it!
    A Tall Drink of Water

  18. I literally LOL'ed as I read this. The marshmallow shooter looks awesome. My 2 & 4 year old have a Princess Sofia and Jake & the Pirates water squirter like that for outdoors in the summer. Those things really soak you! Have a great week!
    Pinkadots Elementary


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