Spaghetti Marshmallows

Common Sense Media says

Fun physics building game with a playful theme.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Players build structures by connecting marshmallows and sticks of uncooked spaghetti together using the touch screen. The interface is intuitive, but might feel a little cramped for those with larger fingers.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Spaghetti Marshmallows is a physics-based building game in which players use marshmallows and sticks of raw spaghetti to construct towers high enough to reach a target. Kids are challenged to come up with creative solutions as they learn basic principals of structural engineering and physics.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • geometry
  • shapes

Science

  • gravity
  • physics
  • engineering

Hobbies

  • building

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • solving puzzles
  • applying information
  • hypothesis-testing
  • investigation
  • part-whole relationships
  • prediction
  • analyzing evidence
  • problem solving

Creativity

  • combining knowledge
  • developing novel solutions
  • imagination

Self-Direction

  • effort
  • achieving goals

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

This building game challenges players with cleverly designed levels. Players can switch to Sandbox mode or or go on a playful Rampage. The app is a little sparse graphically, but superb physics and fun sound effects help to pick up the slack.

Learning Approach

Kids are challenged to come up with creative solutions as they learn the basics of structural engineering. They can make predictions and test out theories. Including a tutorial about building concepts would make this a stronger learning tool.

Support

Solutions can be saved in screenshots, but there's no data feature for materials used or solution time. Controls are tricky, and the inability to delete individual pieces is likely to frustrate some kids. 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • geometry
  • shapes

Science

  • gravity
  • physics
  • engineering

Hobbies

  • building

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • solving puzzles
  • applying information
  • hypothesis-testing
  • investigation
  • part-whole relationships
  • prediction
  • analyzing evidence
  • problem solving

Creativity

  • combining knowledge
  • developing novel solutions
  • imagination

Self-Direction

  • effort
  • achieving goals

Kids can learn to build simple structures with a height, gravity, or extension challenge using two basic tools: marshmallows (connectors) and spaghetti (supports). They predict what constructions might work, test out their theories, and try again as many times as they wish. The addition of a tutorial about building concepts and a mode offering unlimited building supplies would make this a stronger learning tool. Spaghetti Marshmallows is a superb app that introduces kids to the basics of structural engineering and lets them have some marshmallow fun without the goo.

This Learning Rating review was written by Leslie Crenna

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What's it about?

Kids get an allotment of marshmallows and spaghetti in each of eight levels. They tap for marshmallows and drag for spaghetti. If a structure is unstable, it begins to sway and eventually (hopefully) falls down. If kids build into one or more target circles, they pass the level. Getting around the marshmallow-eating frog in “Ribbit!” is hilarious.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

SPAGHETTI MARSHMALLOWS is a straightforward building game with realistic physics and cleverly designed levels that challenge the player to come up with creative solutions to restrictions like limited resources or strategically placed obstacles. At the end of each level, players can switch to Sandbox mode and keep building for the fun of it, or go on a playful Rampage and destroy their structure by dropping giant red blocks on it. Spaghetti Marshmallows is a little sparse graphically, but superb physics and fun sound effects help to pick up the slack. There's even a night mode that helps preserve the phone's battery while playing.

Families can talk about...

  • Buy some real marshmallows (regular or minis) and spaghetti (fettuccini works well) and have your kids see how the real materials compare.

  • Encourage your kids to investigate some engineering topics like bridges or arches.

App details

Device:Android
Price:$.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:December 5, 2010
Category:Puzzle Games
Size:2.00 MB
Publisher:Fruxotic Games
Version:1.2
Minimum software requirements:Android 2.0 and up

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