. Ice cream bucket/round container (for making the giant marshmallow shapes)
. Snow shovel (for mounding snow together to make scooping into the bucket easier)
. Water spray bottle (for spraying the walls)
. Large bucket of water, probably best kept in the garage (for refilling the spray bottle)
. Two to four boards, each board 1 inch x 8 inches and each 3 to 4 feet long
(These boards are optional for those who would like to have doorways with a lintel or "roof" over each.
We outfitted only two of our doorways with lintels because we had only two boards.)
. About 25 "manhours" (three boys worked after school on Friday and again on Saturday)
Step 1: Making Marshmallow Building Blocks
After you have packed the bucket well, wipe the top until level. Invert the bucket and release the marshmallow (you may have to shake the bucket a bit to cause the marshmallow block to release). Voila! You have a marshmallow building block. If the marshmallow block does not release from the bucket, either your snow is too wet or you have packed a bit too tightly.
Step 2: Making Your Pattern and Beginning to Build
Trace with your boot or with a stick a large circle in the snow to establish the pattern you will follow for laying out the first level of the palisade's walls, both interior and exterior. After you have laid out the first level, be sure to stagger the blocks (alternating like the layers of brick in a brick wall) on the second level and on each subsequent level. Above is a picture of the staggered marshmallow blocks.
Step 3: Solidifying Your Walls
When you need to refill your water bottle, trek to the garage and refill from your large bucket of water. Depending on how cold it is outside, you might be able to do the refilling outside right at your building site. In any case, be careful not to your clothes wet while refilling your water bottle.
Step 4: Making Doorway Lintels (Optional)
Step 5: Having Fun to the Finish
The Magnificent Marshmallow Palisade required at least a ton of snow, but provided even more tons of fun. Next snowstorm, try it yourself! Don't be surprised if all the adults in the neighborhood drop by, smiling with glee at your progress and wishing they had time to pitch in and be a part of the fun!
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