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STEM for Kids: Gumdrop Engineering

From Lincoln Logs to Legos, the love of kids building their own structures stands the test of time. Using basic engineering coupled with creativity, kids can use this gumdrop engineering project to make their imaginations come to life while also improving dexterity and motor skills. In the past, we have used blocks and clay to make structures. Why not some holiday-themed candy for this STEM activity? Gumdrops provide the perfect building block for this creative idea.


  • Gumdrops
  • Toothpicks
  • Lego man (optional)
  • Containers (optional)
  • Large Popsicle sticks (optional)


Using toothpicks and gumdrops, it’s time to try and experiment with making different structures!

What do you need to do to make a tall tower without it falling? How big can you make it before it does?

We made a house while having to figure out how to connect the toothpicks and gumdrops to make the top.

We used containers and a Lego man for a little play fun. We also used a “slide” to come out of a container. We used large Popsicle sticks as walking planks.

You can see in the many structures that we have created, there are so many different types of structures using different methods of foundation and building. Activities such as these where kids are using STEM concepts are the best. Kids are playing AND learning without fully recognizing so.

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Photos & content by: Heather Kucenski

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