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Gum drop engineering to build STEM skills - post has great tips on extending the activity too

STEM Activity: Gum Drop Engineering

A few months ago I was asked to come up with a series of educational at-home activities to do with the kids as part of a collaboration between eHow (who I regularly contribute for) and Target.

All together, I wrote 8 posts – many of which centered on developing STEM skills.  This gum drop engineering project was one of my very favorites (second only to the inventor’s box I shared with you guys last month).  Our whole family had a great time building and creating for almost an entire afternoon with this activity.

Go check it out for full details as well as ideas on how to extend the activity.  And if you’d like even more STEM ideas, you can also follow my new STEM Finds pinterest board.



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Mandie Hill May 23, 2013 at 1:29 pm

Love this idea! Just got done doing this activity with just marshmallows and toothpicks because that’s all we had and my 21 month old and 3 1/2 year old had a blast doing it. So easy for them to do and not messy which is great. Thanks for sharing. ~ Mandie


Steph (MPMK Founder) May 23, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Yay! So glad you tried it Madie – definitely do it again with the gum drops too. They’re more stable so you can make even bigger structures :).


Sarah Gannon May 24, 2013 at 5:31 pm

My mom had this as one of the activities at my 9th birthday party – I still remember it, 27 years later, because we had so much fun and my friends were so impressed!


Deceptively Educational May 27, 2013 at 12:33 pm

I’ve done this with my son and it was a HUGE hit. I’d love it if you’d share this with parents and caregivers at the After School Linky Party on my blog right now: deceptivelyeducational.blogspot.com


jordan-river April 16, 2014 at 9:22 am

1.I dont get why you have to use marshmallows and not just use gum drops.

2.Dont some kids just eat the food.

3.Do you give them any food after the activity is over. That is what I would do.


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