Activities for Kids

Jelly Bean Toothpick Building | A STEM Activity

Overlay Jelly Bean Toothpick Building STEM Activity for Kids

Are you ready for another great STEM toothpick challenge that is sure to entertain your little builder? This Jelly Bean Toothpick Building Activity is going to become one that you keep around as the perfect boredom buster!

My favorite type of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) activities are hands on challenges. Most kids enjoy seeing the process and changes as they manipulate, build or experiment.

This activity is both a hands on learning experience, and a lesson in engineering. Their creations develop right before their eyes.

child's hand making a jelly bean toothpick building


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Supplies for Jelly Bean Toothpick Building Activity

Want to know what I love more than a great STEM Activity? It’s a great STEM activity that doesn’t involve multiple supplies! For this one, you will only need:

Jelly Beans


It also doesn’t hurt to provide the children with a paper plate or bowl to contain their jelly beans and toothpicks.

table full of jelly bean toothpick building supplies


Building with Jelly Beans and Toothpicks

One way to do the Jelly Bean Toothpick Building Activity is to have your child work independently on creating anything they can imagine!

Beyond creative building, here are some ideas to not only challenge your child, but to extend their learning as well:


*Building a flat creation

*Creating something with a 3D effect

*Making the tallest jelly bean tower

*Using the jelly beans to make letters or numbers

*Building two structures and attempting to connect them (think bridges)


the letters G J H made out of toothpicks and jelly beans


Minute to Win It Version

Another way to use the Jelly Bean Toothpick Building Activity is to make it a timed game. You could do this as a solo activity, or place the children onto teams.

This is a great team-work building challenge. It would be perfect for Scouts Meetings, Vacation Bible School or for School Class Parties.


Also, using the ideas above, you could challenge the groups to build various toothpick structures with their jelly beans.

If you are looking for a true “Minute to Win It” type game, I would recommend making the challenge to see how tall they can build their structures.

You could also finish a team-work building challenge by having all of the groups connect their jelly bean toothpick structures together!


jelly beans connected by toothpicks


Another fun STEM Toothpick Challenge

Looking for even more fun ways to make toothpick STEM structures? Then take a look at my Spice Drop STEM Activity for Kids post! Spice Drops are a softer candy and are easier for younger children, such as preschoolers, to use as building tools.

Hopefully your kids enjoy the STEM Jelly Bean Toothpick Building Activity! Tag us on Instagram (@productivepete) with your creations!




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  • Reply Flossie April 14, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    Oh my goodness – what a clever idea to use up all those leftover jelly beans from Easter! (AND LEARNING, TOO!!! 🙂 ) My kids would love this – they are already building-things addicts! 🙂

    • Reply Holly Pete April 21, 2018 at 9:53 pm

      Yes! This is a perfect idea for using up jelly beans! Thanks Flossie!

  • Reply Chelsea Padgett July 29, 2018 at 11:50 am

    This is so fun! We are totally going to do this with all the neighbor kids!

    • Reply Holly Pete July 29, 2018 at 11:58 am

      It’s perfect for a big group activity! Hope all the neighbor kids enjoy the jelly bean building!

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