The kids and I made extra colorful toothpick sculptures yesterday, using spring-colored marshmallows, colored toothpicks, and translucent pony beads.
I shared a couple of photos on Instagram, but wanted to follow up with a proper blog post, more pictures, and a round up of kids toothpick sculpture ideas.
First of all, if you haven’t tried toothpick sculptures with your kids, definitely give it a try!
It’s a construction project that can be as simple as poking a bunch of toothpicks in playdough for young children or as challenging as building a geodesic dome or tower for older kids and adults.
And with all the different great ways to build with toothpicks, everything from traditional marshmallows to Model Magic to sculpture as snack, you’re sure to find one to suit your family.
We’ve made toothpick and marshmallow sculptures a fair number of times by now but this time I added some translucent pony beads (left over from umpteen melted bead projects) to the table. We threaded the beads onto toothpicks, in between marshmallows, for an extra pop of sparkly color.
Maia’s an old pro at marshmallow sculptures, but Daphne (4.5yo) really got into it for the first time this round.
The kids gathered their little animal figurines and dolls to populate the toothpick buildings and scenery.
12 More Toothpick Construction Ideas for Kids
- Marshmallow and Toothpick Sculptures (the plain Jane version)
- Soap and Toothpicks
- Gumdrops and Toothpicks (at TinkerLab)
- Kids Sculptures with Styrofoam and Bamboo Skewers (they’re just big toothpicks, right?)
Edible Toothpick Sculptures
An invitation to play with your food and create as you snack! (By the way, I know marshmallows and gumdrops are technically edible, but I try not to let my kids know that when we’re making these sculptures.)
- Grape and Toothpick Sculptures (we also do this with blueberries)
- Toothpick Sculptures with Cheese Cubes (at I Can Teach My Child)
- Building with Apples and Toothpicks (at Fun at Home Mom)
- Toothpick Sculptures with Green Peas (at Vegmom) and Pea Geometry with dried peas (at Chez Larsson)
Building with Toothpicks and Dough
Doughs work too for making toothpick sculptures! We’ve used playdough, Sculpt-It air dry clay, and bread dough. And The Helpful Art Teacher used Model Magic with her kids, with great results.
- Toothpicks, Playdough, and Pony Beads
- Playdough and Toothpick Sculptures
- Toothpick Sculptures with Model Magic (at The Helpful Art Teacher)
- Toothpick Sculptures with Sculpt-It Air Dry Clay
Have you tried toothpick sculptures with your kids yet? Any other ways to make them that you would add?
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