Building toothpick sculptures is a construction project that is simple enough for young children yet challenging enough for older kids.
Updated December 2022
If you haven’t tried building with toothpicks with your kids, you must 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. And if you add in little animal figurines and dolls to populate the toothpick buildings, it’s a perfect pretend play craft, too.
Here are some of our favorite materials to use when making toothpick construction projects!
Here’s a video showing some Fabulous Toothpick Construction ideas for kids! And keep scrolling for even more ideas.
Toothpick Construction Ideas for Kids
Edible Toothpick Sculptures
An invitation to play with your food and create as you snack! Some options are healthier than others, but all are fun!
- Marshmallow and Toothpick Sculptures
- Easy Cranberry and Toothpick Construction
- Gumdrops and Toothpicks (at TinkerLab)
- Grape and Toothpick Sculptures
- Toothpick Sculptures with Cheese Cubes (at I Can Teach My Child)
- Building with Apples and Toothpicks (at Fun at Home Mom)
Clay and Playdough Toothpick Sculptures
Clay and playdough work well for building with toothpicks, too! We’ve used playdough, Sculpt-It air dry clay, and bread dough.
- Toothpicks, Playdough, and Pony Beads
- Building with Playdough and Toothpicks
- Toothpicks with Sculpt-It Air Dry Clay
- Toothpick Sculptures with Model Magic (at The Helpful Art Teacher)
And if you happen to have skewers at home, you can try Kids Sculptures with Styrofoam and Bamboo Skewers (they’re just big toothpicks, right?).
Have you tried building with toothpicks with your kids yet?
More Sculpture Ideas for Kids
- How to Make These Easy Wood Sculptures for Kids
- How to Make Cardboard Building Discs for Sculptures
- How to Make Your Own Magnetic Building Set with Cardboard
- How to Make Easy 3D Sculptures with Buttons, Beads & Feathers
- Making Marshmallow and Toothpick Construction
- Grape and Toothpick Sculptures are Healthy and Fun!
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