Posted by: Gumdrops and toothpicks make fabulous, budget-friendly math manipulatives.   With a pile of both, students will make towering geometric sculptures and they will have so much fun, they won't even mind the math problems that await!

This lesson will make your everyday math lesson explode with enthusiasm!  This is just like the standard gumdrop (or marshmallow) and toothpick building activity with an exciting twist!  When students finish their geometric sculptures, the teacher gives each of the gumdrops a different value based upon its color!  For example:

GUMDROP VALUES:

• ​Red = 2
• Green = 5
• Yellow = 7
• Purple = 8
• Orange = 9
• White = 12

Then, students add up the number of each color they have, and then multiply that number by the value of each gumdrop to figure out what their sculpture is worth.  Students even get to add the number of toothpicks into the value of their sculpture!

For example, if calculating the above values for this sculpture, the math would look like this: ​Red = 2 X 3 = 6
Green = 5 X 3 = 15
Yellow = 7 X 2 = 14
Purple = 8 X 4 = 32
Orange = 9 X 6 = 54
White = 12 X 3 = 36 