Social Distance Learning Project: Jellybean Engineering

Building structures with marshmallows is a classic engineering project, but there are countless ways to adapt it to what you have on hand. This time around we are using jellybeans with the toothpicks. You can choose to lead your children in an activity or let them freely explore! 

Video Tutorial: jellybean engineering video


Jelly beans, toothpicks, flat working surface


  1. Gently poke a jelly bean with a toothpick.  
  2. Connect jelly beans together with other toothpicks to create your own design.


Encourage children to use their imagination to design a cool structure!  Or, give them a goal. For example: Design a free-standing structure that is at least three levels (toothpicks) tall but only one level wide.

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