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What is Engineering? Activity for Kids

Engineering with Candy DIY

  • Duration: 45-60 min
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Cost: $0 to $5

Build a candy structure that is strong enough to hold up a book!

Material List

  • 1Toothpicks
  • 1Bag of gummy bears
  • 1Hard cover book


  • 1Start by building a cube by connecting the toothpicks to the gummy bears.
  • 2Once your cube is made, test your structure by placing the book on top.
  • 3If your cube is not successful, try building another shape, such as a pyramid.
  • 4Build 3 pyramids out of the toothpicks and gummy bears.
  • 5Try spreading them out and placing the book on top.
  • 5Continue to adjust your structures as needed until they can support the book.
  • Warning:Be careful not to poke yourself with the toothpicks.

How It Works

Some shapes have more strength than others. Triangles give more support than squares when building structures. Triangles are used a lot in construction of things like bridges. An engineer can test many different solutions and each time they redesign it, the solution can get better.

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