STEM Saturday: 2D vs 3D Gum Drop Shapes

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This week my STEM Saturday co-hosts and I are doing something a little bit different, we’ve decided to have a theme to our posts this week. So when you’re done reading about gum drop shapes, you should head on over to check out:
Building Structures with Candy Gumdrops from Lemon Lime Adventures
Gumdrop Bridge Building STEM Activity from Little Bins for Little Hands
Gingerbread & Gumdrops Grid Game from Stir the Wonder
Gumdrop Graphs | Candy Math from The Science Kiddo

Gum Drop Shapes (1)

We started with a bag of gum drops and some toothpicks. To make things easier to remember, we used the color coordinated our shapes: 2D shapes in green, 3D shapes in red. I built the shapes in front of the children to show them how each shape comes together, then they looked at my shapes to try and figure out how to build their own.

Gum Drop Shapes (3)

Simply pressing the toothpicks into the gumdrops to build the shape was a fine motor strengthening exercise for my two year old. She struggled yet successfully completed 2D shapes, meanwhile 3D shapes were a bit too much for her to grasp.

Gum Drop Shapes (2)

My five year old was able to put together his own 2D and 3D shapes with little frustration. He found it interesting to talk about what the 3D shapes were comprised of, “Pyramids look like they are all triangles but they have a square on the bottom…..What would it be called if there was a triangle on the bottom?”
The answer to his question was a tetrahedron. I wasn’t sure but we used the opportunity to review how to research for answers online.

 

 

Check out what my STEM Saturday co-hosts are up to!
Building Structures with Candy Gumdrops from Lemon Lime Adventures
Gumdrop Bridge Building STEM Activity from Little Bins for Little Hands
Gingerbread & Gumdrops Grid Game from Stir the Wonder
Gumdrop Graphs | Candy Math from The Science Kiddo

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