вторник, 13 января 2015 г.

Building Structures with Candy Pumpkins

Building Structures with Candy Pumpkins

Building Structures with Candy Pumpkins

Looks like they really enjoyed this activity! I might have to try this with Caden!

They did! It was so much fun! They want to do it again!

So much learning going on here – and so much fun!

Thank you !

looks so yummy…no I mean smart…so STEMy.and yummy get in my tummy fun!

Very cute! Thank you!

What kind of pumpkin candy did you use? You said that you didn’t use the candy corn pumpkins, but I don’t know that I have ever seen another kind.

We used jelly candies. They were in the candy isle at our grocery store. Sorry I don’t know the brand. I think “branchers” makes some.

Looks like so much fun! Quick question, where did you find the gummy pumpkins? I can’t seem to find them. Thanks!

We got them from our local grocery store.

Love the idea of making this traditional STEM challenge seasonal! This will be great to do with my students the week of Halloween or the short week leading up to Thanksgiving! Thanks for sharing.


The Math Maniac

Can’t wait to see how your students projects turn out! Don’t forget to share with us!

This is so fun and such a great way to apply STEM! I am featuring this in a Halloween activity roundup on my blog this week

What didn’t work about the candy corn pumpkins? I’ve looked everywhere for the gummies and just ended up buying the candy corn kind.

The candy corn pumpkins just kept breaking. Hopefully you will have better luck. I’d love to see pics!

Great Idea!! I cannot wait to share this with my scouts at our next meeting.


Let us know how it turns out! Thanks for sharing!

I love your website! Thank you for all of the great ideas! I just tried the pumpkin building activity with the candy pumpkins and they did keep breaking… I can’t find the jelly pumpkins anywhere…. any suggestions?

Thanks so much!


Oh man, I am so sorry. We found ours in the halloween isle at the supermarket. They were near gumdrops. (Which might give you a clue what we will use for the next season!

Where can you buy the candy pumpkins? I am a librarian and I would love to do this with the kids, but I can’t find them anywhere! Any suggestions on what store/supermarket sells them?

I got them at the grocery store last year. I saw them there this year too!

Can you tell me if there is a good number of pumpkins & toothpicks to use for the experiment? I have a class of 26 kids.


You can limit the challenge to 10 toothpicks and 10 pumpkins each if you want. We like to try 10, then 20, then unlimited free play in a center. Hope that helps.

Would love to do this! Has anyone been able to find these pumpkins this year?

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Welcome back for another Saturday Science! Halloween and Fall are here. Yep, even though there is still time.. its in full force. Its in the stores, it on tv, and it all over Facebook and Pinterest. Knowing how much my kids love Halloween science experiments, we have been adding to the fun around here with more and more explorations. If you recall our outdoor tinkerlab and our marble run, you know just how much we love STEM activities around here. In fact, Legoman (age 9) thrives on it. This simple experiment was super fun. Both boys (ages 7 &9) loved creating and engineering, and building structures their own unique designs using candy pumpkins.


Have you ever seen the Marshmallow challenge? It’s one of my favorite STEM challenges around. That’s why I thought it would be really fun to take that challenge and make it seasonal.




Candy Pumpkins

Setup is super simple. I just put out a small bowl of pumpkins and a jar of toothpicks and let my kids go to town. I want to admit that we tried this with candy corn pumpkins (like the ones we dissolved in this experiment) but it didn’t work.

We had to go back to the drawing board and try something new.


For this experiment, I let the boys choose how they wanted to explore.

Option 1: build the tallest tower you can with a set number of toothpicks and candy pumpkins.

Option 2: build structures with candy pumpkins and toothpicks.

The boys both decided that for this first exposure, they wanted free building and engineering. I have to tell you, I was pretty impressed by their creations!

It’s funny, when you let the kids take the lead you might be surprised with what they design. In my head, we should definitely only build up and build towers, but Legoman (9) had different plans.

When he told me he wanted to make a pumpkin and a witches hat, I thought he was crazy. I even told him “that might be really hard.” Now I feel bad that I limited him. Look what he created!

As he built, he counted and measured, using tons of math without even realizing it. There was so much trial and error involved and was great for his scientific thinking.

Once he finished, he was so proud that he had created his pumpkin. He loved the way everything turned out and the shapes that he used to create it. Now, on to the next challenge… a witches hat.

One of the coolest things he realized is that he could not make a round object without changing the pattern on the base. He needed to make a square-triangle pattern.

When I asked him about it, he said “Look, if I make squares it just goes straight. If I want to turn it I have to do this pattern. It makes the edges round. “

Honestly, not sure I would have figured that out on my own. I love watching children think!

Building Towers with Candy Pumpkins

Now, on the flip-side my other son wanted to build towers. He started out with a different plan and thought he would just stick the sticks in the candies and see what happens.

After he played with the materials more, he realized that he could build a tower if he connected the candies with toothpicks and made squares.

” If I connect these like this they are stronger and won’t fall over.”

Then, more trial and error. The poor kid started having his tower fall over. He had to problem solve! That is when he decided to expand his base and make it wider at the bottom.

Presto! The tower was stronger.

Turning STEM into STEAM

The tradition “STEM” activity includes science, technology, engineering and math. However, if you add in some art, you now have STEAM. For this activity the boys decided it would be really cool to make “blueprints” of their structures. They also decided that their structures were art themselves.

As an extension, we have talked about recreating these models with clay and toothpicks to make them a little more permanent. Maybe this week we will try this!

Do you have a favorite Halloween or Fall Science Experiment? I would love to know! Connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Instagram or subscribe by email. I can’t wait to hear your ideas.

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Every Saturday we will get so many wonderful ideas linked up from around the web that we have decided we want to feature some of these great ideas. That’s why every Saturday, I will pick from the posts linked up and feature my absolute favorites. This might be a hard choice to make, luckily you can always head over to last week’s post and check out more great science resources!


Falling Leaf Science and Art | Fantastic Fun and Learning


Exploring Motors from Suzy Homeschooler

Tornado Bottle Weather Science Activity from Little Bins For Little Hands

5 Awesome Pumpkin Science Experiments For Kids from The Usual Mayhem

Saturday Science features Fall Science Activities from Stir the Wonder

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