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Building with Toothpicks and Gumdrops

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I saw this on a preschool activity site, and saw a lot of therapy potential in it. You can have a client build their own designs and structures, or you could have them copy a design that you show them.

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This is a good activity that incorporates playing with food, and fine motor skills.

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You stick toothpicks into the gumdrops to create shapes. Putting in the toothpicks is great for developing the small intrinsic muscles of the fingers.

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Copying a shape is good for developing visual perceptual skills. It can be challenging to get the toothpicks going in the right direction.

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  • Gumdrops
  • Toothpicks


  • Fine motor
  • Finger strengthening
  • Visual perceptual

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Tonya is a pediatric Occupational Therapist, and loves creating things to work on skills and solve problems.

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  1. Works great with marshmallows, too. Looks more colorful with the gum drops though.

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