Toothpick STEM Structures


Help kids develop abstract thinking, design and build skills, 2d and 3d shape recognition and shape knowledge with these 24 toothpick STEM structure cards. The STEM structure cards are perfect for engineers from preschool to second grade!

Just grab a box of toothpicks and a container of playdough and you’re ready to start problem solving.

(You can even switch out the playdough for jelly beans, marshmallows or gumdrops to add a fun, seasonal twist.)

After building each shape, children take their learning one step further and label the number of vertices and edges.



–> (14) 2-dimensional challenge cards

–> (10) 3-dimensional challenge cards

–> (2) record sheets with answer keys

–> A build your own picture challenge for kids who are ready to be stretched.

Bundle the cards with ALL of our STEM challenges and save HERE!


“This is by far one of our favorite resources to use with our pre-K homeschooler. Not only is it educational, but it also sparks her creativity. She always ends up creating her own structures after following the cards. I also love that the difficulty increases incrementally, so she can feel successful instead of frustrated. Great product.” – Firefly and Fairy

“Loved this and so did my kids! I showed the card through Zoom and we created together. We talked about how many sides.” – Shelly Y.

“I bagged up gumdrops and toothpicks and distributed them to my kids during a packet pickup at school. I placed the model cards in out google classroom and the kids built to their hearts’ content during asynchronous learning time as an ending to our shapes unit. They loved it!” – Micheal D.

“I used these for my formal observation activity, it was such a success! Students loved building the structures and it provided a visual for students that needed differentiation. Thank you! ” – Mrs. Knez Teaches Third