G is for gumdrops in pre-kindergarten

Yesterday, I shared with you how the children enjoyed making AB patterns with gumdrops for the letter “Gg” week in pre-kindergarten. Another activity the pre-kindergarten children loved was making gumdrop sculptures and designs…

The teacher set out a bunch of gumdrops and toothpicks.  Other than showing the children how they can connect two gumdrops together with the toothpicks, there were no other instructions involved. The children just went to work…

It was such a pleasure observing the children work with the gumdrops. The children ended up with all kinds of wonderful designs…

And the children stayed engaged for a very long time.  This little boy told me he was making lollipops. He just kept putting one toothpick in each gumdrop and setting on his paper plate then he would do it again. In the end, he decided he wanted to taste one but when he went to bite it, the toothpick broke off into the gumdrop. This really surprised him and me – so I suggested to just eat a gumdrop or two that hadn’t been part of our play and didn’t have any toothpicks in them and he happily obliged!

This was not only a creative experience but this was also a great work out for our fine motor skills!

Some of the children kept their gumdrop creations on the paper plates – working within the boundary of their paper plates….

Other children quickly opted to get rid of the paper plate and spread out across the table…

Some of the children (like the little boy with the lollipops) preferred to work alone and others enjoyed collaborating with each other…

As the gumdrop designs or sculptures began to take shape, many of the children began to give their creations a name like “lollipop, necklace, stars, ferris wheel!”  I just preferred to call them all AMAZING!!

By |2010-10-24T06:00:23+00:00October 24th, 2010|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Dawna Nifong October 24, 2010 at 3:04 pm - Reply

    Good morning,
    I recently made name books, as seen on your site, for my Pre K students. We have used them only twice during free choice time, but I am amazed at the interest in their names. Many have begun to write their whole first name, something they had not tried before the books. I also love the gum drop idea. I have taught for many years, but have been out of the classroom for 5. Thanks so much for the multitude of ideas you share.

    • Deborah J. Stewart October 24, 2010 at 11:27 pm - Reply

      That is awesome!! I have come to realize that our names are our such a part of who we are that we want to see our names in print. It makes us feel valued and proud. So children will try to write their names above any other word to begin with because it is valuable and meaningful to them. I like to play games and do as many name type activities as I can to capitalize in a fun and productive way on incorporating the children’s name throughout the curriculum.

  2. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog October 25, 2010 at 2:03 am - Reply

    Love the colors — and it looks like so much fun! We’ve done this with marshmallows before, but I love the gumdrops even better. 🙂

  3. V.Kerr October 25, 2010 at 3:31 am - Reply

    Great idea! I’m excited to do this one once we do Gg.

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