Therapy Activity: 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.

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

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

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


  • Gumdrops
  • Toothpicks


  • Fine motor
  • Finger strengthening
  • Visual perceptual
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