We're going to be working with gumdrops, so no doubt a few will find their way
past your lips. And that's OK: sweets are sweet! But for your main snack today,
let's make something kind of wacky out of foods that are better for you than
gumdrops. We all know about using gumdrops to decorate gingerbread men cookies.
They make great eyes or buttons. Well, let's make a sugar-free gingerbread man
- out of vegetables! No gumdrops or other sweets involved. Take a clean plate
and have vegetables on hand with a cutting board and a sharp knife. Use adult
supervision for the knife if necessary. Here are some ideas: Cut slices of
potato or jicama for the body so that they'll lie flat and you can put more
body parts on . . . shredded carrot for the hair? . . . raisins for the eyes? .
. . fresh peas for the buttons? . . . celery slices for the arms and legs . . .
you get the idea. Now run, run, as fast as you can - you CAN catch him - he's
the Vegetable Man!
A sack of gumdrops (small or
mini-size) | Toothpicks
Paper plates or napkins
is the sweetest math. That's because it takes shape before your very eyes. It
doesn't just lie flat on the paper, like other kinds of math. It can feed your
sweet tooth, too, if you make shapes in with gumdrop geometry!
gumdrops and toothpicks or skewers to form the following geometric shapes. Most
should lie flat, although there are a few at the end which will be
three-dimensional, like a gumdrop-toothpick sculpture.
OK to break the toothpicks or skewers into different lengths.
you think you might eat these later, you'd better work on paper towels or paper
plates. But it's not OK to eat the gumdrops . . . until you've shown off
fun, and build these shapes:
Shape Number of Sides
Isosceles Triangle 3
(2 the same length
Equilateral Triangle 3 (all the same length)
Scalene Triangle 3
(all different lengths)
sides, 2 equal lengths
2 more equal lengths
sides, all equal lengths
equal sides, diamond shape,
not right angles
sides with 2 parallel and not
same length, and the
= "three-dimensional" -
solid form, not a flat one;
base is a polygon = any
of sides, but the
are triangles that
at a point at the top
3-D figure with 6 equal squares
grand finale! This is a 3-D
with five faces:
include a "tent card"
3 triangles for the sides and
triangles for the "end caps,"
a "prism," with 3 long
for the sides and two
triangles for the "end caps"