# Math Games for Kids

Geometrical Toothpicks
Your kids can design a square and other shapes with geometrical toothpicks.

Build geometrical toothpicks and see how many shapes your children can make using toothpicks and modeling clay.

### What You'll Need:

• Plastic table covering
• Toothpicks
• Modeling clay

### How to Make Geometrical Toothpicks:

Step 1: Cover your children's work surface with a plastic table covering. Have your kids use the modeling clay to attach the ends of the toothpicks together. Can they create a triangle? A square? A rectangle? What about a dodecahedron? Or a geodesic?

Step 2: Try having them alter the shapes by varying the number of toothpicks that intersect at the clay corners in each shape. More toothpicks intersecting at the clay corners in a shape will create larger and rounder shapes.

Step 3: Have your children try to make a shape with three toothpicks intersecting at each clay corner, another with four, and another with five. They can use colored toothpicks to create more decorative geometric sculptures.

Keep reading to learn how your children can make shapes out of rubber bands and nails.