I was saving this fun little activity using Dots and toothpicks to construct all sorts of interesting things until summer - - but Friday, my boys were out of school for an unused snow day and I got desperate. I ran to Dollar Tree for a few packages of Dots and some toothpicks and put the boys to work.
This kept them busy for more than an hour. They constructed, deconstructed, and constructed again. When I asked them if they wanted to do this activity again during summer break, I got a big, wholehearted Y-E-S!!
**I have also seen this activity done using mini marshmallows in place of the Dots. It would probably work just as well and it would be even cheaper.