## Gumdrop Solids

This is a nice little video demonstrating how to use gumdrops and toothpicks to create Platonic Solids.

http://www.youtube.com/v/5QgIJOy7T7Y

A **Platonic Solid** is basically the 3-dimensional version of a **regular polygon**. A regular polygon is a 2-dimensional figure whose sides and angles are all congruent. A **Platonic Solid** is a 3-dimensional figure whose **faces** are all congruent, and the faces are put together at every **vertex** in the same way.

The most common example is the **cube**: it has six identical **faces **(squares), and each vertex is formed by putting three squares together at right angles to each other.

Quite remarkably, there are only **five** Platonic Solids: the **tetrahedron**, the **cube**, the **octahedron**, the **icosahedron**, and the **dodecahedron**. There are many other solids with interesting properties, but only five that satisfy the above conditions.

Our video-maker wasn’t ambitious enough to construct a **dodecahedron**. Or maybe she just didn’t have enough gumdrops.

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Looks delicious. I could imagine making this, walking out the room, then coming back to finding nothing but toothpicks.

I wonder what platonic solid could be created that is composed out of the combination of the four platonic solids provided in the image of the above article.