Make Mud Brick Buildings
Young kids love the tactility of mud, and chances are your preschooler has already gotten into his fair share of mud adventures. Why not join in the fun (and make it educational while you're at it)? Make mud bricks with your child and teach him about this important building material and the ancient cultures that used it. Encourage your child to imagine what it was like building with bricks in ancient Egypt or Rome, and maybe even build a pyramid! This activity is especially good for kinesthetic learners who benefit from hands-on projects.
Here's a useful tip: when making the bricks, add a little plaster of Paris to the mud mixture to help it hold together better. Experiment by adding a little plaster at a time until the mud mixture reaches a good consistency.
What You Need:
- Plastic bucket
- Muffin tins or ice cube trays
- Rocks, stones, or gravel
- Sticks and weeds
- Plaster of Paris or mud (for "cementing" the bricks together)