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Questions to Ask
Where do we see bricks? What do you think bricks are made of? What
shapes are they? How do they get to be a certain shape? What could
you build with bricks?
Clay is made up of very fine flat mineral particles of earth. When
wet, the tiny particles stick and the clay becomes soft and pliable.
When the clay dries, the clay particles stay together and the clay
becomes very hard.
To explore clay
What You Need Paper milk carton
Ice cube tray or something else to use as a mold
Cut up straw or dry grass
What to Do
Have the children place the soil in the mold and add a little
water. Then they can stir the mixture with sticks and continue
mixing while adding just enough water to make it thick. Next they
should add the dry grass to the mixture and tap the mold to compress
the mud. To bake their bricks, put them in a warm, sunny place.
What do the children think will happen to the bricks?
When they are hard and dry, the children can peel away the carton
or pop the bricks out of the tray.
Ask them to try building something with their bricks. What might
they use as mortar to help stick the bricks together?
Brick: A molded rectangular block of clay baked by the sun or
in a kiln until hard.
Clay: A kind of soil made up of very fine, flat mineral particles
that stick together.
Compress: To press together
Mold: A hollow form in which something is shaped. The cartons
or ice cube tray are the molds for this activity.
What types of molds would you need to make a house, a car, a tower?
What would you use to make a bridge?
How would you use 10 paper cup molds? What could you build?
Try painting your completed structures.
You might want to dramatize The Three Little Pigs.
Discuss the different materials the children would like to use
for the houses. Which material would create the strongest
*Clay is made of very fine, flat particles that stick together.
To test soil for clay, take a handful and squeeze it. If it holds
its shape, it has clay particles in it.