Bricks for school can be made in many ways. Two popular bricks to make for school projects are Mesopotamian bricks and play dough bricks. The Mesopotamian bricks take several days and use several ingredients, while the play dough bricks take just a few hours and three ingredients.
- For Mesopotamian bricks:
- Shoebox, checkbook box or a similar box
- Wax paper
- Ingredients for bricks: dirt, sand, grass, weeds, straw, flour and water
- Plastic bucket or old pan
You may have to experiment with ingredient amounts to get the consistency needed. Brick mixture needs to be sticky enough to mold firmly.
Do not allow children or pets to eat brick mixture.
Line the box bottom and sides with wax paper. This will allow you to easily remove the brick when it hardens.
Mix the brick ingredients in bucket or pan until the mixture sticks together. You may have to add additional ingredients if the mixture is too runny or too sticky.
Pack the box firmly with the mixture. keeping the wax paper between the box and the brick material.
Step 4: Put the brick in a warm place for three to five days until the brick is dry. Do not cover the box, as this will trap the moisture in the mixture and prevent it from drying completely.
Carefully remove the brick from the box by turning the box over on a flat surface. You may need to gently insert a table knife between the box and the wax paper.
Remove the wax paper.
If the mixture is still damp, re-wrap the brick in wax paper and return it to the box to continue drying.
Check the box again in two or three days.
Things You'll Need
- You may have to experiment with ingredient amounts to get the consistency needed. Brick mixture needs to be sticky enough to mold firmly.
- Do not allow children or pets to eat brick mixture.
About the Author
Cheryl Carpinello has taught high school English for 20 years. Her writing instruction has included analytical essays, persuasive essays, and major persuasive research papers. She has also published a middle grade novel, "Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend," which introduces young readers to Arthurian Legend.
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