Building an Adobe House with Pre-school children
Before you buy any kind of clay and soil which contains clay, please explore what kind of soil you have around your school together with the children. Get a ‘Soil Test’ done by mixing some soil with water in a jar. A few minutes later you can see what your soil contains. A well prepared outdoor area is necessary for a smooth project.
You need: soil which is sticky (contains clay)...short straw...water.
If you like, you can use any type of containers to form 3D shapes for clay bricks. Make sure the soil does not contain any stones or other dangerous materials. Ad water...and straw to the soil...
...with the help of your feet...
..and hands mix the mud very well until it all becomes one sticky Mudpie! It is nice to offer the children a bowl with water to wash their hands and feet.
You can design the bricks in endless ways. All 3D shapes are possible and of course you can freely design sculptures as well.
Once all bricks are dry, the children will carry them to the construction area. The single bricks will be glued together with additional mud (earth-straw-water mixture)
Building a wall needs lots of team work: carrying the bricks and placing them on the wall is a lot of fun but also a lot of hard work! Children will use their hands and feet in order to build a strong wall.
A Magic Window can be placed in the wall. A great contrast to the rough mud!
The wall is built and a space for the entrance has been left open.
The roof construction is done with branches . A piece of nylon will make sure that the house is protected against rain.
A layer of hessian (Jüt) covers the nylon and with some straw the children decorate their Adobe House.
Every new house deserves a BIG opening celebration! Creating the invitations is the duty of the children as well.
Decorated with balloons and a red ribbon, the House Warming Party can now start. Ready to Play in the Adobe House!