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. Make a ‘Soil Test’ by mixing some soil with water in a jar. A few minutes later you can see what your soil contains.

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. Add water...and straw to the soil...

...with the help of their 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.

The children 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 are a lot of fun but also require 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 can be made with branches. A piece of nylon will make sure that the house is protected against rain.

A layer of hessian covers the nylon and with some straw the children can decorate their Adobe House.

Every new house deserves a BIG opening celebration! Creating the invitations is the duty of the children as well.

You can decorate the house with balloons and a red ribbon and the Housewarming Party can now start.