How to Make a Brick for a School Project

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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.

Things You'll Need

  • For Mesopotamian bricks:
  • Mold
  • 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
  • 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.

Tips & Warnings

  • 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.

References

  • Photo Credit mud bricks image by Bohanka from Fotolia.com
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