Israelites Make Bricks
After reading this story, we make some small bricks. If the children are old enough, I let them put the mold together. Then they can get some straw that I obtained from a local rancher and some Play Doh to make their bricks. (The bricks need several days to dry.) Some will complain about how pokey the straw is when they were forming their bricks. Some will take a long time to finish because they are being so careful. All of the many things that happen while making the bricks become object lessons and further discussion for the story.
Instructions for making the brick molds:
- At a local craft store, purchase these craft sticks that have the grooves in them (like the middle picture).
- For smaller bricks (approx. 1 inch by 1 inch), break two craft sticks in half. Connect the four craft sticks like the first picture.
- For larger bricks, do not break the craft sticks. Just connect them similar to the top picture.
Instructions for making the bricks:
- I typically take the time to make (cook) homemade Play Doh using the recipe below because it works the best. Regular Play Doh will work but tends to crack too much for me.
3 cups flour
1 1/2 cups salt
6 tsp cream of tarter
3 Tbsp oil
3 cups water
Place all of the ingredients in a large pot. Stir constantly over medium heat until a dough ball forms by pulling away from the sides. Knead dough until the texture matches the consistency of a soft play dough (1-2 minutes). Store in plastic container or in a Ziploc bag in the refrigerator. The play doh should last for about 3 months.