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Why did Egyptians live in sun-dried brick homes? Step back in time to make this replica of a dwelling that was energy-efficient and environmentally friendly.
For thousands of years, homes in Egypt were built with sun-dried bricks. Mud taken from the bottom of the Nile River and grain husks were mixed and shaped. Bricks were dried in the sun until they became rock hard. Learn about these energy-efficient buildings and then create a replica (without the mud!).
Students measure, mark, and cut four pieces of cardboard for the sides of the house using a ruler, Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils, and Crayola Scissors. Cut another larger piece of cardboard for a base and outdoor area.
Flatten brown Crayola Model Magic to form the brick sides. If you have white Model Magic, create brown rubbing in dye from a Crayola Washable Marker. Knead and add more marker color until you get the shade you want.
Attach Model Magic slabs to the cardboard with Crayola School Glue. With a craft stick, etch horizontal and vertical lines in the Model Magic to resemble bricks. Add windows and doors by etching them or pressing on other Model Magic colors. Damp Model Magic sticks to itself.
Use more Model Magic, and glue if needed, to attach the four sides of the house to each other. Glue the house to the large piece of cardboard. To create a roof, glue together craft sticks (you can color them with marker if you wish). Air-dry the roof and then place it on top of your house. Create other items for the house including the people!
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