If you're not sure what a termite mound is, see exhibit A:
It might sound a bit weird, if you think about what you're working with. But if you don't think about it, it's just like normal dirt! We broke the mound into small pieces of dirt and added water to make a clay/mud. Then, we tried to make Stonehenge on our paper plates like what we've seen pictures of!
Some turned out better than others, but my kindergartners had fun playing with the mud and trying their hand at sculpture! It's definitely a great sensory experience!
I recommend doing this activity OUTSIDE because it is MESSY! But, the neat thing is, once you're done building your sculpture, and you let it sit in the sun for a day, it becomes as hard as a rock! Quite the interesting material, huh?! ;)
My students really enjoyed the hands-on experience of making these Stonehenge models! It's a cheap, easy alternative that is a little wacky, but works! What wacky materials have you used recently?
One of the plans I have for my blog is to have lots of these "alternative materials" ideas for those who don't have access to all kinds of materials! So, if you're a teacher living in a developing country like me, subscribe and keep reading!
Much Love, Allie