Building with sugar cubes - a sweet and colorful STEM activity

February 7, 2019

Last year during the Warsaw Book Fair we participated in an architecture workshop for children. My boys really liked the idea, so we decided to recreate it at home.

building with sugar cubes
building with sugar cubes
building with sugar cubes
building with sugar cubes

Materials needed:

  • sugar cubes
  • liquid glue - the lady at the workshop had a special glue for wood - thick and drying fast; we used the standard PVA glue we had at home (next time I’ll definitely look for the dry fast one)
  • food coloring or liquid watercolor
  • bowls or jars for the colored water
  • pipettes
  • optional: knife or cutter, embellishments (craft foam shapes, beads, sequins, etc.)

The idea is straightforward - to create different sculptures or buildings using sugar cubes as bricks.

building with sugar cubes

My kids started the activity rather timidly, as if they have never built with blocks before (yeah, right?). But after the brick-shape-building was done, they unleashed their imagination creating little towns, monuments, fountains, benches, and more.

building with sugar cubes
building with sugar cubes
building with sugar cubes
building with sugar cubes
building with sugar cubes
building with sugar cubes
building with sugar cubes
building with sugar cubes
building with sugar cubes
building with sugar cubes
building with sugar cubes
building with sugar cubes
building with sugar cubes

Since we used regular PVA glue, we had to wait a lot until it dried. We had to handle everything with exceptional care as sometimes we used way too little glue, so the sugar bricks were a bit loose here and there.

On the following day, we added the coloring touch to the sculptures. I prepared 5 jars of colored water (water + food coloring) with jumbo pipettes we have. This part is a bit tricky because if you use too much water in one place, the sugar will start to dissolve creating a happy mess.

building with sugar cubes
building with sugar cubes
building with sugar cubes
building with sugar cubes
building with sugar cubes
building with sugar cubes
building with sugar cubes
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