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Sugar Cubes
(one box = one igloo)
Cardboard
White Glue
White Paint
Fun ideas for enhancing your lessons on the Inuit tribes of North America.  These are great for children of all ages and
you'll find recommended reading to pair alongside the themed activities.  We made an
Inuit Lapbook and a few Arctic
File Folder Games to go alongside our learning!  
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These igloos are not only fun to build, they are
sweet to the taste as well! the time to build a
layer and give the igloo time to dry.  the exact
way to build an igloo, but my children had a
blast.  Older children can certainly try to use the
methods explained in the
book, and the video.
Arctic Animals Art for Kids
Look Inside an Igloo
Stunning artwork, the author's memories
of life in the Arctic and information about
many of the featured animals make My
Arctic 1, 2, 3 the perfect book for
families to share and cherish. You can
count on it!s
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My Arctic 1,2,3
Look Inside an Igloo is a Capstone
Press publication. 24 Pages, Ages 4+
Click Here
Step 1
Cover your cardboard with white paint.  
(If you're feeling  extra crafty use
Puffy
Paint,
Step 3
Draw out the shape of your igloo.  Try to
get it a circle, you can use a plate or
upside down cup.  Don't forget a
doorway.
certainly do a complete circle and try
cutting out a door later.
Step 2
Pour your sugar cubes into a dish for
easy access.
Step 5
When you start you're second layer you
want to build a little bit inwards so that
eventually you're igloo will come
together.
Step 4
Put down a layer of glue along your igloo
shape, and begin to build your igloo.
Step 7
At some point you'll need to let your
layers dry.  When we got to the forth
layer we decided to let it rest for the
night.
Step 6
Continue to build up and in, being
careful.  If you can stagger the cubes a
bit it will be somewhat sturdier.  
All Done!
When dry you can add to your Arctic
scene by filling up the cardboard area.  
Maybe making an Inuit family, an ice
fishing hole, various animals outside....it's
up to you!
Step 8
As we added each additional layer, we
let it dry overnight, using glue bottles
and other household tools as props.
  • Talk with children about the
    construction of the igloo.  What shape
    is it?  What is it made of?  Ask them to
    think about how it is made, and how it
    works?  Brainstorm with them about
    how a family could stay warm inside.
  • Learn that the Inuit tribes used the word
  • Here is a ten minute film called, "How
    to Build an Igloo," that lets you get a
    quick peek into the construction of an
    igloo.  This is a bit of an older video.
  • During the video take note of the
    specific reasons that the igloo makes a
    good dwelling place for people living in
    the Arctic.