I remember last year when we were snowed in … in the Carolinas (a rare occasion!!). So… while I sat inside all cuddled up in my warm blanket with my hot chocolate, I sent Mickey out to build an igloo with the kids. Not to worry- I watched from the window & took pictures. haha!
Well, I put the picture of their finished igloo on Facebook for my friends & family and a lot of them asked how to build one, so I asked Mic to explain it so I could share it. If you ever wanted to know how to build an igloo out of snow … today you’ll learn. 🙂 (The kids LOVED this and played in it for days!!!)
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It was so much fun and our three boys really enjoyed playing in the snow (or should I say “our four boys really enjoyed playing in the snow”, since Mickey had as much fun as our kids did.) Allie went out for a little bit… but preferred to play ‘family’ inside with me. 🙂
When we heard that it was going to snow, we turned our weather forecast into a science and social studies lesson. Before they went out to build, I took an hour and taught the kids about igloos (I was a teacher, so I had some ideas already in mind). We read about how they are built, why they are used and where you can find them.
Of course, their interest was sparked, just as I had planned, and they wanted to build one!
How to build an igloo out of snow:
- First, you pack snow into ‘blocks’ and then move them into a circle (this will be your base)-
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- Be sure to make it 8 inches- 12 inches thick, for support.
- Start stacking it high & use snow to act like cement to pack it in.
- When you get to the top of the door, you need to use something to support more snow on top. My husband used a skateboard.
- you can also add a window half way up.
- Pack more snow on top of the wood or skateboard (whatever you used to support your roof).
- As you get to the top, start slanting it towards the center, gently & slowly.
- When you get to the top you can either use a circle sled or something and then put snow on top of this. He went inside & packed snow on this to fill in the gaps (again, acting like cement). Do this on the outside, too. Add enough snow to create a dome look.
- Supervise your kids when playing in it– Don’t let them play in it without you because when the snow starts to melt, this could fall apart (just wait until the snow does start to melt because this is when the REAL fun comes in and the kids get to knock it down.)
- The whole process was fun: building, playing it (we even ate snacks in there), and knocking it down.
Are you ready to play in the snow? Why not try painting the snow ~ your kids will love it!