Kid's Activity: Live Like the Eskimos! Let's Build an Igloo!

by Melissa Jaramillo and Julie Snyder

During your visit to the library try picking up a book about igloos and Eskimos. Children of all ages are fascinated by the lifestyles of these nomadic peoples. One good choice is The Igloo, by Charlotte and David Yue. Discuss the culture, hunting, cooking, clothing, toys, and more - of course with attention to their homes of igloos!

Now you are ready to begin to build your own igloo!

Materials needed:
• 7 - inch cardboard circle
• Sugar cubes
• Mortar (see recipe below)
• Optional: Decorations - miniature flags,
   snowmen, polar bears figurines, etc.

Prepare mortar recipe:
Mix 2 egg whites with 3 cups of confectioner's sugar. Make sure to blend well.

Begin your igloo by placing a base layer around the 7 inch circle. Spread "mortar" on the top of your "bricks" before setting in place. Be sure to leave a space open for the entrance! Apply subsequent layers, one row at a time -- again remembering to place mortar on the top (not on the row already in place.) Be sure to work alternately left and right from the entrance toward the back of the igloo and stagger the cubes the way a builder lays bricks. Build a total of 10 layers, stopping halfway through the construction to let the igloo dry. Make the arch and roof separately, working on a flat surface. When they are dry, glue them in place. Allow the igloo to dry completely, then sprinkle heavily with sugar to create a "blizzard" effect!

Finally, you can decorate your igloo with your optional items to create the perfect winter snow scene!

Julie Snyder is a mom of six, interested in kids, pregnancy, birth, people and lives in the outlying Seattle area. Melissa Jaramillo is mom to many. She's passionate about building, encouraging, and strengthening families on this adventure known as parenthood!

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