In the northern regions of North America, the Inuit people build igloos, which are dwellings constructed out of blocks of snow and ice. If you are teaching your students about different regions of the world, it can be exciting for your students to construct an Inuit igloo out of marshmallows. In order to successfully construct a marshmallow igloo, it is helpful to follow a few basic steps that will ensure that the structure will function properly.
Cut a piece of cardboard to measure 6 inches square. Draw a circle on the cardboard to serve as the igloo's base shape.
Place a dollop of craft glue onto the bottom of a small marshmallow and then place the marshmallow onto the cardboard. Place the first marshmallow on the circle you drew.
Repeat this process with other marshmallows. Place them onto the cardboard in a circle.
Apply a dollop of glue onto the bottom of another marshmallow. Place the marshmallow on the crack between two of the marshmallows that are already glued to the cardboard.
Repeat this process with more marshmallows, effectively creating a second row of marshmallow bricks all the way around the circle.
Continue adding more rows, which will progressively get smaller and smaller as you add more marshmallows to the cracks.
Glue a marshmallow onto the top of the igloo to close it in, if there is an opening at the top of the igloo once all rows are completed.
Allow the glue to dry completely.
Use a knife to cut a small door into one side of the igloo and then display your creation.
Things you need
- Cardboard, 6 inches square
- 30 to 50 small marshmallows
- Craft glue