How to Build a Wigwam Model

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How to Build a Wigwam Model
Kids can learn about wigwams by making a model of one. (stone building in the south america image by Galyna Andrushko from

When teaching young children about American history, your lessons can be more effective by organising hands-on activities for the children to take part in that are related to the lessons. For instance, you can help the children make models of a wigwam, which is a type of Native American house. You can make a wigwam model using natural materials like moss and craft materials like craft sticks and a foam sphere.

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Things you need

  • Cardboard
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue stick
  • Florist foam sphere, 6 inches wide
  • Craft sticks
  • Moss

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  1. 1

    Cut a sheet of cardboard to measure 12 inches square.

  2. 2

    Hot glue a 6-inch florist foam sphere onto the middle of the cardboard.

  3. 3

    Squeeze hot glue in a line onto a craft stick, and press the stick upright against the sphere.

  4. 4

    Repeat this process around the entire circumference of the sphere, except for a space for a door. This will complete the outside walls of the wigwam. The top of the florist foam should be sticking up out of the walls.

  5. 5

    Hot glue dried craft moss onto the top of the wigwam. Use a significant amount of moss to cover the florist foam sphere completely. Let the hot glue cool before displaying the wigwam model.

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