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 Fotolia.com)

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.

Skill level:
Easy

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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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Instructions

  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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