Marshmallow igloos are a cute, fun craft for a winter activity. Suitable for a preschool centre, a snowy day at home or something fun for even a young girl or Cub Scouts, these little homes can be made to keep or made entirely edible. A simpler version for younger kids is available, and the materials are basic. Whatever the reason you are sure to have a "sweet" time making these adorable little igloos.
Draw a circle in the centre of a foam plate by tying a pencil to a piece of string. The string should be 3 to 6 inches in diameter. Usually 4 inches is ideal for the igloo's stability. Tack the string in the centre of the foam plate. Rotate the pencil, drawing a circle as you go. Remember, the larger the igloo the more marshmallows it will take to build and the harder it will be to make it stand.
Remove the pin and pencil, and begin by spreading a small amount of frosting on one flat bottom end of a marshmallow. If you desire you can use large ones at the base then smaller at the top, or all large or all small marshmallows. The only construction that doesn't work well is small at the bottom with large on top. Stick a ring of marshmallows on the circle you marked, frosting side down, as evenly and neatly as possible.
Build a second ring on top of the first by frosting the bottom flat end, and then a dab on each curved side of the marshmallow where it will sit next to others on the igloo. This glues them together top to bottom and on the sides. Set your second row of marshmallows about 1/4 of the distance inside the bottom one. This also reduces the number of marshmallows in each ring as you go, creating the dome of the igloo.
Continue stacking rings and creating your dome until you reach the centre marshmallow at the top. Place this one carefully so you don't push the dome down as you complete the igloo. Add a door-like tunnel to the front if you wish by placing a short row of marshmallows at one bottom side of the igloo, two or three marshmallows straight out. Stack two more rows on top of them using same method as with the igloo, leaving the front open for the door. Make a top centre row for a roof to the tunnel.
Cut apples or oranges in half to serve as a base for the igloo. This should be done by an adult in preparation for the craft.
Place the halved fruit down on a white foam plate, spreading a small amount of peanut butter on the bottom with the plastic knife before sticking it down. The child can do this if they are capable.
Using the plastic knife, have the child cover the outside of the fruit with a layer of peanut butter. Depending on the child's age he may require some help with this step.
Cover the peanut butter coated fruit with the marshmallows to resemble a small igloo. The snack can be eaten once finished.