When studying an ancient culture, it is helpful to learn about the different types of dwellings people lived in. One way to do this is to construct a miniature display featuring a type of dwelling made by an ancient society. For example, when learning about Native Americans, you can construct an Indian hut, or wigwam, using a few basic items that can be found lying around your house or inside your classroom.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Tacky glue
- Yoghurt cup
- Pruning shears
Place a sheet of cardboard onto a flat surface, such as a desk or countertop. Select whatever size sheet you prefer for your project.
Apply a line of tacky glue around the rim of an empty, clean yoghurt container. If you want the Indian hut to be large, select a 907gr yoghurt container. If you want the hut to be smaller, select a single-serving-sized yoghurt container. Press the yoghurt container onto the cardboard with the glued side facing down. Hold the container in place for two to three minutes so the glue can dry.
Hold a stick against the side of the yoghurt container to measure its height. Cut the stick to the height of the yoghurt container using pruning shears. Use the cut stick as a guide to cut 20 to 30 more sticks of the same height.
Apply tacky glue around the outside surface of the yoghurt container. Press the cut sticks vertically against the container, holding each stick in place for two to three minutes so the glue can dry. Be sure to cover the entire outside surface of the container with vertical sticks.
Apply tacky glue around the top rim of the yoghurt container. Arrange 4-inch pieces of straw around the glued rim, with the middle of the straw pieces resting against the glue. This will cause the straw to be positioned at an angle. All of the ends will meet in a point in the centre of the yoghurt container. Squeeze a pea-sized dollop of tacky glue onto the middle peak. Then hold the form in place for two to three minutes to let the glue dry.
Tips and warnings
- Make a few Indian huts to create a village on the cardboard.
- Glue dried moss or dirt onto the cardboard to make the scene more authentic-looking.
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