It's hard for most people in modern times to imagine the idea of living in an igloo, however, the native people of Alaska used to dwell in these structures of ice. Learning about the traditional Inuit way of life stimulates the imaginations of children and takes them to a time and place unfamiliar. While Inuit people traditionally built igloos from blocks of snow, children can build craft projects using common household materials. Alaskan Inuit igloos can also be a topic for school projects and presentations.
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Build an igloo using a foam tray, foam cup, mini-marshmallows and glue. If you want to keep the option of eating the project later you can use white icing instead of the glue. Prepare for the project by cutting the top 2 inches of the cup away. Turn the cup over so the bottom faces upward and glue it to the foam tray. Glue the marshmallows in a circular pattern starting at the base of the cup and working your way to the top. To make the igloo door, stack some marshmallows on top of each other near the base of the cup.
Doing a report on Alaskan Inuit igloos may be an option. Focus on a number of aspects including the history of the igloo, how an igloo is built and what life inside an igloo was like. Look for pictures of the Inuit people building the igloos for an interesting look back in history. Copy or print the pictures for inclusion in the school project. Consider drawing a diagram of an Inuit igloo as well.
Sugar Cube Igloo
Building an igloo out of sugar-cubes can be a useful addition to a school project on Alaskan Inuit life or an enjoyable craft project on its own. You can create an entire winter diorama in which to place the igloo. Start by making the mortar to hold the cubes together. Mix two egg whites and 3 cups of confectioners' sugar. Place a cardboard cutout circle onto the surface where you'll build. Make the circle at least 6 inches in diameter. Attach a layer of sugar cubes to the base of the circle and build up the igloo by gradually decreasing the circumference with each group of cubes. You may opt to build an arched entryway to the igloo as well. Once the mortar is dry and everything is in place, put it onto a layer of cardboard and sprinkle with sugar or fake snow. Place animals and models of Inuit people around the igloo for a more authentic feel.
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