by Joann Pearson
of Michael’s Arts & Crafts Store
the Inuit word for house. The Eskimos traditionally had three types
of houses: a summer house, which was basically a tent, a winter
house, which was usually partially dug into the ground and covered
with earth; and a snow or ice house. The last was a dome-shaped
dwelling constructed of blocks of snow with a low tunnel entrance.
Although it can provide adequate protection for weeks in severe
cold, it was used almost exclusively as a temporary shelter while
You will need:
- Plaster tape roll
- 12” Balloon
- 3” Craft foam ball
- White glitter
- Plastic knife
- Paint brush
- Optional: mirror
1. Inflate balloon.
2. Cut a 12” piece of plaster tape roll. Immerse in
warm water and remove quickly. Wrap around balloon in center.
3. Continue to completely cover one half of the balloon with
pieces of plaster tape roll. Smooth as much as possible. Set
aside to dry.
4. Cut craft foam ball in half. When the wrapped balloon is
dry, glue half of the craft foam ball along bottom edge of
igloo to make a door. Cut small pieces of plaster tape roll.
Immerse in water and apply to craft foam door, attaching it
to the igloo.
5. With adult supervision, cut a small 2 inch hole in top
of igloo for ventilation.
6. Brush a light coat of glue over entire igloo and sprinkle
7. Place on mirror to resemble ice.
Rigid Wrap®; Beacon™ Kids Choice Glue™; Fiskars®
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