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Igloos

This past winter in Wonderworks, we decided it would be appropriate to do a theme on Igloos.

After opening with our Energy song, we asked the children what they knew about igloos.  We asked if they thought it would be easy or hard to make an igloo, if it would take a long time, where igloos were made.

We read the book Building an Igloo, by Ulli Stelzer and then showed them a brief YouTube video on the iPad of a man teaching his son how to make an igloo.

building igloo

When we’d finished reading the book and viewing the video, we asked the children the same questions that we had asked earlier to see if they had changed their opinions or learned anything new about the art of igloo building.

We then listened to and acted out the song, Let’s Play in the Snow, by Rachel Buchman. This is a wonderfully fun and imaginative (not to mention, silly) song about dressing up and going out to play in the snow.

Let’s Play in the Snow, by Rachel Buchman

Another good song/activity for this theme that we had in our plans but didn’t have time to do (but perhaps you might) is one that’s sung to the tune of All Around the Mulberry Bush.
Feel free to add as many verses as you’d like.

Song: This is the Way We Build an Igloo

This is the way we pack the snow

pack the snow, pack the snow,

this is the way we pack the snow,

when we build our igloo.

This is the way we cut the snow…

This is the way we lift the blocks…

This is the way we cut the door….

etc…

After our song, we read our picture book.  For this theme, we chose Jan Brett’s The Three Snow Bears, a version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.  The children loved Brett’s retelling of the familiar story of The Three Bears set in a polar igloo.

snow bears

Before moving on to our last activity, and because it’s one of the children’s favorites, we did Dr. Jean’s song, The Cool Bear Hunt.  This version of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt never fails to entertain our eager group.

For our activity, we constructed marshmallow igloos.  For this, we required a few bags of mini marshmallows, some tacky glue, some Styrofoam plates and some paper plates.  We passed out foam bowls (with openings that we had pre-cut) to the children upside down on paper plates with some tacky glue squirted on each child’s plate.  The children could then dip the marshmallows into the glue on their plate and add them to their bowls to make igloos. I am delighted to say each child completed his/her own igloo with little to no assistance whatsoever from accompanying adults.

igloos

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