The endless possibilities of construction fascinate many young children. This fun-filled building activity from The Budding Builder is sure to ensure that your children have a blast while also developing important life skills, such as planning, estimating, counting, and measuring.

Building an Igloo

Can you make a curved building out of blocks? People who build ice igloos do! So, summon your inner Eskimo with this exciting activity:

What You Will Need:

  • Large pieces of Styrofoam
  • Masking tape
  • Pictures of different types of homes, including igloos

What to Do:

  1. Look at pictures of different types of homes that people live in around the world. Compare the houses in hot and cold places. Now find a picture of an igloo, and look at how it is made. Would you like to live in an igloo?
  2. Ahead of time, ask an adult to collect large pieces of Styrofoam packing (the kind that is used for shipping) and to cut the pieces into sections to resemble large blocks of ice.
  3. Arrange the Styrofoam pieces into the shape of an igloo. Think about how you will get into and out of the igloo once it is built, and leave a doorway. Make the igloo large enough for you to be able to crawl inside and sit.
  4. Use masking tape to hold the Styrofoam pieces together.

Try This!

Use the igloo to provide the basis for dramatic play. What will you use for food? How will you sleep? What kind of clothing will you need?


For more great ways to take ideas for the limitless imaginations of young children and fashion them into reality, check out The Budding Builder (available in both paperback and eBook formats from Kaplan Early Learning Company).