We really enjoyed building our Snow Igloo but sadly the white stuff doesn’t hang around for long does it? My boys enjoyed the whole igloo experience so much we decided to continue the fun and games in the house by making an Indoor Igloo! So many of us have play tents and tunnels for our little ones, it’s fun and easy to ring the changes and make them seasonal.
How To Make An Indoor Igloo For Imaginative Play
(We used plastic bags to make our igloo. Never leave your children or pets unattended with plastic bags. If you have an old fabric sheet you can draw on this would be preferable.)
- We put up their tent and play tunnel but bound the tunnel with string so that it would only open a short way.
- Then we covered it with a couple of white sheets and tucked them underneath.
- Next we cut the bottom off of 9 large white bin bags and cut through each one from top to bottom so that it could be opened up into a large rectangle.
- We laid the plastic sheets on to the floor and taped them together to make one large sheet.
- Then we draped the plastic sheet over the whole thing and again tucked under the edges and taped around the tunnel to hold it securely.
- Finally we drew on the bricks with permanent marker.
How The Children Benefit From Indoor Igloo Play
- Lots of opportunity to work together as a team and to discuss their ideas.
- Turn taking with the sticky taping and brick drawing.
- Developing their knowledge of shape and space as they deconstructed the bags, estimated how many they’d need and jigsawed them back together to make a larger shape.
- Lots of discussion about real igloos, climates and lifestyles in different parts of the world.
- Wonderful imaginative play. (Our coffee table got turned upside down to make a boat so they could sail out on icy waters to catch a seal for their dinner.)
- A lovely unexpected learning outcome was when the boys discovered that the cat Boris kept going in for a nap because it got really warm inside, so we learnt a lot about insulation and trapping warm air between thin layers too. I love it when you stumble onto some unexpected science. 🙂
(Do remember though to discuss the dangers of plastic bags with your children and never leave children or pets unattended with them.)