If you run a childcare program, here are two fun igloo food activities that you can do with the children in your care. Each of these fun food activities plays on the ideas of snow and wintertime and can easily be incorporated into a learning unit about winter weather.
#1: Marshmallow Igloo
If you are reading books about playing in the snow, building igloos, or living in different types of houses, this can be a great food activity tie-in to what you are learning about.
For this activity, you are going to want to take apples and cut them in half before you start the activity with the children. You can also use oranges instead.
Give each child a place with a piece of fruit on it, with the flat side facing down. Explain to the kids that the apple is going to be the base of your igloo and will support the structure that you are building on top of it.
Next, allow each student to cover the top of their apple with either frosting or marshmallow fluff. Explain to your students that the frosting or marshmallow fluff is going to help everything stick together.
Then, have your students cover the outside of the igloo with mini-marshmallows, and explain how the mini-marshmallows are like the ice blocks used to build real igloos.
You can get a little more creative with this project if you want. You can provide teddy grahams or gummy bears to represent the people living in the igloo. You can use shaved coconut to create snow on the ground around the igloo.
Talk to your students about what it would be like to build a real igloo as you work on this project, and allow your students to get a little creative with it.
#2: Igloo Blocks
For this activity, you are first going to want to read a book and discuss with your students how Eskimos would build bricks out of the ice and snow or cut bricks out of ice and then use these bricks to make their igloo.
Next, explain to your students that they are going to get to make their own igloo block. Have them pick out a favorite flavor of juice, and then pour that juice into an ice-cube tray. Then, have each student write their name on a stick and decorate it. Put the sticks into the tray.
Finally, take the tray outside and allow it to freeze. This is a great activity for a day when the temperature is below freezing. Explain to your students how when it is cold outside, liquids freeze and turn to ice. After a few hours, bring in the frozen "igloo" blocks and talk about how the juice turned into ice and how that is similar to how water turned into ice for building igloos.
Finally, allow your students to eat their igloo blocks for a sweet and healthy treat.