Hands-On Geography Fun: Arctic Circle Igloo
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As a Florida girl, it’s hard to imagine folks living within the Arctic Circle, but there is plenty of living going on in the polar regions. Sami, Yupik, and Inuit tribes all live within the Arctic Circle and have for centuries. Though many live in modern homes and cities, it’s fun to go back in time to learn more about their culture.

One of my favorite things is the igloo, or house of ice that Native Americans made to keep warm when they were on long hunts across the ice and snow. It’s hard for me to imagine keeping warm inside a house made of ice bricks, but it worked!

In our homeschool co-op, we made igloos out of sugar cubes. This was one of our assignments in Travel God’s World Geography.

Travel God's World Geography by Meredith Curtis

We used little cardboard rectangles as a base (cut from a larger box with a box cutter).

Here are the other supplies we used:

  • Sugar Cubes
  • White Frosting in a Tube
  • Shredded Coconut

We made a circle with our frosting on the base and carefully laid the first layer of sugar cubes to make a circle.

We add frosting and sugar cubes atop layer after layer until we had our igloo!

You can see that each student got a bit creative with their own igloo.

After we were finished, we added some frosting to the sides and sprinkling coconut to look like snow!

I mentioned lots of living going on in the Arctic circle! If you’d like to learn more about Arctic animals that live in Alaska, check out these notebooking pages: Alaska Animals Notebooking Pages.

Happy Arctic exploring!

Until next time, Happy Homeschooling!


Meredith Curtis

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