Here are some hints for making homemade igloos:
If your freezer needs defrosting, take some of the sheets of ice that fall
off and use them to make a snow scene to put your igloos on.
Think about the design, bearing in mind the size of cubes and plate before
getting the cubes out of the freezer.
Make the igloos on a chilled ceramic or glass plate - that will prevent
the bottom ones melting before the top ones are put in place.
To stick them together, use some fine salt - either have a plate of salt
and quickly dip the next one in on one side before sticking it on the lower
layer or sprinkle a little salt over the top of the previous one. The salt
makes the ice melt slightly, then freeze again, but don't add too much
or it won't re-freeze.
Alternative sticking method (slower but easier to rescue the results if
you leave it too long rather than add too much salt). Put some boiled water
in a heavy pan (for safety), put a plate on top, put the ice cubes on the
plate for a short time before using for building.
Be sure to take a photo ... and then put the lot outside or in the bath
before everything gets wet!
10th North Oxford Guides, Oxfordshire, UK
Alternatively, use eggshells for igloos (draw on bricks
with a black felt tipped pen), and cotton wool for snow, to make an 'igloo
Former Brownie Guider and County Hillwalking Adviser, UK
Cadette Leader, Girl Scouts of Tres Condados, California, USA
Do you have any other ideas for activities?
The GuideZone Team with your
comments or suggestions!
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