Tuesday, January 25, 2011


This week for letter I we made igloos. We read the book The Three Snow Bears by Jan Brett which is a Goldilocks story that takes place in an igloo instead of in the woods. This was a good practice of fine motor skills and I thought the kids did a great job! It was an interesting project because we discovered that there is a fine line between too much glue (your "ice" starts to melt) and too little glue (your cubes don't stay together). When we discovered that too much glue makes the sugar cubes start to fall apart, Hudson started singing, "In the sun it melted, melted, melted . . ." What a cutie!

Here's What We Did:

What we used:
A lot of sugar cubes
White glue
3 oz. white plastic or styrofoam cups (we used a bigger size, and it took a long time and an insane amount of sugar cubes)
Blue or white paper plates

What We did:
1. Before class I glued the cups to the paper plates so they would be sturdy and dry when the kids started working.
2. We glued the sugar cubes around the base of the cup first. Then we built each layer up until we got to the top. You have to be careful not to use too much glue. Too much glue starts to make the sugar disintegrate. However, if you don't use enough, your cubes will topple. Just a happy medium works great! 3. We glued the cubes on the top and then added a 2 X 4 X 2 row of sugar cubes in front of the cup for the door.

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