Building an Ice Fort

Here is an outdoor activity that can last several days and as long as the temperature allows. It is ideal for motivating young and old alike to enjoy the pleasures of winter, both at home and at a child care center.

Required material:

  • Water
  • Snow
  • Small shovels
  • Spray bottle 
  • Food coloring
  • Aluminum containers of various sizes
    (We recommend aluminum containers that can be reused everyday.)

Step 1: Fill the aluminum containers with water and add a few drops of food colouring. Leave the dishes outside so that the water turns into a block of ice.

Step 2: Once icy, remove the ice blocks from the aluminum containers and repeat step 1 again to create more.

Step 3: To create a good base for your foundation, spray water on the snow. You can add food coloring to the bottles to make it glow!

Step 4: Add ice blocks using snow as your cement. This will stick them together.

Step 5: Repeat steps 1-4 every day to keep expanding your igloo!

When the weather gets warmer and your igloo begins to melt, you can take advantage of this great opportunity to put forward science concepts with children, such as climate and global warming.