How to Build an Igloo This Winter Season
An igloo or snow fort can be a great place to play for the kids during the winter season. An igloo or fort can protect them from cold winter wind so they can play outside longer, and kids may love a snowball fight against someone else in another igloo across the yard.
To build a snow fort or igloo, you need some good but simple tools. Don’t think you can just go out and start forming and packing snow as this takes too much time and can be difficult. If you have buckets you use at the beach for the summer, these can work to create blocks of snow you use to create your igloo or snow fort. You can purchase these at any toy store or even a discount retailer and they are usually very inexpensive. Some small plastic shovels help to pack the snow into your containers.
Once you have your tools, it’s good to start your igloo or snow fort on a flat area with little snow. You may want to use a snow shovel to remove a few inches of snow from an area of the yard and then pat the snow down so you have a level area on which to work.
Building a curved igloo with a roof can be very difficult and those who build real igloos will use sticks and other supports under their snow blocks to keep them from collapsing. You need to curve your top rows in and use a snow saw and other tools to shave down the blocks. Because this is so much work and may not be safe unless you are an expert, you may want to instead just build a snow fort that doesn’t have a roof. Pack snow in your molds and stack the blocks next to one another for a bottom row. For the next row, stack the blocks, not directly over the first row but over the gap between two blocks. To create a square wall, put a block of snow on the end and cut it in half so the wall is square and even. Continue to do this for the next few rows until your wall is as tall as you want.
Because a true snow fort has more than one wall, you can continue this process for an adjoining wall at a right angle, and another so that you have three walls built. For your last wall, you can keep this open so it’s easy to get in and out of your snow fort, or create a half wall for more protection.
To fortify your igloo or fort, use more snow in the gaps between blocks and pack it tightly. This will keep it from collapsing and will give you more protection from the wind.