After a relatively mild winter, we had 15 inches of snow dumped on us! My 5 year old had a snow day from preschool so I decided we should plan a snow related activity to coincide with the special day! We had just finished reading Curious George Builds an Igloo and they list additional activities to try. In this case–building an igloo. I decided to modify their suggestions to fit a 2 and 5 year old’s ability level, plus using supplies we already had in the kitchen since a run to the store was not an option!
Prepping the Igloo Base
I prepped the igloo base for the boys using a paper plate, paper bowl, and small bathroom paper cup. First, I cut the paper cup in half to form a semi-circle for the entrance to the igloo. I traced the semi-circle onto the upside down bowl to cut out the opening in the bowl. Then I assembled the pieces together. I used hot glue to secure the igloo to the plate to avoid it slipping. The exact igloo base will appear slightly different depending on the size and shapes of the bowl, cups you use. Use the picture as a guideline and the frosting and marshmallows will soon cover it entirely!
Now it was time to involve the boys–although my 2 year old was hounding me the entire time for the marshmallows! I gave each boy their igloo base and set a plate of mini marshmallows between them. Then I gave them each a small bowl of white frosting.
I showed Nathan (2) how to spread a little frosting on the base and place a marshmallow onto the “glue”. While I was doing that, I noticed Jake (5) had already begun his building. He was starting from the top of the igloo so I reminded him how George started with a circle and worked his way to the top.
Once I got Jake started, he worked very methodically and quickly. He was finished a lot sooner than I expected. Nathan didn’t move quite as methodically or quickly, but he enjoyed himself! He had a more random approach to building!
Once Nathan decided his igloo was finished, his favorite part was eating the frosting and marshmallows! He was so excited to show the igloo to Daddy once he got home from work.
I was first introduced to the game of Penny Hockey when I was in middle school. It was one of the projects the 2nd year shop students made. I only took one year, but we were able to play the game when we finished our work early. I wanted to give my nephew a Wooden Penny Hockey board for Christmas, but unfortunately there were some issues with the company I found to build the board. I am still hoping to eventually get him an “official” wooden board, but decided to try a makeshift game in the meantime!
We do not own the tools to craft a board at home, but I have always been pretty handy with cardboard! I decided to try making a cardboard version of Penny Hockey to see if my own little boys enjoyed the game.
I did a google image search for a penny hockey board and loosely based my design from the pictures. There are a ton of tutorials to make a wooden board and you can follow the precise measurements. My boys are only 2 and 5 and I was working on this project while they were fighting over Legos. I didn’t have time for perfection!
Cardboard Box (roughly 9 x 12–my board is slightly larger)
Wooden Dowel Rods
Blue and Red Sharpie Markers
X-Acto Knife or Scissors
Penny to Play!
Cut a cardboard box down to size.
I had a cardboard envelope (from photos or a book that I ordered) that seemed like the perfect size. A regular box would work as well, but the sides would need to be cut down further. I don’t have any pictures, but I just cut the extra flaps off and cut down the sides and about a 1 inch lip. Then I just taped the sides closed to secure.
Draw the lines on the board.
I measured the center of the board and drew a solid red line with a Sharpie.
Then I traced a paper bathroom Dixie cup to form the center circle. Just use whatever objects you can find unless you want perfection.
Then I drew a solid blue line on each side at the end of the circle.
Trace a quarter towards the end of each side of the box. (Again I just eyeballed it. I’m sure this isn’t to regulation standards). Use an X-Acto knife to cut out the circle.
Draw a solid red line at the edge of the hole.
Trace half of the paper bathroom Dixie cup to form a semi-circle around the quarter hole.
Add dowel rod posts
I used the X-Acto knife to pierce a hole for the dowel rods to be inserted.
My husband used a Dremel to cut a dowel rod into 7 pieces. He made them 3/4 inch long.
Use super glue to adhere the dowel rods into the holes. (I originally just used Elmer’s glue and some of them weren’t very secure. I had to go back and fix the weak ones).
I don’t follow hockey so I am not aware of the real rules of the game. Starting in the middle, you are supposed to flick the penny towards your goal.
Now my boys were simply pushing the penny and they were having fun!