Tip & How-To about Sport & Outdoor - Others
Backyard igloos are easy and fun for kids. You don't need a large amount of snow, either. A few inches can be shoveled into a pile that's large enough for a kid to crawl into, but you need to be careful to make sure that you make it strong enough that it won't collapse easily.
Start out by piling the snow a couple feet high. Three feet is about as small as you can go, but that works well for most kids. It can be as big as you want, though.
After you pile it up, use a watering can to sprinkle the outside with water. It should be cold water, since hot water will melt the snow more than necessary. Make sure you cover the entire outside of the snow pile. The water is the key to making it strong.
Wait overnight for the water to freeze, and then use a shovel to scoop out the snow on the inside. Make a hole in one side with the shovel, and then carefully shave off the snow on the inside until you are close to the edge.
That's it! If the kids want, they can scrape out the snow on the inside with toy shovels, too. Overall time to do a small one this way is just an hour or so, not counting the overnight freeze.
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