How to Build an Igloo Playhouse for your Kids

If you’re in the mood for building something fun, creative and unconventional for your kids, why not try an igloo? It’s pretty easy, doesn’t cost much and your kids will love it as it can be used both indoors or out.

To build an igloo big enough for your kids to use as a playhouse, you’ll need some big chunks of Styrofoam to simulate blocks of ice. You’ll also need a very sharp knife for cutting the blocks to make them fit, a lot of baggies to hold water and a mat to build the whole thing on if you’d like, as there is no floor for it.

First, obtain the Styrofoam either by ordering it online through a shipping service or by asking at one of your big box stores for what they can give you. Most will give it to you free. Be forewarned, it might take some time to obtain all the Styrofoam you need. Your faux ice blocks will be anywhere from one to two feet in size, depending on how big the pieces of Styrofoam are that you find, and how big you want the igloo to be when finished. For children, your playhouse shouldn’t need to be any higher than four feet tall and maybe five feet long.

While you’re collecting your Styrofoam, you should also collect as many pictures of igloos as you can find so that you get a good feel for how they should fit together. Remember, it’s not just a dome, it’s a tunnel leading in and out of the igloo as well.

At any rate, once you have all the Styrofoam you need, you’ll then cut it down to blocks of “ice” which you will use for stacking and building etc. But in order for Styrofoam to work, it needs to first be made heavier, otherwise it won’t weigh enough to keep itself together. The best way to go about this is to fill re-sealable baggies with water and then insert them into the centers of the blocks. One way to do this is to cut each block in half, hollow out both sides a little bit, then glue the block back together. This way is best because then it makes the block feel centered because the weight will be in the center of the block. If you don’t want to go that far, you can try hollowing out a portion on the bottom of each block and then covering it back up once you have the baggie inside.

Once you have your blocks weighted, it’s a simple matter then of first laying down the blocks that will form the perimeter of the igloo, including the tunnel. After that, you lay blocks on top of those blocks, and then more blocks on top, etc., until you have your igloo. Of course, just like the Inuit, you’ll need to cut and shave your blocks as you go so that your igloo will grow into a dome shape on top. If things work out, your igloo should stand on its own, if not, which is the most likely case, you can simply build the whole thing, make sure it’s all sized right, then glue the whole thing together.

Once all the blocks are in place, don’t forget to make your chimney.