ICEBERG LETTUCE IGLOO
I hope you are enjoying following along with the A-Z healthy eating series! The series has reached the letter “I” so we have chosen the iceberg lettuce for today’s craft.
Iceberg lettuce are round in shape – like a small soccer ball. They are made of layers of folded, tightly packed, crisp and juicy leaves which my boys enjoyed peeling off. The outer leaves are a darker green than the inner ones which are pale green to almost white. This is a great opportunity for children to expand their vocabulary in describing the lettuce in terms of its colour and form.
The dome shaped inner leaves of the lettuce prompted Big boy to attempt crafting an igloo. I am always fascinated by the imaginative ideas children come up with when crafting! We looked up the basic structure of an igloo and learnt some interesting facts about igloos.
Igloos or snow houses are found in the Arctic regions of Greenland, Canada, USA and Russia. They are built from compact bricks of snow in an arched dome shape. They are built without cement because the heat of the people living inside melts the ice bricks and fuses them together! There is a tunnel in front of the dome that stops the heat from escaping outside and keeps the igloo warmer than the outside weather. Our investigation of igloos proved to be an interesting lesson in world culture and science!
Making an igloo from an iceberg lettuce is a really simple craft that does require peeling a lettuce leaf without ripping. This is a great fine motor activity for children. Go ahead and taste the lettuce leaves as you craft as lettuce are generally eaten raw. Lettuces are 95% water so they are refreshing on hot summer days. We also had a great lesson in shapes with today’s craft when talking about the spherical shape of the lettuce and dome shape of the igloo.
We certainly enjoyed expanding our knowledge on igloos and till we get to see a real life igloo, we will make do with our lettuce version!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED FOR ICEBERG LETTUCE IGLOO:
- Iceberg lettuce (preferably whole)
- 1 x toilet roll
INSTRUCTIONS FOR ICEBERG LETTUCE IGLOO:
- For main igloo body, carefully peel off a lettuce leaf that is dome shaped.
- Use white acrylic paint to paint the igloo.
- To make tunnel entrance, cut toilet roll in half lengthways.
- Use white acrylic paint to paint toilet roll.
- Place toilet roll halfway into igloo to resemble an entrance tunnel.
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