As much as I'd love to say that my kids built this on their own . . . this was a mom job. We are not closet milk guzzlers--I drove to three coffee shops every day for 8 days straight. Thankfully, the coffee shops were all within a mile of each other. They were each kind enough to save milk jugs for me and were eager to see the finished product. (I picked up in the afternoon when they were not crazy busy.) Each day I spent 45 minutes rinsing the jugs out with hot water and a tiny drop of soap. I then threw them outside on my back patio to dry.
After we built the igloo, we printed the above picture, glued it to a piece of cardstock, and my kids wrote thank you notes on the cardstock. (Forgot to take a picture.) We also gave each store a bag of Hershey's Kisses with a cute tag attached that said, "Eskimo Kisses for You."
My inspiration came from THIS VIDEO. They show you the best way to build the igloo--great tips!
We had to use a high-heat glue gun, which is why I ended up building it--though my kids brought me all the jugs and helped hold them together.
Total milk jugs: 268
We found so many fun Arctic, Antarctica, Penguin and Polar Bear videos on YouTube and Amazon Prime. We also checked out multiple DVDs from our library. The resources for this topic are endless.
My favorite activity resource book: Polar Regions Activity Book
Included are recipes, activities, crafts, literature lists and more. I highly recommend this book!