Monday, February 10, 2014

Farmer Fred Award for October 2013: How to Make An Igloo

The October Award Winner may seem, at first glance, not to relate to farm life at all. Anyone can make an igloo from sugar cubes, but, would you if you lived closer to shopping?
The Farm Inspector and The Ag Analyst have brought a fresh perspective to our lives. We enjoy it.
The Farmer Fred Award for October 2013 is presented to:
How to Make An Igloo from Sugar Cubes
originally published October 24, 2013
It is I-Week in the Farm Inspector's Kindergarten class and she has been asked to bring an object that begins with the letter I to show the class.  
We considered Ice. Too quickly turned to Water and it is not W-week. 
We considered Ice Cream. Too quickly melted to Mess and it is not M-week. 
 We considered I-Phone, I-Pad, I-Mac, all of which are too easily confused with Apple and it is not
 A-Week.
We keep a jar of sugar cubes in GriggsDakota, just in case the Farm Inspector or the Ag Analyst get a little sour. A couple of these sweeten them up in a hurry. We purchase them from Amazon.com.
 We looked into the jar of rough cubes and decided they looked like snow.
 Could we build an Igloo? Yes! We would build it out of sugar cubes.
While I cut the bottom off an old rubber ball with a serrated knife, the Farm Inspector washed some gravel from the driveway. 
She shook as much water out as possible and then took the pebbles to the bathroom to dry them with the hair dryer. 
We started with a disposable pie pan. At first we turned it upside down, but soon realized that we needed the edges to hold the Igloo's environment. She glued sugar cubes onto the rubber ball, Igloo-style, with Elmer's School Glue.
For trees we picked lilac twigs and pushed marshmallows onto them to resemble snow. 
The Farm Inspector dug through a basement cupboard to find some blue construction paper, then used her markers and glitter glue to enhance the waves.
This project takes lots of glue. Lots and lots of glue. The waves are held in place on the edge of the pie pan with glue.
She placed pebbles into little cups to hold the snowy trees upright. 
All pebbles, both in the cups and on the surface are held in place with glue. Fortunately, it dries clear.
Tufts of cotton balls, carefully torn apart by the Farm Inspector, were glued in place for snow. 
We set the finished project on a high open shelf to dry overnight. 
I is for Igloo made of sweet sugar cubes in GriggsDakota.

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