Igloo is cozy space for Day Nursery preschoolers

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The thermometer outside the classroom reads 32 degrees, but inside Sara McHenry’s and Caroline  King’s classroom at the Day Nursery Ruth A. Lilly Center, it is toasty warm inside their igloo constructed out of empty milk jugs.  The igloo sits next to a large window facing the playground so it gets lots of soft light which makes it a perfect place for snuggling up with a good book.  It is also a place that is designated for “me” time, so if a student wants to get away from the preschool crowd for a while, they can move to the igloo and read quietly, knowing that the space is their own. Ms. Sara and Ms. Caroline have plans to work their igloo into a preschool math lesson, challenging the children to count the number of milk containers it took to build it as well as observe how many colors make up the caps on the bottles and count how many there are of each color.

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  • kids nursery dubai
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    How sweet, I hope all children enjoy these activities in their nursery. nice posting i will show this post to my kids. Keep sharing informative and lovely posts.

    • Day Nursery Indianapolis
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      I shared your comment with the teachers and they are very happy to know someone on the other side of the world is interested in what they do. Thank you for reading!

  • Danielle Roberts
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    This is really cool! I’m a preschool teacher in CA, and I know my children would absolutely adore this! How are the milk jugs held together?

    • Day Nursery Indianapolis
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      The teacher did hot glue it together. The children enjoyed reminding their parents to save the milk jugs and bring them to school. The teachers worked math into the project as the children counted the jugs as they were added to the igloo. they also counted and charted the variety of colors of the lids.

  • a smith
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    It looks fantastic how did you tie them together . Im class teacher in england

  • Ashley R. ECI Teacher
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    Got a blue print or basic instructions on how you made this? I’ve been collecting milk jugs from the faculty, and hope to erect our own igloo by the last week of January. Thanks! 🙂

    • Kaila
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      I would love basic instructions as well!

  • Carol Shepherd
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    How many milk jugs did you use? I’m a Head Start teacher of three year olds and we’re doing a building study.

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