The Kid Should See This

How to Build an Igloo (1949) – National Film Board of Canada

Drawing from a lifetime of snow experience, two Inuit men in Canada’s Far North find a site full of hard-packed snow for their igloo, or iglu in Inuit. To insulate and protect against wind and cold, a quick, overnight snow shelter can be built by an experienced person in just 40 minutes, or as many as two days might be spent perfecting a longer-term, family-size structure.

The igloo above takes around 90 minutes to build. Cutting out thick snow blocks with large knives, their only tool, the two men construct a compact spiral wall that is shaped to slope upwards, eventually leading to a keystone piece at the very top. Their years of practice makes it look easy.

Presented by the National Film Board of Canada, enjoy this 1949 classic film by director Douglas Wilkinson: How To Build an Igloo.

Related videos: more shelters, more construction, and more snow, including traveling through Greenland on a dog sled.

Thanks, @aglet.

This award-winning video collection is reader-supported. Become a sustaining member to keep TKSST online and free for everyone, including teachers and parents who use it as a resource to spark learning and curiosity for kids.

🌈 Watch these videos next...

How Maple Syrup is Made | Où se trouve: Garland Sugar Shack

Rion Nakaya

How the trucks remove heavy snow in Montreal, Canada

Rion Nakaya

Go on a Snowflake Safari

Rion Nakaya

Le silence sous l’écorce (The Silence Beneath the Bark)

Rion Nakaya

Casa ecológica de botellas (The Ecological Bottle House)

Rion Nakaya

Log cabin time lapse: A Canadian man builds a shelter from scratch

Rion Nakaya

Tuurngait – A child goes on a wild bird chase

Rion Nakaya

Mysteries of the world’s biggest dome

Rion Nakaya

Clearing snow from the cables on the Port Mann Bridge

Rion Nakaya

Get smart curated videos delivered every week.    
Subscribe