The word “igloo” comes from the Inuktitut language of northern Canada, from which other words such as “anorak”, “Inuit” (the people), “kayak”, etc. are also derived. It simply means “house”.

Real igloos were built by the first inhabitants of northern Canada and Russia and to build them, it was (and still is) essential that the weather conditions were suitable (snow, cold, etc…).

Igloos are built from snow blocks, so they are perfectly suited to a cold, arctic environment where there are simply no building materials available such as wood, stone and brick.

Although a house made of snow may seem too cold to be comfortable, igloos actually act like a large duvet, trapping body heat. An igloo can reach temperatures of up to 50 degrees inside!

Going back to the Eskimos, this term was used to describe these “people of the Great North” who ate a lot of raw fish and meat when they ran out of things to cook… If you want to know more about the history of igloos around the world, check out the full article here.

And how do you go about building an igloo for your children? When they are driven by a desire for building prowess or simply to please them… Especially in less northern countries and at a time of (unfortunately) increasingly frequent climate change… And yes, the snow is too often too wet, too cold, or the task a little too difficult…

A solution exists, it is called “Tinygloo”.

Exclusive in Europe, it remains the only igloo that is easy and quick to assemble, in less than 10 minutes! A single material that is hyper-resistant to extreme temperatures (from -30° to +30°) and very heavy weights (up to 450 kg!)… and it doesn’t melt with the arrival of spring 😉

Tinygloo is, in a way, the “little house in the garden”… for children!

Between the ages of 3 and 13, children are developing and need to develop their imagination, to be in touch with nature and to find their own shelter, in summer and winter.

So in winter, to return to the Eskimos, let’s remember that the word means “those who eat their food raw”. It was originally used to describe those “people of the far north” who ate a lot of raw fish and meat when they had no more food to cook…

Want to know more about the history of igloos around the world? Read the full article here.

– Have you ever experienced life in an igloo?

– Have you ever had your children play in these “little snow houses”?

– If you have a garden at home, would you be tempted to buy one?