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Snow brick shelter

Build a winter den with snow bricks.

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You'll need some serious snow to make this snow shelter!

Surprisingly warm once you're inside - the snow acts as an excellent insulator - just add blankets and cushions and a mug of hot chocolate for this ultimate winter den.

Activity donated by Vicki Stewart of Brightwood Training.

What you'll need

  • plastic ice cream tubs, recycling boxes or similar
  • snow
  • branches, long sticks or willows

Vicki Stewart - Brightwood Training

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Environmental Considerations

Consider the environmental impact of preparing, carrying out & completing this activity. Could this impact be reduced? Specific considerations for this activity could include:

  • permission of landowner to build

Health & Safety Considerations

Follow your usual operating procedures and carry out appropriate risk benefit assessments.
Some considerations particular to this activity include:

  • wear appropriate footwear and gloves
  • awareness of wall strength/weakness


Decide where you are going to build your snow shelter and clear the ground if needed.

Step #1

Fill the plastic tubs with snow and compact them down.

Step #2

Turn over the tubs and lift them off, so the snow stays like a sandcastle.

Place your snow bricks all round your foundations.

Step #3

Layer the snow bricks on top of each other to build up the walls.

Step #4

If you can, make a snow brick archway for your roof, or try willows or branches covered in blankets to finish off the top.

Take it further:

  • decorate with natural materials
  • go miniature and make a small world snow shelter!
  • if you haven’t got any snow then use a white sheet or some white camo netting to make a snow cave den.

Disclaimer: Muddy Faces cannot take any responsibility for accidents or damage that occurs as a result of following this activity.You are responsible for making sure the activity is conducted safely.

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