Icy Blizzard Car Rescue

Icy Blizzard Car Rescue Activity | Mama Papa Bubba

YOU GUYS…  It’s March 6th and currently?  It’s snowing.  SNOWING!!  I can’t even.  And so, when you don’t have the power to change the weather, you may as well enjoy it, right?  Except for that it’s cold and miserable….  So we brought the blizzard inside. {Just enough to fill a small bin – my kind of blizzard.  Hah!}   Mixed Sam’s very favourite thing (vehicles, obviously) and created an icy blizzard car rescue that he absolutely loved.

Here’s how I did it…

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First of all, I picked out a few Hot Wheels / Matchbox vehicles from Sam’s collection and placed them into a small bin with just a couple of centimetres of water and two drops of aqua liquid watercolours (one of my very favourite art supplies – they’re super vibrant and super washable).  Then I popped the bin into the freezer, arranged the vehicles as I wanted them, and let it all freeze over night.

Icy Blizzard Car Rescue | Mama.Papa.Bubba.

When it was time to play, I sprinkled some snow on top in order to add to the whole blizzard feel, but if you don’t have snow you could certainly skip this step.

Icy Blizzard Car Rescue | Mama.Papa.Bubba.

Next up, I set out a few ‘tools’ to assist in the rescue…

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Here’s the finished play invitation!

NOW…  I just purchased this  FLISAT table from Ikea {even though we really didn’t need it} and although I’m already so, so in love with it, you certainly do not need a fancy sensory table to set this, or any other sensory play invitation, up.  A smaller bin inside a larger bin would work perfectly, as would a blizzard bin with a tray of tools next to it.

Icy Blizzard Car Rescue | Mama.Papa.Bubba.

When I told Sam that the vehicles were stuck in an icy blizzard and needed to be rescued, he was thrilled.

Icy Blizzard Car Rescue | Mama.Papa.Bubba.

I briefly ran through the tools with him and he was off!

Icy Blizzard Car Rescue | Mama.Papa.Bubba.

I feel like ice rescue activities like this one {and this frozen ocean animal rescue and this frozen ocean mermaid excavation} are great for helping kiddos develop grit, patience, and perseverance because they take a good amount of time and effort.

Icy Blizzard Car Rescue | Mama.Papa.Bubba.

While Sam immediately went for the warm water and salt, he soon moved onto trying the wooden hammer.

Icy Blizzard Car Rescue | Mama.Papa.Bubba.

What I didn’t anticipate is that he would create his own warm salt water mixture in hopes of that being the winning solution…  Clever little nugget!

Icy Blizzard Car Rescue | Mama.Papa.Bubba.

It took some time {and maybe a tiny bit of assistance from Sister – she just can’t help herself!}, but he eventually got a truck loose.

Icy Blizzard Car Rescue | Mama.Papa.Bubba.

Of course Miss Chloe was right in on the action as she always is.

Icy Blizzard Car Rescue | Mama.Papa.Bubba.

One thing I should mention is that the combination of cold and salt can sometimes bother little ones’ hands.  Miss G’s never minded – even after ages of play – but after dunking his hands in water and then into the salt, Sam told me that his hands felt ‘hot’.  A couple of things you can do to if your little one seems to have sensitive hands: a) let them play with gloves on or b) have a bowl of clean, warm water and a small towel nearby.

Icy Blizzard Car Rescue | Mama.Papa.Bubba.

Of course as time passes, the vehicles become easier to rescue…

Icy Blizzard Car Rescue | Mama.Papa.Bubba.

And then it gets REALLY exciting!

Icy Blizzard Car Rescue | Mama.Papa.Bubba.

This will definitely be done again in our house.

Icy Blizzard Car Rescue | Mama Papa Bubba

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