There is a new activity that has taken precedence over all other activities at our house and it involves lots of ice, a hammer, screw drivers, safety glasses and some unfortunate plastic animals. I can’t take credit for this idea. We went to the New Years Eve festival in our town and one of the stations was freeing arctic animals from large chunks of ice. We spent at least half of our festival time chipping away at ice with wooden dowels. When the request came a day later to do the same activity at home, I happily obliged, but also added the hammer, a screwdriver and a spray bottle of warm water to make my life a little bit easier (and for it to take less than a day to chip away at things!).
My 3 year old picks out the containers to freeze and we load all of our animals up for a very chilly night in the freezer. In the morning she gets to it (still in PJs…with animals on them…fitting), smashing ice all over the place and making her animals ‘swim’ to get the last of the ice off of their scrawny little legs. The giraffe is always the last to be saved as he has the most surface area to chip away at. The baby happily lays beside her sister, rolling around (and getting stuck since she hasn’t quite learned how to roll back) and wishing that she could get her hands in that icy cold water.