Day Four of Help the Leprechaun Find His Gold

You can read the Leprechaun's Letter here
Day One's challenge here
Day Two's challenge here
Day Three's challenge here

I thought we'd go with a different sensation here - freezing cold!  S found this giant ice block sitting on the kitchen counter after breakfast this morning.

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Green sequins, green pompoms, green glitter, green washable paint, green Colorations Liquid Watercolors, green feathers, and two gold coins were all encapsulated in the ice block.

S could see the gold coins near the surface, just below a layer of ice.  She tried picking them out with her fingers, but it didn't work.  I asked her what people put on the sidewalks in winter to keep them from being icy (she needed a little hint - it starts with "s") - and she remembered salt!

We talked about how adding salt would make the ice melt (I felt that that was about as much explanation as a 3.5 year old could handle - talking about it changing the melting point seemed like it would be a bit over her head).  She excitedly began pouring and spreading salt.  In particular, she added two big piles over the two gold coins.

It was crazy to watch the salt making the ice bubble and we could hear it audibly crackling.

After waiting a minute, she cleared the salt piles from the gold coins and used a spoon to pry the coins loose.

Voila!  Two more rescued coins!

The ice block looks super cool!  She's currently using it as a giant iceburg with, you guessed it, dinosaurs.  She's also enjoying using piles of salt to create little "lakes" of icy water for the dinos to jump in, and as the ice melts, she's rescuing all the little feathers and sequins and pompoms that were embedded in the ice.

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All activities here are activities I feel are safe for my own children.  As your child's parents/guardians, you will need to decide what you feel is safe for your family.  I always encourage contacting your child's pediatrician for guidance if you are not sure about the safety/age appropriateness of an activity. All activities on this blog are intended to be performed with adult supervision.  Appropriate and reasonable caution should be used when activities call for the use of materials that could potentially be harmful, such as scissors, or items that could present a choking risk (small items), or a drowning risk (water activities), and with introducing a new food/ingredient to a child (allergies).  Observe caution and safety at all times.  The author and blog disclaim liability for any damage, mishap, or injury that may occur from engaging in any of these activities on this blog.

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