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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Gem Mining at Old McDonald's Farm

Yesterday, I shared with you the first post in the Old McDonald's Farm blog series.
You can read part 1 here.

Today, we are going to talk Gem Mining and how much mining for gems can thrill a child.

At Old McDonald's Farm, you pay extra to mine gems. The prices range from $6 (small bag) to $18 (largest bag). Once you buy the bag, you take the kids over to the mining tower, grab a sifter, and shove it down into the water to uncover your treasures.

I'm pretty sure both kids would have stood at that farm the rest of the day going through their booty but I told them to wait until we got home. And they did. I will say that I'm proud of them, too. For the rest of the day, they hauled their treasure bags around and never once complained.

Upon returning home and after a change into PJ's, they set to work grouping their treasures and inspecting each little rock or fossil. I kid you not, they sat there for over an hour playing with rocks and fossils.

Button was very particular about how the rocks and fossils were divided up into groups. And she inspected each one for several long minutes before making the decision.

Peanut was a little less picky about how the rocks and fossils were split up, as evidenced by her larger piles of treasures. She too played for over an hour before finally putting them in her collection box. (Yes, they collect rocks and tumbled gemstones.)

That's all for today. Come back tomorrow for more photos from Old McDonald's Farm Days. The next post in the series will be pics from the Corn Crib (corn kernel pit).

Happy Hump Day to all! Yes, even you, snarky stalker.

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