The boys both enjoy playing with coloured water at school, so we thought we’d have some summer-holiday fun making magic potions. It’s really fun and not too messy if you do it outside in the garden!
You will need plastic bottles of various sizes. Jam jars look wonderful, but glass plus children is not for the faint hearted, so is best avoided. Best to stick to old travel size shampoo bottles or drinks bottles. If you have any plastic cauldrons left over from Halloween, even better! Fill the bottles with water then dye it with a few drops of paint. We used some watercolours – you don’t need much.
Have fun naming all your different ingredients and writing out a magic spell. We had (left to right) sea water, unicorn juice, sloth’s spit (my six-year-old came with that one!), jaguar juice, mineral crystals and precious nectar!
We took everything out onto the grass with some plastic measuring jugs and created some magic…
We also found lots of special ingredients for the potions in the garden – such as fairy hats (red and white petunias) and green caterpillars (grass). The finishing touch was a good sprinkling of glitter!
This was such fun and the boys really got into it. While we were making them it suddenly got incredibly windy and dark and we realised we’d accidentally made a storm spell. Magic!