My eldest daughter has been an avid potion maker all her life. We are always finding concoctions in her bathroom and when she was young she would leave them on the windowsill of her bedroom or on the side of the bath and if you knocked them off whilst having a relaxing bath the cold would give you the shock of your life. She is now a huge Harry Potter fan, having read all of the series 4 times and her potions are taking on new meaning. Her younger sister is following in her footsteps. Now that the weather is nicer I set up a little potion station for them in the garden – they love it.
It is a great sensory play activity and science experiment, they got their hands in, testing and smelling the potions and used all kinds of things from the garden. Best of all I love how the imaginary play scenarios evolved. I suggested to my 9-year-old that she might like to make a book of potion recipes.
‘Yes’ she exclaimed excitedly, ‘ But we’ll need about 70 pages, the McClary recipe book’
The children had a selection of containers, water, shaving foam, food colouring, corn flour, lotion and whatever they could find from the garden.
So hard to squeeze!
I wonder what the potion will do?
Let’s make a potion for the Queen of England. We are the Royal testers.
We need more water it’s getting sloppy.
Is there anything I need to get from the tree? It needs to come from high up, it’s a drink for the fairy queen
We could use the coffee things and put some in there to make a cake or something. *Not very successful, the coffee filter went soggy.
let’s pour it inside this jug then we can test it out
I added more shaving foam, we already have some but I thought it would look better with lumps in
There’s the whipped cream
I’m sprinkling on hot vanilla powder
Let’s put in more colour
it looks a bit like cookies and cream
I tested it on my hands, it feels gritty, maybe that would help with dead skin.
Put your hands in mine and smell it when you’re done. Mmmmmm it smells nice.
These are herbs, they add flavours, like mint. It keeps layering, that’s not good.
it’s mint drink. Let’s take all the bits out.
I made her a wrap
This is her pudding, banana custard on blueberry pancakes.