Back in the summer I wrote a piece for Netmums inspired by the release of the last of the Harry Potter films. Here’s my updated post, all about magic potions and spells and how my girls and I created our own bubbling potions to see what charms we could cast at our kitchen table.
First the girls half filled their jam jars with vinegar before adding a few drops of food colouring.
Next they sprinkled in a little glitter, followed by a good squeeze of washing up liquid (you could also use bubble bath lotion).
After mixing everything together, we put the jars on the baking tray, added a heaped teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda to each jar and said our spells…
In the blinking of an eye our potions were bubbling away casting a magic spell over all of us!
Once the bubbling was finished, we could reuse each potion 3 or 4 times by giving it a good stir and adding a little more bicarb. When we ran out of bicarb the girls got their cauldrons and used the spent potions to create even more fearsome brews, giving them plenty of opportunity for messy, sensory play!
This activity was a hit all round. Not only is it quite literally magic to little eyes to see their potions hubble and bubble, it’s also an opportunity to learn a little bit of science if you feel so inclined (the foam which bubbles out is the result of a reaction between the vinegar and the bicarbonate of soda: when they mix tiny bubbles of carbon dioxide gas are released and these bubbles of gas churn up the washing up liquid creating a bubbly foam).
If you’re kids aren’t in to Harry Potter, here are some other great books that would be fun to read alongside creating these bubbling potions:
And as for some magical music you could do worse that trying these tunes:
What are your favourite children’s books which feature a little bit of magic?