Yesterday afternoon I set up an outside laboratory for the children to make potions. Using finds from last week's kitchen spring clean, I was pleased to put our out-of-date store-cupboard goods to use.
1. Out-of-date spices, cornflour, bicarbonate of soda, mustard, ketchup and some poster paint.
2. Diluted vinegar, water and vegetable oil.
3. Empty spice jars, plastic medicine spoons and chopsticks.
4. Plastic funnels and a pipette from a liquid vitamin bottle.
Bud and Daisy absolutely tore into this activity, I simply stood back and let them go.
There was thorough mixing...
... and careful pouring.
There was selecting and measuring...
...and then a bit more pouring.
Equipment and ideas were beautifully shared...
...and some fine mixes were concocted.
Jars were filled with various combinations of powders, gloop and liquid...
...and a glorious mess was made.
When a jar had been filled they took it over to the display table. Here the potion was given a final shake or swirl then observed for a moment before being named...
We had potions such as Fizzy-Bizzy, Bluey-Luey, Disco-Looker and Dark-Looker, and my goodness they did look pretty in the sunshine.
Bud and Daisy made 12 potions in all and were 100% absorbed in the activity for an hour and a half. We'll definitely be playing Potion Laboratory again.