Outdoor Play: Making Potions

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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’

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

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9 Responses to Outdoor Play: Making Potions

  1. I have potion makers too, so much better to encourage the potions outside than to have your toothpaste, shampoo and bath foam all mixed together secretly in the bathroom and slopped around the house! Lovely photos here of thier puddings for the Queen, they look almost edible! Thank you for sharing a great outdoor play idea on Country Kids.

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  2. oooh looks fun my girls would love to do something like this!!

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  3. Brinabird says:

    What a really great idea! Educational and fun all in one.

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  4. lisa says:

    looks great fun x

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  5. What a great idea – my boys are forever asking to make potions, I’ll send them outside next time!

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  6. Mudpie Mama says:

    I love the recipe book idea! Soo much fun :-)

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  7. Rachael 'Honest' Blair says:

    Gorgeous photos and greats ideas! Mushroom would (or should say will!) love this :-)

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