#17 Hocus Pocus Potions
Fancy making some super-power potion, some magic medicine or a spell or two? Take a look at some science mixed in with lots of fun, but be careful… It could get messy!
How to do it
Children of all ages are drawn to playing with water, and many children are fascinated by filling and emptying. This range of activities supports and extends these interests, helping children of all ages to challenge themselves physically: babies can focus on grabbing and bashing, building up muscles in their hands and co-ordination, and older children can improve skills of mixing, pouring and using tools such as funnels, pipettes or spoons. They can develop their knowledge of the world: mixing colours, textures, physical change, volume and capacity, alongside feeding their imagination.
Mixing potions and perfumes encourages and supports imagination and role play of many kinds; mixing up some superhero powers, magic potions to make spells, perfume for Mummy or a fairy princess! Their imagination is the only limit.
Babies can explore, feel, mix with their hands, tip, bash and splash with ingredients that are safe to touch and get in their mouths.
Toddlers and older children can pour and mix, exploring colours, textures, smells and the consequences of their experiments (chemical and physical changes) with increasing involvement and decreasing adult input, as they become more able.
You can differentiate for different aged children, from babies to pre-schoolers by simplifying resources for babies, or adding recipes, and encouraging imaginative play with the older children.
This adventure is part of the Sheffield 50 Things to Do Before You're Five . Head over to their website to tick-off 50 fantastic things for you and your child to experience together.