Making Potions

We can make potions out of anything, they usually involve glitter!


We took this potion outside and simply put some food colouring and water in a spray bottle. With the addition of a few oats, a bit of flour and glitter we made a magical mixture on a sunny day! This is fun and has the added benefit of strengthening little fingers which will help writing later on. We also spent a long time talking about measurements i.e. water is measured in litres. If you wanted to extend this further you could introduce scales and encourage the children to measure. Talking about grams and kilograms. Kitty who is now 4 loves to talk about measuring things and Grace has just started to look at this at school so it seems to have spanned both age ranges. I can feel more precise potion making this summer, perhaps with the addition of more real measuring tools and a potion book to record our mixtures!

You will need:

  • A spray bottle
  • Food colouring
  • Water
  • Flour and/or Oats
  • Glitter if you like


Some fun additions of flour and oats but you can use anything to hand to make potions (usually mud, leaves and petals if we are outside).


Enid Blyton Rating: 7 out of 10 (It was really fun but it can be quite a short activity. Plus it is a little wasteful on flour and oats so we don’t tend to do it that often or use a lot. Grace and Kitty know it is a special treat. Grace says, ‘It is very fun and I would like to do it again and make lots of cocktails and other things’.)



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