Remember when you were a kid and your mom let you use some of her lotion and baby powder to make potions in her bathroom? Or maybe you did this without her permission (like a certain person I know). I remember these secret mixology experiments like it was yesterday. It might be one of my top five happiest childhood memories.
Recently, I went to meet Rachelle of Tinkerlab at a book signing. I love her new book! It’s filled with all sorts of nuggets about parenting, education, art, tinkering, and creativity. When I got to the section on potions, I felt as excited as my 8-yr old self! I knew that the kids had to do this with their London cousins, who were over for a visit. It was going to be the most awesome, messy, beautifully-scented potion party that ever was.
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Here’s what you’ll need for your potion party:
~ Lots of old, half used bottles of lotion, creams, baby powder, shaving cream, salt, sand…and any other materials good for mixing.
~ Clear glasses from your cabinet (be prepared to use every last one because the kids won’t stop mixing until the cabinet is cleared out!)
~ Liquid watercolors (you don’t need this whole set, just a few colors ~ they are great to have around for painting) or food coloring, mixed down with some water (1/2 and 1/2 mixture) // I tried to keep the colors in the same family so that it didn’t end up making brown.
~ Droppers (these are kind of important for mixing so get yourself some! Remember to squeeze first, then put the dropper in the liquid, then let go…this technique will be learned quickly as they go.)
~ Funnels (optional, but kids love putting things in funnels).
~ Stirring spoons, we used craft sticks .
~ A pitcher of water, make it a small pitcher ~ you will have to keep filling it up, though, but this way they can pour themselves.
~ Collection of leaves, flowers, twigs, or anything found outside around your house
There are no directions to a potion party. Just let them mix!
I love how I neatly put out one glass for all of them (thinking back to my minimalistic childhood). As if! In the end, they were climbing up to the top shelf to get the wine and beer glasses. They refused to be finished, it was just too much fun!!
They stirred, poured, sniffed, whisked, touched, and even tasted their potions. They made their own colors, perfecting the shades with each new mixture. The littlest one first started out making very dark colors, then she realized if she added shaving cream (white), the colors would become pastel. What a discovery!
When they finished making their potions, I had them each tell me about what they made, and what they might name their concoctions. This was such a fun last step, they really thought hard about their names and then had some good giggles. Here are some of their names:
Aridex Foot Ointment // Aquamarine Skin Care // The Broken Joint // Blueland // Mr. Penguin // Purple Masterpiece // Relaxation Sensation // Pinky Winky Bath Soap
If I’d thought ahead a bit more I would have made them little labels for their potions. What a fun birthday party idea!
I insist that you let your kids have a potion party. It really is a mess, but contained to one table. It’s basically just a lot of dishes. It’s so worth it, though. I think they will remember this day forever.