Tuesday, March 9, 2010

mixing potions - messy play with preschoolers




Our children are mad about making potions.

One might even say obsessed.

And why not?  It is deliciously sensory and delightful messy and allows them to experiment, imagine and create.








So mad about mixing potions are they that we have created a special potion trolley that can be wheeled out onto the grass at a moment's notice.

Potion mixing is best done outdoors, for obvious reasons:

mixing potions at preschool
On the trolley we have:
  •  lots of empty containers of different shapes and sizes
  • empty plastic bottles
  • squeeze bottles
  • paint brushes
  • stirrers
  • colanders
  • an array of spoons
  • measuring cups
  • funnels
  • muffin and paint trays
  • eye droppers
  • tea strainers
  • whisks
  • slotted spoons
There is no need to spend money on materials.  Collect old things from home or op shops, or reuse empty containers.

mixing potions at preschool

The children help gather the ingredients, which usually include:
  • water
  • dirt
  • sand
  • coloured water
  • things from the collage table like confetti
  • natural materials collected from the playground:  grass, seeds, leaves, herbs, mulch
  • playdough that is past it's useful date is always popular because it adds that touch of gooey-ness
  • soap flakes
  • mulch
potions in the mud pie kitchen
We also play with potions when we set up an outdoor cooking area.  What better way to cook up a storm?


Making potions is a purely process - orientated play experience

Children have had fun experimenting, investigating, mixing, pouring, measuring, estimating, observing, imagining and simply revelling in the sensory experience.


But fear not the mess!  The clean up is just as much fun.

Do your kids enjoy mixing potions or concoctions?

What do you use?

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Garden Tea Rooms @ Sun Hats and Wellie Boots
Magic Potions @ Mini Eco

10 comments:

  1. This looks like so much fun! What a great idea to have it all set to go with all the mixers, and what great things they get to experiment with.

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  2. looks like fun! as we are getting warmer days and melting snow, i've seen my kids mixing up a lot of mud pies!

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  3. Its one of their absolute favorite things to do. No wonder - I loved it as a kid too :)

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  4. I love this idea! My daughter loved creating potions when she was small. (She still loves it - but now we call it cooking!) It never dawned on me to try this at school with the littles. Thanks, as always, for the inspiration.

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  5. Anything with that results in a mess is okay in my book! :) I love the picture with the little girl's feet IN the potion! It is so wonderful to see that you allow them to be so creative.

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  6. Looks fun and messy! My son loves to make potions too. He likes to use a mortar and pestle to grind up things to add to the mix (things from the garden and chalk mostly)

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  7. Oh, I love the idea of a mortar and pestle. We don't have any of those - will have to keep an eye out at the op shops.

    And Ms Jessi, once upon a time I would have stressed the mess and the very idea of a child's feet in a potion would of had me hyperventalating! We get them started on learning to clean themselves up and put new clothes on very early in the year and although it is a lengthy process they get the hang of it and are pretty independant. This little girl is in her 2nd year at preschool and took herself off and cleaned up and dressed without any assistance. Otherwise it would become a giant pain :)

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  8. Love this. I was only talking about this earlier. It's my 9 yr olds favorite activity and has been since she was 2 . Her bathroom is full of concoctions. Will definitely set up a,station in the Summer .

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  9. When we do this I colour sand too, and some times I give them baking soda and little bottles of vinegar just to make their potions fizz a bit. My 8 yr old and 6 yr old are still both very much into making potions except now they're more sophisticated and insist their concoctions are herbal remedies, insect repellents, sunburn ointments or natural insecticides for the garden.

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  10. When we do this I colour sand too, and some times I give them baking soda and little bottles of vinegar just to make their potions fizz a bit. My 8 yr old and 6 yr old are still both very much into making potions except now they're more sophisticated and insist their concoctions are herbal remedies, insect repellents, sunburn ointments or natural insecticides for the garden.

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