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Set Up a Fairy Potion Making Station

Aug 22, 2016

Oh my goodness…  I can’t even tell you what a hit this activity has been at our house in recent months. Without a word of exaggeration, my daughter began making fairy potions out on our front porch back in April and is still regularly working on them now in August. I love fairy-potion making stations too, and for many reasons. First of all, they’re a use-what-you-have-on-hand kind of thing. No need to go out and buy special materials — just dig around in your recycling box, craft drawer and yard and use whatever you find. Secondly, I love them because they encourage creativity and open-ended play. There’s no right or wrong way to use the materials and there’s no prescribed outcome — the child is truly in the driver’s seat, which is a wonderful thing when it comes to having them truly be creative. Lastly, in addition to being really fun and engaging, creating fairy potions also promotes the exploration of many skills and concepts. Little ones get to work on their pouring skills, experiment with colour theory, explore the concepts of sink and float, and see water displacement in action too! Not bad for just a "fun" activity, right?

Here’s what you can use to put together a fairy potion station of your own:

  • old bottles and jars
  • a small pitcher of water
  • liquid watercolours or food colouring
  • glitter and/or sequins
  • grass, weeds, flower petals, and other plant bits
  • a chopstick or straw for stirring
  • a smock or old shirt
  • an old towel or shower curtain to protect your work surface

Glass bottles, bottles of glitter and bowls filled with petals, grasses and coloured water.

Setting this activity up is a breeze…  Just cover your work surface with an old towel or shower curtain and set out the potion making materials!

A young girl concentrates as she pours glitter into a jar of potion.

Once things are set up (our one and only rule for creating potions is that the supplies have to stay on the towel, but you know your children and comfort levels best), you can truly step back and let your children go. Inevitably, they’ll create all kinds of beautiful concoctions that sparkle in the sun and want to tell you all about them.

A jar of coloured water layered with glitter and plant bits! It's a fully complete potion!

And if they’re anything like mine, they may enjoy making fairy potions SO much that they’ll eventually set up a curb side fairy potion shop where they’ll convince neighbours that they absolutely need a potion or two of their own to take home. 

Article Author Jen Kossowan
Jen Kossowan

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Jen is a teacher, blogger, and mama to a spirited little lady and a preemie baby boy. She's passionate about play, loves a good DIY project, adores travelling, and can often be found in the kitchen creating recipes that meet her crunchy mama criteria. You can follow Jen on her blog, Mama.Papa.Bubba, and on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

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