There’s nothing quite like Roald Dahl to inspire a little imaginative play in kids. We’ve been reading George’s Marvellous Medicine as our bedtime story and so…. mixing up a tremendous kitchen potion was top of the smallest boys list of things to do.
It’s a fun, fabulous and really easy kids activity and whilst you might kinda think WHAT A MESS… there’s actually a whole lot of learning going on there, creative play, storytelling, role play, fine motor skill practice not to mention learning about scents, textures, colours, volume and a little chemistry thrown in to boot.
What you need to mix up kitchen potions
- Different sized bowls, spoons, funnels, jugs and cups.
- Various ingredients – we used flour, cornflour, baking powder, Bovril, different vinegars, water, sunflower oil, different herbs and spices, dried rice, pasta, baking sprinkles, soda water, chilli sauce, fish sauce, mustard… and a few other things too.
- Apron and cloths if you’re worried about the mess.
How to mix up kitchen potions
- Just let the kids get on with it, let them try out different combinations and mixtures – show them how to make a big fizz by mixing baking powder and vinegar.
- Let them touch, feel, mix and enjoy it.
Additional learning opportunities
- Develop descriptive language by chatting with your child about what they’re doing and asking them to describe colours, textures, scents and feelings.
- Read George’s Marvellous Medicine or for younger children a book from the Meg & Mog series is great to team with this activity.
- You could easily link this in to Halloween and these could be witches potions.