Here’s a sweet way to make a little magic in the back yard this summer.
My Alex had been having fun making “potions” with rain water, grass clippings and such, and he asked me to help him find new ingredients. I decided to make it a little extra magical and went and got a pitcher of tap water and a can from the recycling. I secretly dropped a few drops of green food coloring in the bottom of the can, and then made a show of filling the “empty” can with some grass clippings from the yard.
I gave him the pitcher and told him that I’d put magic grass in the can. Then I had him pour some water into the can and pour the can into a bucket. Of course, the water in the can instantly turned bright green when it mixed with the food coloring at the bottom, and Alex and Fiona watched in amazement as the magically green water poured into the bucket.
I also asked the kids to find 8 yellow dandelions for a second can (that I’d already secretly sprinkled with some yellow food coloring), and we used spent lilac blossoms for a third can that had some blue.
I also gave them a jar of fairy dust (Florida sand from a vacation) to sprinkle in.
Lastly, I had them gather dandelion puffs so they could blow wishes into their concoctions.
I gave them lots of buckets to pour into, so they could also have fun with color mixing.
Alex is old enough that he easily figured the secret out, but he had fun pretending anyway. Little Fiona just had fun gathering the ingredients and pouring and pouring.
They happily played for an hour with their potions. It was an easy, nearly free, absolutely magical way to have some back yard fun. We’ll definitely be doing more of it!
I also picked up an old spice rack with little glass bottles at a thrift store, and I’m going to assemble a whole magic potion rack for them to use sometime soon in their outdoor play kitchen. I’ll try to post pictures and update how that goes!