Winnie the Witch Potion Lab

8 01 2012

Father Christmas has been and gone and there is a certain sense of relief that it is now over for another year. We did loads of things including making mince pies and elf cakes (elves don’t like fairy cakes apparently), place name cards, hot chocolate etc etc. Christmas is an interesting time though because we also had a first birthday on Christmas Day (LBM and BBL’s cousin) and yesterday we had BBL’s first birthday party too (I’m going to share the theme because I was quite proud of myself and my last minute planning). It seems as if future Christmas periods are just going to be one long round of presents and parties and I’m going to need a holiday for the month of January. I’ll admit to having got a bit bored of Christmas stuff so a rather splendid opportunity presented itself to steer children away from it but to make good use of some cupboard items and stocking fillers.

Father Christmas left LBM some Tinti Crackling Bath powder in his stocking (effectively space dust for the bath for those of you who remember it and can also be bought on Amazon). We tried it whilst he was in the bath and he was rather scared by it. It did sound as if the bath was boiling and our cast iron bath seemed to amplify it. However, I realised there was fun to be had so following a visit from a friend and a quick scoot round the cupboard I thought it would be more successful in a potion lab. I laid out set of experiments each after reading Winnie the Witch which was the only magic colour changing book I could think of. It looked quite unexciting which may explain why they both decided to dress up as Buzz and Woody!.  However, bicarbonate of soda tipped on top of powder food colouring makes a very exciting fizzing and bubbling potion when you add lemon juice. The colour was a surprise as the second picture shows. Vitamin C tablets mixed with water also create a great fizzing mess which smells lovely and creates orange water. And finally the crackling bath dust. Far more successful  this way. They had so much fun tipping and pouring that we used up all the rest of the sachets, all the lemon juice and all the bicarbonate of soda. Using pipettes and spoons is great for fine motor control, tipping and pouring is great for understanding volume, mixing the colours is great for discovering everything goes brown when you mix it together. I love afternoon’s like this. Especially as it was a break from a month’s worth of Christmas ideas.

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