Make Your Own Wizard’s Brew

When I made this Father’s Day Science Kit one of the activities was this bubbling wizard’s brew. One sunny Sunday we pulled out the kit and started to play. This science experiment creates lovely, colourful, sparkly wizard’s or witch’s brews and is a really fun way for young children to practice skills in questioning, predicting and communicating their ideas – all while playing!

Make Your Own Wizard’s Brew

You will need:

White vinegar
Food dye
Glitter
Washing up liquid
Bicarb soda
Glass jars/containers*
Metal spoons*

1. Half fill each container  with vinegar, add several drops of food dye then sprinkle in some glitter.

2. Add a dollop of washing up liquid and gently stir the mixture with a spoon.

3. Add a heaped teaspoon of bicarb soda and see what happens!

For easy clean up we did this experiment outside, but you could do it inside on a tray or in a sink.

*The experiment specified glass jars and metal spoons, so that is what we used. This was safe to use with one child, but if I had more than one child I’d be reluctant to use glass. I would like to try this experiment with plastic containers and spoons, so see if the result changes. If you try it, please let me know!

Child led play: As always, one of my favourite parts of any play experience is seeing where Pebble wants to take it next. This is what she wanted to find out:

What happens if we add water?

What happens if I tip the mixture into a bath of water?

How can we get the containers clean? (yes, she is a neat freak!)

What happens if we put paper on top of the colours?

What happens if I put the paper into the bath water and scrunch it up?

There are lots of opportunities for talking during this play experience:

What will happen next?
How did that happen?
Why did it happen?
What would happen if?
What does it look like?
What does it feel like?

Would someone in your life like a Science Play Kit for Christmas? 

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11 Replies to “Make Your Own Wizard’s Brew”

  1. Ooh, will have to give this a go with my girls. They love mess so I’m not sure they’d consider how to clean the jars but I’m sure they would have a ball creating their brew!

  2. This is a fabulous idea that can easily be incorporated into play dates or parties. Kids can start out by making wizard hats or magic wands, to be followed up with a magic story. Once they’re all inspired, they can then go outside, make their potions and defend their castles, smite down the unworthy and turn the land into a bountiful garden! Can you tell I miss my childhood?

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