Make a nature potion

A simple way to have fun with natural materials. Grab a jar (or even a cauldron) and go on an adventure to see what you wonderfully magical recipes you can make.

Supervision may be required for young children. Remember, potions are for looking at, not drinking.

What will you need:

  • A jar
  • water
  • leaves, herbs or petals

How to make a nature potion:

  1. Take your jar and fill 3/4 with water.
  2. Add some natural ingredients to your potion from the garden. Or you could go a walk first to collect your materials if you have to go further afield.
  3. Experiment with lovely colours and scents – autumn leaves, pine needles, garden herbs and flower petals work well.
  4. Stir with a stick or a wand.
  5. Note what floats, sinks, dyes the water or even smells.
  6. Try adding vinegar instead of water and topping off with a magic spoonful of bicarbonate of soda… stand back!

Follow on ideas:

© Lyndsay Mark

Share photos of your wild potions using #DiscoverLearnPlay

This activity was created as part of our annual Halloween celebrations at

Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve and Visitor Centre.

Time to complete


Suitable for age

Suitable location

Curriculum linked

Expressive Arts (Art and design; participation in performances; drama)

Sciences (Ecology, biology, natural history, planet Earth topic)

Numeracy and Mathematics (Number and measure)

Social Studies (People, place and environment)

Health and Wellbeing


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