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
- leaves, herbs or petals
How to make a nature potion:
- Take your jar and fill 3/4 with water.
- 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.
- Experiment with lovely colours and scents – autumn leaves, pine needles, garden herbs and flower petals work well.
- Stir with a stick or a wand.
- Note what floats, sinks, dyes the water or even smells.
- Try adding vinegar instead of water and topping off with a magic spoonful of bicarbonate of soda… stand back!
Follow on ideas:
- Make a moth brew potion to attract moths.
- Turn your potion into a storm in a jar – it’s really very relaxing to watch.
- Come up with the perfect potion recipe and write it in a spell book.
- Use a paintbrush to paint your garden with your magical potion.
Share photos of your wild potions using #DiscoverLearnPlay
This activity was created as part of our annual Halloween celebrations at