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This week we are making magic potions! Here are some additional activities you may want to try (apologies parents...)


  • Write a magical shopping list with lots of unusual and gruesome ingredients.
  • Do some grizzly baking in the kitchen with an adult - measure out the ingredients and use your imaginations to invent some ingredients (milk could be toad slime, flour as crushed dragons teeth!) 
  • Fill up different containers with 'potions' can they say which is the fullest/ emptiest - can you put them in order or use a measuring jug to record the amounts?
  • Have a go at some of these magic potion science experiments:

Fizzy potions

What you need:

  • Baking Soda ( Bicarbonate of Soda )
  • Food colouring
  • Vinegar
  • Test Tubes (or clear containers)
  • Pipette (or teaspoon)



  1. Place a teaspoon of baking soda in each test tube and a few drops of food colouring. You could add a little water and washing up liquid as well.
  2. When you’re ready to make your potions fizz use the pipette to drop a little vinegar into each test tube.
  3. Experiment with different amounts of baking soda, washing up liquid and vinegar to find the perfect fizz!

Colour changing potion

What you need

  • Red cabbage (chopped)
  • A pan
  • Strainer
  • Jugs, jars, beakers
  • Vinegar
  • Washing up soap



  1. Place your chopped red cabbage into a pan, cover with water and heat until the water turns purple.
  2. Carefully pour the mixture through a strainer to remove the red cabbage and collect the solution in a container.
  3. Pour the indicator into smaller beakers
  4. Add different amounts of baking soda or vinegar to each one
  5. How many different colours can you make?

Rainbow magic

What you need:


Hot water 




  1. Arrange the skittles around the plate in a circle or semi-circle, try and group them into the colours of the rainbow or a rainbow colour pattern 
  2. Carefully add the hot water into the middle of the plate so the skittles have a thin layer of hot water around them
  3. Watch as the colour begins to seep around the plate 
  4. Send us a photo of your experiment!