Potion-making is a popular pastime around here. Often it is simple mixtures of water and various found nature items; other times it’s more of a chemistry project. This time, I collected a number of favorite potion-making supplies:
- baking soda
- sequins (left over from another project)
- a bouquet of flowers picked from our yard
- squirt bottles of liquid soap (next time I think I’d dilute this)
- cabbage water (red cabbage simmered in water until most of the color is gone)
Cabbage water is the new and most thrilling ingredient. Turns out that it is a natural pH indicator, so it changes colors depending on the mixture. Add an acid, it turns pink; add a base, it turns green. Very exciting.
Also, the kids love the real scientific glassware, which I picked up at The Scrap Exchange, a local “creative re-use center.”
The mess from this is always more than I anticipate–even when working outside–but the utter and total glee from the girls is entirely worth it. The baking soda-vinegar reaction just doesn’t get boring. Plus they spin wonderful tales about fairies and potions and magical remedies while they’re playing.
Next time, though, I may reconsider the sequins. Easier to clean up than glitter, but I’m still finding them everywhere, I swear.