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Mix, Stir, Fizz ... It's Time For Potion Play. How to make your own fizzy potions play tray.

Looking for a really fun play idea? Here is an absolute winner!

Fun potion play idea for kids.
Fizzy flowery potion play!

Want to make some fun potions with your child/children without a fancy potion kit? Keep reading to find out what we used.

Potion play is so much fun! Both my girls enjoy it and this play idea kept them playing for ages while they poured, mixed, observed the bubbles, stirred and did it all again.

I set up this potion play tray on an afternoon after school.

*Always supervise water play. Play idea recommended for ages 3+

What we used:

  • Mini play saucepans

  • Plastic jugs

  • Fresh flowers

  • Water - both uncoloured and coloured pink with a few drops of pink food colouring and little sprinkle of eco glitter for sparkles (our eco glitter is from The Creative Toy Shop*)

  • Bicarb soda

  • White vinegar

  • Twisty droppers and paint pipettes (both from The Creative Toy Shop*)

  • Silicone ice cube trays

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This is what the invitation to play and make potions looked like before the girls began playing.

Potion play invitation to play for kids.
Pots, flowers and jugs set up as an invitation to play.

Potion Playtime:

To play I added bicarb soda to the ice cube trays for the girls. I added some plain water in jugs. I ended up adding a couple of drops of food colouring to the water to make coloured potions and a sprinkle of eco glitter.

This video shows what the tray looked like before the potion mixing began.

We also had some vinegar in a little jug, which the girls used twisty droppers to put drops of vinegar onto the bicarb soda to create a fizzing reaction.

The really enjoyed this and had fun making the little bubbles and mixing all the coloured water together to make potions.

Fizzy potion play tray for kids
The fizzy potions are lot of fun!

Fizzy potion play tray for kids

The potions made the best fizzing noises!

Fizzy potion play tray for kids with pink water and flower petals.
The pretty pink water was fun to play in!

Extending the play:

To make this invitation to play last longer, we added in some panda animal figurines and little fairies.

The sparkly pink water made a fun small world to play in!

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Have you tried potion play before?

  • Yes! It is so much fun!

  • Not yet, but would like to.

  • Yes, but only with a bought potion

  • Yes - homemade potions!

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Thank you for reading this blog post! I hope you found some inspiration for creating some magical potion play for the little ones in your life.

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