Learning through play: Making Magic Potions.

For a fun educational Halloween inspired activity my daughters (age 2 and 6) and I made magic potions. To incorporate as much learning within the activity as possible I made colorful apples, shape pumpkins, and plain pumpkins to write sight words on. That my daughters could mix into their potions. The purpose of the activity was to supplement my oldest daughters daily goals which are reading, sight words, writing, and math in a fun way. A way that also covers going over basic skills with my youngest consisting of shapes and colors. Originally I had planned on adding in alphabet pieces either alphabet magnets, alphabet puzzle pieces, or alphabet lacing beads. However this time my youngest quickly lost interest in the activity although we were able to cover shapes and colors before she moved on.

Learning I incorporated within activity…
-colorful apples for color recognition
-shape pumpkins for shape recognition
-writing practice as my oldest wrote down her own potions
-sight words written on pumpkins
-reading 2 pages of simple directions for the activity
-basic math as we added up the ingredients to make the potions

Stirring a magic potion.
Googly eye feathers my daughter made for the potions.
Zombie potion.
Zombie potion recipe.
Zombie face mask made out of a paper plate.
Basic math. Fitting in more double practice. 4+4=8 add one more and you get 9.
Pumpkin shapes cards laminated for durability.
I kept the cards blank that way I could laminate them and write new sight words each time we play with the cards.
Colorful apple cards laminated for durability.
Adding reading into the activity.
Adding reading into the activity.


I hope our Magic Potions inspired some fun learning through play ideas. If you prefer print free activities instead of using the pumpkins, and apple cards you could cut out fun potion ingredients out of construction paper.

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