With the birth of Spring unfolding, why not head outdoors and make PETAL POTIONS. Right now daffodils, crocuses and tulips dance majestically in the Spring breeze inviting you to join in the celebration of Spring.
The fruit tree blossoms will also gift the most deliciously light fragrance to your potions and remnants from Autumn such as rose-hips and old leaves will add texture. Dried or fresh lavender is a wonderful addition too.
Making potions is a very popular activity in our outdoor classroom and so incredibly simple. It offers great sensory and motoring skills for young children. It also provides endless amounts of explorational fun for all ages.
What you will need:
- A variety of petals, blossoms, leaves, etc.
- Several recycled jam jars, jugs, pots or clear tubs
- Water and a stirring stick
Gathering your natural items from nature
Be respectful when gathering any item from nature. Just like our children, the flowers, rocks and sticks are sacred and must be treated with love and respect.
“The perfumed flowers are our sisters.” – Chief Seattle
We collect by hand the magical treasure locally. Our respect for the treasure gifted by Mother Earth is shown through our protocols of always ask first and give thanks for what is given. We only take what is needed.
When out gathering, discuss poisonous plants and watch out for stinging nettles and bugs that may bite.
“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” -John Muir
Young children love to transport water from one place to another. Pouring the potions from one jar to another is great for motoring skills. Repetitive action reinforce skills.
Try to provide as many jars of different shape and sizes.
Now for stirring the potion: Have the children hunt for their very own mixing stick, we love to personalize the sticks.
Note: The petals will eventually turn brown after a few days, Mother Nature’s way of letting you know it is time to return the potion to the earth. Simply pour over the earth giving thanks. Rinse out jar ready for another day.
Here is a short video on HOW TO MAKE PETAL POTIONS:
Older children may wish to add natural food colouring to make a “Harry Potter Potion”.
“Just living is not enough, one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” Hans Christian Anderson
You can also purchase adorable little potion bottles from most art stores.
What is wonderful about this nature activity is that you can make potions anytime of year!
Go on, head outdoors and make some magic potions this weekend, love and peace Marghanita xx