Only minor explosions in the magic potions lab

Here are some photos from my latest “Magic Potions” workshop.

I don’t deliver this one very often, as it is rather hard to scrounge up all the ingredients. And then there’s the aftermath. It can all be rather exhausting. ( A student’s mothers said to me afterwards, “I  commend you for this. You have a lot of energy.”)

But when you see an eyeball floating in a brew of pixie juice, mummy dust, and burning acid . . . well, it’s all worth it:


This workshop doesn’t look like it on the surface, but it actually has a lot of educational writing value. It is an excellent way to teach the five senses. The young wizard’s apprentices record their observations as they concoct their enchanted elixirs: what their potions look like, smell like, sound like, and feel like to stir. Of course, I don’t let them taste them. That has been a problem in the past. This time, just to cover myself, I made them sign a waiver:


Here’s some other photos of the activity in progress . . .












There is usually a few explosions in this workshop. Thankfully, this time, there were only two of note . . .



At the end of this workshop I always receive a common complaint: “Why can’t we take our potions home?” I try to explain that riding home in the back of mom’s car with an open cup of a concoction that includes burning acid, basilisk blood and slime of toad is not a very good idea. I remedied this problem for this class, by bringing little vials so that I could still a portion of each potion and give it to the students. Alas, the bottles are too small to fit an entire goblin eye. But, as one mother said at the end, “Well, at least the eye ball goop is in the vial.”


You can catch a closer glimpse of many of the ingredients in my current kit by visiting my Pinterest page.


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