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Magic Potions
Jools Logan Evergreen Outdoor Education

July 18th 2016

Is it educational?


Whether it's the twinkle of a shiny bottle containing alluring coloured liquids or the disgusting slop that only top class mud can provide, our youngsters love a good old mix up, this we know.


Take some transparent vessels such as jugs, bottles, jars, add a funnel and a pipette, introduce a little food colouring and point the little people towards your potion lab.  I guarantee it will be irresistible to them. They instantly become mad professors, crazy scientists or fairy folks.  Children and coloured water are a magical mix.

Popping back to my question ‘is it educational?’  Well the simple answer is yes, everything is educational, the real question should be ‘is it good education?’

Provide all of the above, stand back, observe and your answer will stare you in the face, or splash you in the face! With little effort you have just created one amazing enabling environment and established a place where the 3 prime areas of development can flow effortlessly. 

Listen to those gorgeous words being used...
Watch the fine and gross motor skills being practiced...
Observe the Science investigations and interactions...
See the Imagination running wild...
Listen to the recipes being discussed...
Interact with a new level of independent thinking from the child...


All of the above and careful measuring, pouring, mixing, squeezing, stirring, dripping.  This has to amount to good education, or as the books tell us we have created the characteristics of effective learning – well done, wasn’t it easy?

Just one more thing, move this activity on to include writing recipes for potions as well as using numbered jars and you're sure to get those specific areas covered too.


The only difficulty I have had with kind of learning is that I want a turn!​​

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