11 Pretend Potions Your Kids Can Create Today

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Part science experiment, part Harry Potter, the following concoctions are safe for kids and totally fun to mix up. From fizzing and foaming to bubbling and bewitching, we found a few magic potions for kids that can be whipped up in no time, so grab those wands, and read on for 12 awesome science projects for kids.

Agnes Hsu via Hello, Wonderful

Love Potion Lava Lamp

Part love potion, part lava lamp, we’re crushing on this concoction from Agnes at Hello, Wonderful. Using simple ingredients you probably have in your pantry, you can whip up your version in no time. 

Anna Ranson via The Imagination Tree

Fizzy Fairy Potion

Little fairies will love this fizzy potion that sparkles too! We love that you only need five basic ingredients and, of course, a wand for stirring. Get all the details from Anna over The Imagination Tree.




Mad Scientist Potion

This simple outdoor session is just lots of good (not so) clean fun. Find out what mama Jen used to set it all up over at Mama.Papa.Bubba

Upstate Ramblings

Witches Brew

White clouds of witches brew make these colorful drinks other-worldly. Dry ice is the key to this cool effect (with parent supervision, of course); hot water and soap can thicken the spell. Bubble over to Upstate Ramblings for the tutorial.

Hands on as We Grow

DIY Lava Lamp

A little more effervescent than the lava lamp of the ’60s, this potion made from oil, water, and Alka-Seltzer will get your kiddos all bubbly. These elixirs are easy-to-do and exciting to watch; Jamie from Hand On As We Grow has the instructions.


Little Bins for Little Hands

Rainbow Potion

Sweet and colorful, this sugary brew makes the gradient with sugar, water, food coloring, jars and a dropper. Your little wizard will be amazed at these layers. Pop-on over to Little Bins for Little Hands for the directions.



Ana Dziengeli via Babble Dabble Do

Glow-in-the-Dark Potion

Just glow with it. Potion-masters-in-training will need a little help from parents on this one, but the effort is worth the glow-in-the-dark effect. Ana Dziengel at Babble Dabble Do mixed corn syrup, baby oil, and water with a few “magic” ingredients for a luminous potion that doubles as a science experiment. 

Insider tip: keep the fun going with these glow-in-the-dark science experiments. 


Trisha Hass via MomDot

Glittering Galaxies

Easy to make with minimal mess, little mix-masters can craft their own swirling nebulas with a mason jar, cotton, water, glitter and paint. You can thank Trisha over at MomDot for this mystical potion that just might get your little magician calm for her afternoon nap. 


Thomas Brogan via Des Moines Parent

Wiggly Worm Brew

This magic brew is a little on the messy side (be sure to find the right spot before getting started), but it’s hands-on slimy slithering fun. Head on over to Des Moines Parent, to get the how-to for coloring the spaghetti, then mixing in cornstarch, baking soda, salt and water. The last step is to watch with your little wizards to see what happens next!


Bar Rucci via Art Bar

Have a Potion Party

Potion-making is as easy as mix, whisk, color and create! Have your little wizards gather half-bottles of household items like shaving cream, and shampoo, then add spice and dabble-e-doo! You’ve got a magic potion party. This fanciful fest was the inspiration of Bar Rucci over at ArtBar


Jackie Currie via Happy Hooligans

Garden Soup

Is there anything more natural than kids whipping up a little garden-centric potion on a warm, sunny day? Probably not, which is why we love the setup from Jackie over at Happy Hooligans. With just a few ingredients, your kids can get their dose of outdoor play in a cool setting. 


—Nikki Station, Erin Lem, Amber Guetebier & Gabby Cullen



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