Easy Activity: Magic Potions for Kids

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By Megan Sweeney

Easy Activity: Magic Potions for Kids

Source: Savannah Russo

Still looking for indoor activities to keep those kiddos busy during spring break or on a rainy day when you can't get them outside? We turned to Woodstock, New York-based mom Savannah Russo to share a fun kitchen table project her kids loved this week.
"On a snow day - I needed help! I love a good screen-free moment that gets the kiddo's brains and creative juices flowing and I often turn to Susie Allison's Instagram page @busytoddler for inspiration," Russo said.
"I love her page because she is real about parenting. She offers amazing ideas for engaging kids and keeping them busy but is also a former kindergarten teacher, so she really gets early childhood education and development. I can't say enough great things about her!"
Russo is a mom of two young boys who works for Global Health Visions, a woman-owned consulting company focused on global health and development. She visited BusyToddler specifically because the ideas often involve items she already has at home.
savannah russo's kids making magic potion at the kitchen table Source: Savannah Russo

Making 'Magic Potion'

"Potion making, as we call it in our house, is one of my son's favorites!" Russon says. She used two muffin tins (one for each child) and let them scoop baking soda into each muffin cup.
She then let the kids drop various food coloring into each cup with the baking soda.
Next, they filled two separate bowls with vinegar and grabbed some spoons and medicine syringes for the boys to use. The fizz when the vinegar meets the baking soda creates a colorful potion that never fails to excite and entertain.
They spent an hour mixing new colors and adding vinegar to their creations. "A total win in my book!" she says.

To make your own magic potion all you need is:

  • Baking Soda
  • Food coloring (we like these all-natural Watkins dyes because they're made from veggie juices and spices rather than synthetics)
  • Vinegar
  • Plastic syringes (the ones you get with infant medicines work nicely)
  • Muffin tins
Looking for even more great ideas to keep your kids busy? We've put together a list of easy ways to keep kids active indoors (even if you don't have much space).
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