It’s late and I should be sleeping but I just came across these pics of my little one making one of her favorite flower potions and I thought everyone needs to try this. It’s so easy and fun, especially if you have a little flower girl like I do. Flower potions are great for outdoor summer play and in LA it pretty much always feels like summer, so we’ve been doing this a lot.
This is really an imagination thing and every child will do it differently so I recommend going on a nature walk first to collect flowers and any bits of nature that interest your child.
Next, set out a bowl with a side of water and a pair of scissors and the rest is pretty much up to them.
If your child needs a little prompt you can ask “Have you ever made a flower potion before? Hmm…I wonder how you would make one? Here are some tools. I’m excited to see what you come up with.”
My 3 and a half year old was waaaay into this. No prompts necessary. She actually was the one who told me that it was a flower potion. I think at one point she started calling it porridge too. I love when kids use the word porridge.
After we made it, we decided to put it in the freezer and took it out the next day for some more play with her big sis. They were both so into it. It was like a super cool frozen fruit cake. Does anyone else have daughter’s that call each other sis and sissy all day long? Mine do and it is pretty much a heart melter every time.
So there you have it, good old fashioned outside summer play. If you like this idea you might like our nature soup idea too. That was a big hit when we had our own lemon tree in the backyard. Happy (almost) summer everyone and thanks for reading along. xo Meri
How fun! What kid doesn’t love making potions? I distinctly remember doing this as a kid– picking flowers from our rose garden and turning them into “perfume” to give to my mom. Thanks for the reminder!
Wasn’t it the best?! Trying to get back into the simple things lately and this one is perfect. Thanks for reading!
I remember doing this in my art classes and kids looooved it. Adding glitter was fun too. It turns out that rose petals and some other flower petals have pigment in them, so we actually did this project with the intention of making a natural watercolor out of the petals. We even used a mortar and pestle to crush up the petals to get better pigment. It was so fun! The actual watercolor was pretty faint, but a fun experiment. You can see the old post I wrote about it here: http://www.theartpantry.com/oil-pastel-drawings-and-making-our-own-paint/
I’ll check it out Megan. Sounds great!
So much fun, my daughter did this, and we love to give the book Mudpies and Other Recipes by Marjorie Winslow – it’s a great prompt, and so sweet.
Ooo, I’ll have to check it out. I don’t know that one. Thanks!
Your post inspired me to try this with my son & he loved it!! 🙂 We used rose and poppy flowers from our garden and also added crystals and sea shells ❤
Oh I’m so glad to hear it!
We did it. wonderful…Thanks for the idea.
We did it , it was amazing. Thanks for the idea.
Wonderful!!! and gorgeous pics. So glad you enjoyed it!