Making a fairy potion using water and natural things found around the garden is a fun, simple activity for children, combining outdoor fun with imaginative play. I remember doing something similar as a child – making “perfume” using water and hydrangea flowers. I don’t think the perfume was all that nice but it was certainly fun to make!
What I loved most about this activity was being able to just let the girls get on and make their potion, without needing any help from me other than the initial set up. I set up a bowl of water in the garden, with an old wooden spoon and then gave them a tub to help them collect the ingredients for their fairy potion.
The girls took it in turns to collect the ingredients. One would sit and stir the potion while the other found more things to add to it. Our final potion consisted of a mixture of rose petals, grass, white clover, buttercups and pebbles.
Jessica decided that the potion was a magic one that would help the fairies to fly. Sophie thought the potion would help the fairies make dinner. I suspect that her tummy might have been rumbling at this point as it was coming up to her own dinner time! We spotted some ripe raspberries in the garden which helped to keep her going!
Stirring the potion at different speeds was fun. Jessica liked to make the water splash over the sides of the bowl. Sophie was more cautious though, stirring the potion gently to stop it spilling. It was interesting to watch their different approaches.
Once the girls had finished making their potion, we poured it across the flower beds ‘for the fairies to collect’. I am sure they were very happy with it!
This year we’re taking part in #30DaysWild – a challenge from the Wildlife Trusts to get outside each day in June, do something wild and connect with nature.