Are you ready for some Hocus Pocus?
We are continuing with the Halloween theme here at Habitots this week and have been busy mixing up lots of weird and wonderful Magic Potions. Using ingredients commonly found in your kitchen you can make worms, fizzy explosions, dragons eggs and more.
A great combination of sensory play, science and creativity to bring out the mad scientist in anyone!
Set up shallow dishes filled with white vinegar in a large tray/container. Colour the vinegar with a few drops of food colouring and add a squirt of dishwashing liquid (this makes the eruptions extra foamy). Sprinkle a spoonful of
bi-carb soda over each dish of vinegar and watch the liquid slowly fizz and bubble over the edge. Magic!
Cook the spaghetti as normal on the stove. Drain and rinse once cooked. Put the spaghetti into a large zip-lock bag and add a few drops of food colouring. Squish the colouring around until all the spaghetti is coloured (this is a great activity for little hands). Rinse well again. Put the coloured spaghetti into a container along with some toy insects, tongs, even scissors for some squishy sensory play.
Tapioca Pearls (Try an Asian supermarket)
Much the same as the spaghetti worms. Cook the tapioca pearls in water for 8 minutes on the stove. Drain and rinse once cooked (they look larger and slimy). Put the pearls into a large zip-lock bag and add a few drops of food colouring. Squish the colouring around until it's all coloured (this is a great activity for little hands). Rinse well again. Put the 'dragons pearls' into a container partly filled with water. I added dragons and pirates treasure to find, but these pearls are great for all sorts of water play.
Along with the spaghetti worms, they stay 'fresh' for a few days if you keep them in the fridge when not being used.
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