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Weekly Activities - Magic Wand

Book of the week

Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.


The witch and her cat fly happily over forests, rivers and mountains on their broomstick until a stormy wind blows away the witch's hat, bow and wand. Luckily, they are retrieved by a dog, a bird and a frog, who are all keen for a ride on the broom. It's a case of the more, the merrier, but the broomstick isn't used to such a heavy load and it's not long before . . . SNAP! It breaks in two! And with a greedy dragon looking for a snack, the witch's animal pals better think fast.

Weekly Activity

After reading ‘Room on the Broom’ at basecamp, we explained that we will be making our own magic wands. We encouraged each child to find a stick of medium thickness about the length of their arm. If their sticks were too long, we used either loopers or secateurs to cut them to size. We then helped each child to wind double-sided tape around one end of their stick; the children then collected some natural items (i.e. magical things!) and stuck them onto their wands. Some of the children collected items in a pot and use twine or nails to attach the natural items to their wands.

We encouraged the children to think of a magic word or rhyme to go with their wand. We supported the children's pretend play by developing storylines with them involving their magic wands, words and rhymes.

Aims and Objectives

  • Explore natural materials

  • Use their imagination as they consider what they can do with different materials

  • Explore and respond to different natural phenomena in their setting

  • Explore different materials and tools

  • Develop manipulation and control

Home Activity

Make a magic potion.

When potion making with you child, it's a good idea to have some ideas of names for the ingredients to encourage them to use their imagination and simply because it's more fun. Here are a few examples to get you started:-

  • Dragon scales – small pieces of bark

  • Fairy needles – pine needles

  • Rabbit droppings – raisins

  • Ground eye of newt – a mysterious spice at the back of the cupboard!

  • Witches’ fingernails – pistachio shells

  • Ground magical mountain rocks – flour

  • Dried earwax – toasted coconut

  • Magical spring water – tap water

  • Liquid lizard guts – green paint

  • Dragon’s blood – red paint

  • Liquid sun – yellow paint

  • The light – white paint

  • Liquid sky – blue paint

  • Lavender, sage, rosemary – themselves

  • Leaves – themselves

Once everything is assembled, let them mix the ingredients in any way they choose and encourage them to explain what they are doing, as they are doing it. Lastly, don't forget your cauldron to mix in (e.g. a bucket or bowl). Then get mixing, get messy and have loads of magical fun!

Don't forget to upload your magic potions to Tapestry so we can show their friends what they made.

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