How to Make Potions for Kids

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Kid potions can be used for entertainment, arts and crafts time and even science projects. Potions and concoctions can be made using several ingredients commonly found in the kitchen and laundry room. Two basic potion recipes that kids will enjoy include Magic Slime Gunk and Edible Glass. Magic Slime Gunk teaches children how two liquids can form a solid. The Edible Glass potion demonstrates how a solid can be heated and turn to liquid, and when cool reforms into a solid form. Allow children to participate making the potions to learn basic measuring and mathematics skills.

Magic Gunk Potion

    Mix together in a bowl 1 cup of water and 1 cup white school glue. Add a few drops of food coloring. Stir well. In a second bowl add 1 1/3 cup warm water with 4 tsp. laundry booster (Borax is a common brand name). Make sure the laundry booster is dissolved well.

    Pour the first bowl of ingredients into the second bowl containing the laundry booster. Do not mix. The two liquid solutions will form a solid.

    Pick the solid gel material out of the bowl. Store gel in plastic bags when children are not playing with the “magic gunk.”

    Add glitter or different, non-toxic colors to make a variety of magic potions. Mix black paint into the mixture to create Tar Potion, glow-in-the-dark paint for Slime Potion and a drop of red for Pink Bubblegum Potion.

Edible Glass

    Melt 1 cup of sugar in a nonstick frying pan. Heat the pan on medium heat and continuously stir the sugar. The sugar will eventually melt into liquid. Add a few drops of food coloring to mixture.

    Cover a cookie sheet with wax paper. Pour the liquid onto the cookie sheet. Allow to cool until hard. Remove the glass by allow children to break it off in chunks.

    Store glass chunks in a cool, covered area.

    Things You'll Need

    • Borax laundry booster
    • White school glue
    • Water
    • Food coloring
    • Plastic storage bags
    • Non-toxic paint
    • Glitter
    • Cookie sheet
    • Wax paper
    • Sugar
    • Food coloring
    • Nonstick frying pan
    • Spoon


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About the Author

Julie Hampton has worked as a professional freelance writer since 1999 for various newspapers and websites including "The Florida Sun" and "Pensacola News Journal." She served in the U.S. Army as a combat medic and nurse for over six years and recently worked as the Community Relations Director for a health center. Hampton studied journalism and communications at the University of West Florida.

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