Harry Potter Potions Classes

The Harry Potter series turned 20 years old this year (I feel old!), and my library decided it was only appropriate to have a week of Harry Potter activities. One of my programs was a Harry Potter Potions Class. I opted to split this class into two different sessions. I wanted a k5-3rd grade session and a 4-6th grade session. This allowed me to do very simple “potions” with my younger crowd and harder “potions” with my older crowd.

For each session, I found different science experiments that would work with the Harry Potter theme. I assigned each experiment a potion name to give it a more authentic feel.

Potions Class: K5-3 Grade

Introduction I had two statements to make before we started our class.

  1. The kids must listen to me. I would not give new items to the students who messed up their experiments because they were not following directions.
  2. It was OK if their experiment failed. the potions did not always work in Harry Potter either.
Flobberworms: (15 minutes) This was a very easy experiment to conduct. I would recommend soaking the gummy worms in the baking soda mixtures before your program.

I did have a volunteer pre-cut my gummy worms before the program. We tried a knife. Horrible. Scissors worked better to get thinner gummy worms.

The kids enjoyed watching their worms move. We added more baking soda to get them to shake. You can also coat the gummy worms in baking soda.

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Source: bitz & giggles

Atmospheric Charm (15 minutes) Another easy “potion” the kids enjoyed. It does take some patience, as the “rain” has to get through the clouds. Slowly adding food coloring will allow for a cooler effect.

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Source: The Happy Housewife

The Draught of Sickness (15 minutes) I wanted to provide the opportunity for the kids to experiment with their own ingredients instead of me dictating how much of each item to pour into their cups. I also spiced up the original list by adding alka-setlzer tablets. This added a more authentic feel to the draught of sickness.20638465_1344586275590416_2363382686671614455_n

Source: Brisbane Kids

 

Polyjuice Potion (15 minutes) I felt it was only appropriate for me to demonstrate a more a difficult potion for the kids. Dry ice will always get some kind of reactions from the kids. The kids are also always up for kool-aid! Bonus tip: Run the dry ice over a metal handle to make a mandrake scream.

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Source: Our Best Bites

 

Potions Class: 4-6 Grade

Introduction I had two statements to make before we started our class.

  1. The kids must listen to me. I would not give new items to the students who messed up their experiments because they were not following directions.
  2. It was OK if their experiment failed. the potions did not always work in Harry Potter either.
Beautification Potion(15 minutes) I was unable to do a test run of this potion before the class. Citric acid is a bit more expensive, and I wanted my one bottle to last longer. To really make sure I had enough ingredients for my kids, I had my volunteer premix the citric acid and baking soda. We then walked around and doled out the portions. I was unable to get any pictures of this experiment, since I was helping the kids with their dough.

Source: Tried and True

Ice Potion/Fire Protection Potion

 

 

We did not make this one. We ran out of time.

Source: Instant Ice

Exploding Fluid (15 minutes) This was the overall favorite for the kids. We did have some mishaps (A kid got some vinegar in his eye. Another group dropped their bag of vinegar all over their seats…). However, once we got outside, the kids went wild. They would go to each bag and watch it explode.

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Source: Coffee Cups and Crayons

Polyjuice Potion (15 minutes)  

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Source: Our Best Bites

Bugs Off

I knew I was taking a risk with doing a bugs program. I was either going to get kids who are fascinated by bugs or kids who hate bugs. I did not want to traumatize the kids, so I went for cool fascinating facts of why we need bugs. The age group for this program was K5-3rd Grade.

Introduction Bug Off! (5 minutes)

This was 5 minute presentation about why we need bugs.

The kids got a real kick out of dung beetles.

Science Experiment Warm Bugs, Cool Bugs (10 Minutes)

Hot Water
Cold Water
Glow Sticks

Which one is going to glow brighter? The Stick in the warm water or the cold water?

Discuss with the kids why they think it happens.

I then discussed why fireflies glow brighter in certain weather conditions.

Switch the sticks and see what happens.

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Source:Discovery Express Kids

Outside Activity Magnifying Glasses and Bug Bingo (10-15 minutes)

I found some sweet Bug BINGO cards. I gave each kid a BINGO sheet and magnifying glass. We then went outside and searched for bugs in our garden. I knew they were only going to find a few of them. However, the kids had fun running around trying to find bugs.

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Pollen Experiment Pollen Experiment (10 Minutes)

I was a little more hesitant with this experiment. I was not sure if the kids would enjoy it. However, they had a BLAST.

We set-up half of the meeting room with cupcake cups filled with Cheetos. We then taped bees to the kids’ hands. They had to fly around the room and move Cheetos to different cups.

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Source: Little Warriors

Cocoon Experiment (optional) Toilet Paper (5 Minutes)

This was optional if I still had time. I did! I picked three random kids. We wrapped then in toilet paper and had them bust out. Told them to ask permission to do this one at home.

 

Kinder Gardens: July 2017

Opening Song I’m a Little Seed by Miss Carole
Book (Rain) 7149888
Action Rhyme There’s something in my garden
There’s something in my garden,
Now what can it be?
There’s something in my garden
That I can’t really see.
Hear its funny sound….
Ribbit – Ribbit – Ribbit
A Frog is what I found!
Ribbit-Ribbit-RibbitRepeat rhyme using other animal sounds.

Source: Sunflower Storytime

Action Rhyme Jumping Beans
One, two, three, four. . . (jump four times)
Beans came jumping through my door. (stop)
Five, Six, Seven, Eight . . . (jump four times)
Jumping right on to my plate! (stop) (I had them sit down on this part).

Source: Sunflower Storytime

Songs For Wiggle Worms You are My Sunshine

This was the last Kinder Gardens for the summer. I read somewhere that plants like music, sooooooo I gave the kids instruments and allowed to make “music” for the plants. We will see if it helps the plants grow.

The kids also helped weed and checked out how the plants were growing.

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Kinder Gardens: July 2017

Opening Song I’m a Little Seed by Miss Carole
Book (Rain) 13544449
Hand Rhyme Five Little Flowers

One little flower growing just for you.
(hold up 1 finger)
Up came another and then there were two.
(hold up 2 fingers)
Two little flowers growing near a tree.
Up came another and then there were three.
(hold up 3 fingers)
Three little flowers growing more and more.
(move hand up)
Up came another and then there were four
(hold up 4 fingers)
Four little flowers growing side by side.
Up came another and then there were five.

Source: King County Library System

Songs For Wiggle Worms You are My Sunshine

It rained us out of the garden on this day, so we were stuck inside. However, it made for the perfect opportunity to paint rocks for our gardens. Painting rocks has been a HUGE hit for our library. Our adult librarian has provided several sessions for adults. We have received numerous requests for rock painting for kids and teens.

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Kinder Gardens: June 2017

My library recently acquired four garden beds for our community. I collaborated with my assistant director, who is a HUGE gardener, about this program.

I thought it would be appropriate to have program allowing our tiny patrons an opportunity to garden.

I structured this program to have a mini storytime (think 10 minutes) followed by garden activities.

This was my set-up for the first Kinder Gardens:

Kinder Gardens, June 21

Opening Song I’m a Little Seed by Miss Carole
What is a Garden?

What do you need to garden?

Why should we garden?

 
Book  Up, Down, and Around by Kevin Henkes

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Action Rhyme Little Seed in the Ground
Little seed in the ground (crouch down on the floor)
Sitting so still (stay crouching)
Little seed, will you sprout?
Yes, I will! (jump up!)Source: https://sunflowerstorytime.com/2010/11/17/up-down-around/
Songs For Wiggle Worms You are My Sunshine

We then moved outside:

We had the children plant seeds and plants:

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We also weeded one of garden beds:

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Our grand finale was releasing ladybugs to help our plants:

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Miss Briony’s Bubble Party

We decided to change some things up at my library this year. Instead of having six performers, we opted to do some big programming ourselves. One of these programs was Miss Briony’s Bubble Party. Not going to lie…..I had some major anxiety leading up to it. However, it went wonderfully well!

I knew I was going to have a large turnout. I decided to create several stations to help split up the crowd.

Station 1: Bubble Mania!

We have our own bubble machine, but I knew we would need a professional grade bubble machine. Luckily, I found a machine to rent and used it in conjunction with our bubble machine. This obviously was a favorite spot for the kids. They loved being bathed in bubbles.

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Station 2: Wand Art

I really liked the idea of the kids being able to blow their own bubble art. I found this idea here. The kids seemed to enjoy it. However, it was a bit too windy for them to really get the artwork going. Most kids ended up smearing the colored bubbles on to their papers.

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Station 3: Bubble Art

I really thought this station was going to be the least exciting for the kids. I was wrong. I was not in touch with my inner 3-year-old, and I forgot how much kids enjoy blowing bubbles in liquid with straws. Found this project at this website. We did modify this project and did not place the papers on top of bubbles. The wind was too strong.

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Station 4: Whisking Bubbles

I really wanted a station where little hands could easily control their “bubbles.” I found this idea of whisking bubbles. Super easy to recreate if you need to refill the station. Surprisingly, this was also a big hit with the older kids.

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Station 5: Free For All

I ended up creating our own bubble solution for the free for all. I figured I would get more solution than buying from the store. My research also indicated that making your own bubble solution=stronger bubbles. The big key with making your bubble solution is allowing it to sit overnight at the bare minimum.

The kids were able to make bubbles using their own hands, try out random utensils to make different bubbles, and make giant bubbles. I had a super awesome volunteer who made these wands for me. We were able to save 98% of them.

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Body and Senses Storytime

I’m trying a different format for the website. We will see how much I like it. This was my first storytime for our summer reading program. I did it specifically for our Picnic Storytime.

Introduction Tickle the Sun

Tickle the Sun.
Tickle your toes.
Clap your hands
And tickle your nose.
Reach up high.
Reach down low.
Turn around,
And say hello!

Source: Storytime Katie has a closing version she found on pinterest. I wanted an opening song, so my coworker reworked it to make an opening song.

Book I Got the Rhythm by Connie Schofield-Morrison

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Flannel Mr. Potato Head

Template Source: Oopsey Daisy

Mr. Potato Head, What Do You Need?
by Shawn Wolf

Mr. Potato Head, how will you see?
I’ll give you some eyes so you can see me.

Mr. Potato Head, how will you smell?
I’ll give you a nose so you can smell well.

Mr. Potato Head, how will you taste?

I’ll give you a mouth so you can eat cake.

Mr. Potato Head, how will you hear?

I’ll give you some ears so you’ll know when I’m near.

Mr. Potato Head, how will you touch?

I’ll give you some hands so you can feel much.

Mr. Potato Head, your head looks so bare.

I’ll give you a hat with some crazy black hair.

Mr. Potato Head, how will you run?

I’ll give you some feet so you can have fun.

Source: Read, Rhyme & Sing

Book Spunky Little Monkey by Bill Martin Jr.

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Stretch/Rhyme: This is Big, Big, Big/Clap Clap Your Hands

Clap, clap, clap your hands
Clap them now with me
Clap your hands, let me see
Clap your hands with me

Beep, beep, beep your nose
Touch, touch, touch your shoulders
Tap, tap, tap your knees
Shake, shake, shake your feet

Traditional Rhyme  Toast in the Toaster
Nursery Rhyme This Little Piggy
Action Rhyme All of Me by Jessica McDonald

My hands are for clapping (clap)
My arms can hug tight. (hug)
My fingers can snap (snap)
Or can turn out the light. (cover eyes)

My legs are for jumping (jumping)
My eyes help me see (make binoculars)
This is my body, (show outline of body)
And I love all of me. (hug self)

Action Rhyme Peal The Banana
Form banana, form form banana. (Arms in banana shape.)
Form banana, form form banana.
Peel banana, peel, peel banana. (One arm down.)
Peel banana, peel, peel banana. (Other arm down.)
Go bananas! Go, go bananas! (Jump up and go bananas.)
Go bananas! Go, go bananas!Form an orange, form, form an orange. (orange shape.)
Form an orange, form, form an orange.
Peel an orange, peel, peel an orange. (Lower one arm.)
Peel an orange, peel, peel an orange. (Lower other arm.)
Squeeze an orange, squeeze, squeeze an orange. (Squeeze your body)
Squeeze an orange, squeeze, squeeze an orange.

Form the apple, form, form the apple. (Lift arms above head.)
Form the apple, form, form the apple.
Slice the apple, slice, slice the apple. (Slicing movements.)
Slice the apple, slice, slice the apple. (Slicing movements.)
Eat the apple, eat, eat the apple. (Act like your eating)
Eat the apple, eat, eat the apple.

Form potato, form, form potato. (Form potato)
Form potato, form, form potato.
Peel potato, peel, peel potato. (Lower one arm.)
Peel potato, peel, peel potato. (Lower other arm.)
Mash potato, mash, mash potato. (Stomp, jump on floor)
Mash potato, mash, mash potato.

Form the corn, form, form the corn. (Lift arms above head)
Form the corn, form, form the corn.
Shuck the corn, shuck, shuck the corn. (Lower one arm.)
Shuck the corn, shuck, shuck the corn. (Lower other arm.)
Pop the corn, pop, Pop the corn. (clap hands)
Pop the corn, pop, Pop the corn.

Form banana, form form banana. (banana shape)
Form banana, form form banana.
Peel banana, peel, peel banana. (One arm down.)
Peel banana, peel, peel banana. (Other arm down.)
Go bananas! Go, go bananas! (Jump up and go bananas.)
Go bananas! Go, go bananas!

Dance Song Popcorn Barenaked Ladies
Dance Song Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
Traditional Song ABCs
Goodbye Song Tickle the clouds
Tickle your toes
Turn around
And tickle your nose
Reach down low
Reach up high
Storytime’s over
So wave goodbye!
Source: Storytime Katie

Rhyming to Read: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star and Jack and Jill

Introduction of the Rhyme:

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
How I wonder what you are!
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.
How I wonder what you are.

I sang it once through and then had everyone sing with it me.

Action Rhyme:
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star (Flash fingers open and close)
How I wonder what you are! (Hand on forehead, looking up)
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky. (Make a diamond with your fingers)
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. (Flash fingers open and close)
How I wonder what you are. (Hand on forehead, looking up)
Source: Hang Loose, Mother Goose

Book: I Am A Star by Jean Marzollo

I only read a few pages here and there of this book. It was great introduction to my science portion of this section.

Song: I printed off three different pictures of actual stars, and I briefly talked about how blue was the hottest star while red was the coldest.

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I finished with this action rhyme:

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom:
Zoom Zoom Zoom
We’re going to the moon
Zoom Zoom Zoom
We’re going to the moon
If you want to take the trip
Climb aboard my rocket ship
Zoom Zoom Zoom
We’re going to the moon
10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
We have blast off!

Craft:

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Source: I found something very similar on pinterest and unfortunately did not save the link.

My second rhyme was Jack and Jill. I wanted to do something different and decided to take a “safety” approach to this rhyme.

Introduction of the Rhyme: Jack and Jill
Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of water.
Jack fell down and broke his crown,
And Jill came tumbling after.

Action Rhyme:
Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of water. (Make climbing motions)
Jack fell down and broke his crown, (Fall to the floor)
And Jill came tumbling after. (roll hands)
Source: Mother Goose on the Loose.

Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of water. (Make climbing motions)
Jack fell down(Hit right thigh with right hand)
and broke his crown, (Hit left thigh with left hand)
And Jill came tumbling after. (Roll hands)
Source: Mother Goose on the Loose.

Put a Bandage on My Knee
Tune: Farmer in the Dell

Put a bandage on my knee,
Put a bandage on my knee
Oh please take care of me
Put bandage on my knee.

Put a bandage on my head,
Put a bandage on my head
Oh please put me to bed
Put bandage on my head.
Source:Makinglearningfun.com

I had a volunteer make me some flannels, but I decided to use real band-aids instead for this song.

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Activity: Safe Vs Not Safe

I thought this would be fairly simply activity board to create. Surprisingly, I had to dig around to find some pictures that illustrated safe and not safe activities for kids. Good ole Arthur came through for me.

I would hold up the picture and ask the kids if the activity was safe or not safe.

Song: No More Monkeys by Asheba.

I busted out the parachute and some puppets for this activity. We threw the puppets on the parachute, and the kids had to keep the puppets on the parachute. The final 30 seconds the goal was to get the puppets off parachute. The kids LOVED this activity.

Craft: Doctor’s Bag

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Source: One Little Librarian

American Girl: Earth Day

Our one and only American Girl program for spring happened to land on Earth Day. I felt that it was only appropriate to do a Modern Girl session by upcycling crafts that I already had around the children’s department. You can find a TON of activities to do for this kind of program. I had to limit myself to four of them. This program was also very loosely structured compared to my other American Girl programs.

Our first craft: CDs/DVDs
Supply cost: $0

I wanted something other than a mobile for a CD project. Researching, I found several sites where people painted CDs with black acrylic paint and then etched a design into them.  As a library, we have a whole bin of old CDs and paint is always to be found. We used push pins as our etching tools, as I wanted the little hands to have some sort of handle on their utensil for etching. I would say to remind people that this is a time consuming project. It takes patience to etch away the black paint. I also think the older participants and adults enjoyed this activity more than my younger participants.

Second Craft: Batik Paper
Supply Cost: $0

I found this craft idea in Make Your Own Crafts: Eco-Crafts by Sally Henry and Trevor Cook. All you need is either coloring sheets or plain paper (I used scrap paper), crayons, water-based black paint, and paper towels.

My participants colored a picture of their choice or drew their own design with crayons. The trick is to really color the entire paper and to color heavily. Once they finished coloring, the kids crumbled up their papers into a tight ball and re-smoothed it out. Once it was flat again, the kids then painted over their picture with the water-based paint. We had to water down our paint because it was a tad thick. If the paint is too watery, you can mop up the excess with a towel.

We covered each picture with another piece of paper and then carefully placed the iron on top of the clean paper for a second. We would lift up the iron and press it on a new section. DO NOT IRON the paper or leave it on for too long. It will make the papers stick together. Once you have applied the heat pull apart the two papers.

This was a favorite among the participants. I actually had several adults ask to see the book, so they could get the instructions to do at home.

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Third Craft: Chalkboard Tins
Supply Cost: $1.98

We had a patron who donated mini Altoids tins to our library. My co-worker originally was going to use them, but she graciously donated them to me for my program. I also had chalkboard paint.  I only needed to buy the chalk for the kids.

This was the clear winner for the kids. All they had to do was paint the inside of their tin. Ideally you would allow the tin to dry for a few hours and then paint another coat. We didn’t have that kind of time, so we would let the tins dry for about 20-30 minutes and then apply another coat. Some of the tins did have quite a bit of paint from some overenthusiastic painters, but it all worked out. Instructions can be found here.

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My last craft I unfortunately do not have a picture of it. One of my volunteers found wooden flowers of varying sizes. She created little baggies that contained one colored Popsicle stick, one big flower, and one little flower. The kids (really an adult) hot-glued them together.

I think the next time I do this program I would like to incorporate making dirt cups. I just was a leery of how much time I would have for everything.

American Girl: Molly McIntire (October 2016)

This was my last American Girl Program for 2016, and I really wanted to do something extra special. I brainstormed for several weeks and realized that Molly allowed me to incorporate the holidays from October-December into the program. I also was afforded the opportunity to pair with my one of my coworkers to provide a special element with her own organization.

The Set-Up:

 

 

 

The Plan:

I thought because of Molly’s father being in the military during WWII it would be perfect for my participants to write letters and draw pictures for the military overseas. My coworker runs a Book For Soldiers (but sends out to all branches of the military), and I said I would have my people write their letters/pictures and she can put them in the care packages for the Winter Holidays!

We also made up some goody bags! For majority of the year, she cannot send chocolate out, so we made sure to include chocolate.

The second part of the program was for the participants to make their own hulu skirts in honor of Molly’s own hulu skirt for Halloween. We talked about how during WWII many kids resorted to making their own costumes.

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I found instructions at this site. I kept it fairly simply. I figured since Molly’s skirt was green then our skirts should be green!

 

Snack:

I found out that kids ate doughnuts and tootsie pops during Molly’s time. We also had Apple Cider, since Molly had Apple Cider during her Halloween!