On Friday morning our son, Gabriel, woke up and proclaimed the day to be "Harry Potter Day." Now, internationally, "Harry Potter Day" is on May 2nd, but in our home it was September 4th. Gabriel declared that we could only do Harry Potter themed crafts, experiments, movies, books, etc. Normally we don't do "themed crafts." Can you imagine my mad dash for Pinterest? Thank goodness I found a few things that could be done with the supplies we had on hand.
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Harry Potter Wand Making
First off, Gabriel dressed up like Harry Potter with a overly large flannel shirt and a pair of blue jeans. This is the look Harry had in the earlier books when he was having to wear his cousin Duddley's cast offs. Then we painted the lighting scar on our sons forehead using face paint. Gabriel borrowed his Papa's fake glasses to complete his look. Next, he needed a wand. You will need...
- Chop Sticks
- Hot Glue
- Acrylic Paint
- Nature Items (like acorns and stones make great wand accents)
We decorated the chop sticks with the hot glue. You can add nature items to your want to make them more unique. Our son added an acorn to the tip of his Harry Potter wand. After the glue has dried paint the wand with acrylic paint.
The wands turned out wonderfully!
Harry Potter Potions Class
We called one of our other homeschooling families and invited them to our "Harry Potter Day." We met at the playground for a Potions Class. I used the ideas from Imagination Soup. This was really fun! I made jars of Bat Dung (Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans), Worm Guts (Dawn Dish Soap), Wolfs Bane (Peroxide), Basilisk Venom (Vinegar), Crushed Dragon's Bone (Baking Soda), Dream Fluid (Yeast), and Dragon's Blood (Red Food Coloring) just to name a few. We made Veritaserum and Exploding Polyjuice Potion! Afterwards the kids ran around the playground sending spells at each other. Expelliarmus!
After we came back inside from the playground we made "Butter-beer" using a recipe from Imagination Soup and watched "Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone." It was a hit with the kids! You'll need...
- 1 quart Vanilla Ice Cream
- `1/4 Cup Butterscotch Syrup
- 32 oz. Cream Soda
- Whipped Cream
Mix ice cream with cream soda in a blender. Pour into glasses. Top each glass with whipped cream and butterscotch syrup. Serve with spoons or straws. ENJOY!
Harry Potter's Monster Book of Monsters
We got the idea for our "Monster Book of Monsters" from Instructables. We improvised on their design to make each book unique. You will need...
- Fake Fur (the lining from an old coat works or you can buy fake fur from any craft store that also sells fabric)
- An Old Book or Photo Album
- Hot Glue
- Felt (for the teeth, and tongue)
- Googly Eyes
We used the fur from an old turtle pillow pet for one and the inside lining of a coat for another. We chose old photo albums as our books and cut the fur linings to cover both sides. The kids used hot glue to glue on the fur while I cut felt for the teeth and tongues of our monsters. Finally we added 4 googly eyes to finish off our monster books.
As the day came to a close I asked the kids what they thought about "Harry Potter Day' and they said, "It was the best day ever!" Now they are looking forward to a "Hobbit Day" and a "Doctor Who Day!" I must admit...I looking forward to those days too.
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