Wizarding: Potions, Chemical Reactions, & Spelling Patterns

Illustrations of a chemical reaction inside a beaker, a bubbling cauldron, some magic wands and a padlock

This resource includes five wizard and magic themed activities introducing 5 different concepts (Chemical Reactions, Density, Solids and Liquids, Logic and Languages) to second level students (P5-P7). This resource was developed for the holiday club at St Francis’ RC Primary School. The five activities are explored through the story of Wiz the Wizard sending the students an introductory letter, asking them to complete these activities to become Wizards in training! There is a certificate included in the download that can be presented if users want to upon completion of the activities.

Activity 1: Potion 1: Fizzy Potion. This involves making a magic potion that will expand and fizz up in your container using a simple chemical reaction from everyday materials.

Activity 2: Potion 2: Magic Liquids. This involves mixing some everyday liquids that become a little bit magic when they are in the same container and do not mix together as you might expect.

Activity 3: Potion 3: Slimy Potion. This involves making some very simple slimy slime from only two everyday ingredients. This slime seems to be a bit magic as it appears to switch between a solid and a liquid depending on how much you touch it.

Activity 4: Code Breaking. This is a session using logic to achieve Maths outcomes through some code breaking, which is important for wizards to communicate!

Activity 5: Latin Spells. This activity gets students to link modern language English words to the classical root language of Latin through learning simple words that can be Wizard spells. Such as ‘multi aqua’ to make lots of water.

This resource was created as part of the GeoScience Outreach Course, which is a 4th year undergraduate course in the School of GeoSciences aiming to provide students with the opportunity to develop their own science communication and engagement project.

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This resource was created by Jennifer Struthers, as part of the Geoscience Outreach course. Adapted by Kay Douglas and Alysha Wilson. Unless otherwise stated, all content is released under a CC-BY-SA 4.0 license. 

Header Image is composite of: “Cauldron” by OpenClipart-Vectors Pixabay free use CC BY 3.0. “Magic Wands” by Mahesh2021 Pixabay free use CC BY 3.0. “Chemical Reaction Flask” by Clker-Free-Vector-Images Pixabay free use CC BY 3.0.Padlock” by Davide Eucalipto is licensed under CC BY 3.0.