Candy Potions

Invitation to play, invent and explore ~ Halloween Candy Potions

My kids are having so much fun creating and playing with Halloween candy.  Yesterday we shared a fun invitation to create and  Paint with Licorice  Today our little scientists are mixing up a batch of candy potions that you wont want to miss!

Candy Potions ~ Invitation to play with Halloween Candy

Have you met my sweet friend Shaunna from Fantastic Fun and Learning?  Not that long ago she shared an wonderful post all about Little Wizards at Work and I fell in love with her simple playful set up.  If you have not read her post yet, made sure you hop on over.  However plan to stay a while, Shaunna’s site it delightful and completely addicting!

Candy Potions ~ Invitation to play with Halloween Candy

Kids love mixing, pouring and playing, however by adding the element of candy turns something fun into a truly magical experience.

Potion Mixing Station:

Over the years we have collected a number of different science kits.  They always come with test tubes, pipettes, petri dishes, containers, tweezers, stir sticks, goggles and just about anything else that we needed for our simple Potion Mixing Station.

As for the candy, we used skittles, nerds, gummy bears, licorice, smarties, pop rocks, suckers, candy corn and just about anything else we could find.

Water, food coloring and glitter are also great additions.

Candy Potions ~ Invitation to play with Halloween Candy

Our little scientists found tweezers to be perfect for adding just the right amount of candy.  Don’t get me wrong, they used the dump method as well, they just liked playing with the tweezers.

Candy Potions ~ Invitation to play with Halloween Candy

I love my sweet little scientist’s look of concentration.  Getting just the right proportions of Nerds, Skittles, Candy Corn, water and food coloring can be tricky.  You can’t rush science.

Candy Potions ~ Invitation to play with Halloween Candy

 The scientists used suckers as a simple pestle for grinding and breaking up candies.

Candy Potions ~ Invitation to play with Halloween Candy

Instead of handing over jars of colored water, I set out the food coloring and let them mix just the perfect shade.  If you are doing the activity with little kiddos, then you may want to have jars of colored potion water ready to go just to make it easier for littler fingers.

Candy Potions ~ Invitation to play with Halloween Candy

 Goggles just make everything twice as fun!  I love our little mad scientist.

Candy Potions ~ Invitation to play with Halloween Candy

This simple invitation to create and play was a HUGE hit.  It kept the girls busy for hours, mixing, dumping, shaking, pouring and inventing.  Love it.

Candy Potions ~ Invitation to play with Halloween Candy

Our little scientists discovered that a Smartie was the prefect fit to wedge into a test tube creating a simple candy stopper.  They were amazed that it sealed so tightly that none of the blue potion leaked out.  The candy did eventually dissolve.  I love watching kids make discoveries.

Candy Potions ~ Invitation to play with Halloween Candy

Check out these Creepy Jars and Candy Labels that would be the perfect addition to your spooky concoctions.

Candy Potions ~ Invitation to play with Halloween Candy

For more great ideas on how to avoid the Halloween sugar rush, check out how we Painted with Jelly beans, Painted with Laffy Taffy, Nerds and Licorice, and created Candy Wrapper Turkeys.

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Make sure to click on the links below for more inspiring Sensory Play Ideas:

Candy Monsters from Blog Me Mom

Hershey Chocolate Playdough Recipe from Learn Play Imagine

Mouldable Edible Candy Clay from Mama Papa Bubba

Tomorrow we will each be exploring creative Learning Activities with Candy.

For more fun inspiration follow my Painting without Brushes board on Pinterest.

Until next time... xoxo Tammy!  

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5 thoughts on “Candy Potions

  1. I let my kids browse my “kids’ activities” board on Pinterest and show me what catches their attention. My son saw the picture of the test tube and was sold. They were having such a good time mixing and pouring that both kids broke into their personal Halloween stash to keep working after they’d used up the candy I’d set aside for activities like this. Thank you for the inspiration!

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