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Magic Potions

Magic fairy potions

The boys both enjoy playing with coloured water at school, so we thought we’d have some summer-holiday fun making magic potions. It’s really fun and not too messy if you do it outside in the garden!

You will need plastic bottles of various sizes. Jam jars look wonderful, but glass plus children is not for the faint hearted, so is best avoided. Best to stick to old travel size shampoo bottles or drinks bottles. If you have any plastic cauldrons left over from Halloween, even better! Fill the bottles with water then dye it with a few drops of paint. We used some watercolours – you don’t need much.

Magic Potions

Have fun naming all your different ingredients and writing out a magic spell. We had (left to right) sea water, unicorn juice, sloth’s spit (my six-year-old came with that one!), jaguar juice, mineral crystals and precious nectar!

We took everything out onto the grass with some plastic measuring jugs and created some magic…

Magic Potions


We also found lots of special ingredients for the potions in the garden – such as fairy hats (red and white petunias) and green caterpillars (grass). The finishing touch was a good sprinkling of glitter!

This was such fun and the boys really got into it. While we were making them it suddenly got incredibly windy and dark and we realised we’d accidentally made a storm spell. Magic!

Magic potion making for kids


Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Now we are six: our favourite books for six-year-old boys

My six-year-old son, Gabriel, loves to read. We are very lucky that his reading has come on in leaps and bounds over the last year and I feel so happy and proud when I see him reading a book all on his own. But it’s still a joy to share books together cuddled up on the sofa, with his little brother, Tom, loving every word too. Here are a few of our current favourites. Not a definitive list by any means!

The Wombles by Elisabeth Beresford


We absolutely adore the Wombles in all their forms – books, music and television. Ages ago, I stumbled across an old Wombles annual from 1976 in a charity shop and we’ve enjoyed reading the stories so much together that we bought Gabriel this lovely edition of the original Womble stories (from the 1960s) for his birthday. It is beautifully illustrated and the writing is much better than the stories in the annual! The book is divided into chapters, which makes it feel suitably grown-up, and each one is the perfect length for a bedtime story. This edition also includes a CD, with three stories read by Bernard Cribbins.


Sadly, we were 39 years too late to enter the exciting competition.

Winnie’s Pirate Adventure by Valerie Thomas and Korky Paul


There are lots and lots of Winnie books to choose from, and this is a current favourite in our house. What I absolutely love about these books is the incredible detail in the clever, witty illustrations by Korky Paul. I find this makes the books appeal to slightly older boys – the story the pictures alone can tell is completely fascinating. It’s all good fun and makes us giggle.

The Jolly Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg


This is an absolute classic, which I adored as a child. Like all of the Ahlberg’s books, this has wonderful illustrations and –even better – it contains lots of real letters, to be unfolded from envelopes and little books to read. It’s a real story-within-a-story. Unfolding the little notes and letters needs care, and I’m delighted that Gabriel is finally old enough for it. It takes a long time to read everything included though, so be warned that this isn’t a quick read and needs a good half an hour!


The Twits by Roald Dahl


A classic, full of the kind of details that little boys find amusing (and girls too, I loved this one as child!). Disgusting beards with maggoty green cheese? Plucky little monkeys? You’ve come to the right place! It’s all a bit weird and disgusting, but in the best possible tradition. If your boy is a confident reader he will do well reading this on his own, but I think Roald Dahl books are meant to be shared together and work so well when read aloud.

The Lego Ideas Book


We have quite a few of these Lego books, published by Dorling Kindersley. You can usually pick these up for a good price and they are crammed with ideas for quirky Lego making. No instructions are given, but it’s certainly inspirational. Gabriel will pore over this and then run off to make something amazing that I could never manage! This is a great book which they can enjoy whatever their reading level, as the pictures do most of the talking.

We are always looking for new discoveries, and I would love to hear about the books your children love! I will share some more of our favourites soon.