Potion Club is open for business….
Things I like or need to do:
- Garden in the sunshine
- See my kids garden in the sunshine
- Encourage my kids to practice their handwriting
- Encourage my kids to be entrepreneurial, deal to their own boredom and earn their own money
- Relax in hot baths after a long day
Things kids like to do:
- Pick flowers – in their view, that is the point of growing them right?
- Bash things
- Make goo
- Make up spells
- Decant and fill anything, ideally repeatedly
- Have a water fight
- Make labels with scissors, felt tips and cellotape or glue
- Be given money
- Not be yelled at for getting under everyone’s feet and complaining of being bored
And so week three of the seemingly endless school holiday, a new win-win activity was born. In my quest to eek out more time in the garden I launched – “Potion Club.” The seeds of this idea were actually sown four months before at 1am in a Dubai hotel room. I was supervising a very jetlagged child who, after 20 hours on a long haul flight, was simply not having any more screen-time, despite my begging. He decided instead to sit in the tiled bathroom and pulverize the entire contents of a complimentary fruit basket into a tropical mystery juice – grapes, apricots, pineapples, satsumas and a number of other miscellaneous varieties. I would like to add that he did this silently and conscientiously for nearly 40 minutes after which he fell asleep. I told myself that it is very possible that I am nurturing the next generation of Cowshed/Innocent Smoothie/Ella’s kitchen entrepreneurs.
Very simply, potion club works like this: the boys collect, dissect and pummel the life out of an assortment of approved species of flora, mix with oils, press it through a sieve, bottle it, design labels and try to flog to anyone who comes within a foot of the house.
Now I can imagine that this is a no brainer with little girls, but I am still astonished at the success with little boys.
This takes up approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes, during which time they are outside for well over one hour and I get a bona fide treat in my long hot bath that evening. Gardens – the gift that keeps on giving. So far the eldest has made £5.
All you need is a chopping board, mortar and pestle, a bowl, a sieve and old jars and lids for bottling. The truth is that the more paraphernalia you can pull out of the kitchen for them to experiment with, the better. A little research tells me almond oil is the base of choice, but hey, we had olive oil, so olive oil it was.
Once bottled they can then create their own labels.
I am still working on the disclaimer: This product is hand crafted and may contain some inconsistencies. This is all part of the natural blending process. This product contains no preservatives and may go off or start to smell like a stinky vase if not used TONIGHT. This product is produced in the growing environment of three small boys. Cross contamination of small boy matter cannot be ruled out. That about covers it. Enjoy!
I found some great tips on making proper bath oil blends here at Savvyhomemade.com. The Happiness Oil sounds great and I am also intrigued about the relaxation benefits of the ‘Alcohol Oil’. That would be R18 however, and require a new workforce.