What’s in the Witch’s Kitchen?

We did a science exploration to go along with What’s in the Witch’s Kitchen? by Nick Sharratt. Nick Sharratt is October’s featured author for  the Virtual Book Club for Kids.

Science Exploration and Potions Lab to Go Along with What's in the Witch's Kitchen by Nick Sharratt - Part of the Virtual Book Club for Kids

What’s in the Witch’s Kitchen? by Nick Sharratt

What’s in the Witch’s Kitchen? is a fun book for this time of year. It is a lift the flap book with a special twist. The way you open the flap {left or right; up or down} will determine what you find in the witch’s kitchen. Open the refrigerator. Will you find tasty cheese or bats with fleas? Open the flap to the left, you will find one; open the flap to the right, you will find the other. It is a cute book that my son loves to read again and again.

Witch’s Kitchen Science Exploration and Potion Making

I recreated some ingredients from the witch’s kitchen – inspired by the book and our own imaginations.

Here’s what you’ll find in our witch’s kitchen:

Science Exploration and Potions Lab to Go Along with What's in the Witch's Kitchen by Nick Sharratt - Part of the Virtual Book Club for Kids

  • A burnt ghost – toast {In the book, the ghost is in the toaster.}
  • Goblin’s pee – orange juice
  • Wiggly worms – gummy worms {In the book there are spiders and snakes. Aiden wanted worms instead of snakes.}
  • Rabbit plops – raisins
  • Ghost poop – marshmallows {Not in the book, but a fun addition nonetheless.}
  • Slimy frog spawn – jello cut into small balls
  • Bats with fleas – chocolate bar cut into a bat shape

bats with fleas

 Aiden chose a few of the ingredients to eat as a snack. We talked about the ingredients – what they looked like, their smell, and their taste. We practiced making observations.

Then, I suggested some potion making. He, of course, was game.

Here’s the setup for the potions lab:

Science Exploration and Potions Lab to Go Along with What's in the Witch's Kitchen by Nick Sharratt - Part of the Virtual Book Club for Kids

I dissolved some baking soda in water and colored it red. You could pretend it’s blood I suppose. I colored some vinegar blue. I asked Aiden what the blue liquid was. He determined it was paint. {Go figure.}

Add the red liquid {blood} and blue liquid {paint?} to the witch’s cauldron. Observe bubbles and a color change. Your liquids are now purple.

Science Exploration and Potions Lab to Go Along with What's in the Witch's Kitchen by Nick Sharratt - Part of the Virtual Book Club for Kids

Then, add some of the other ingredients from the witch’s kitchen and observe what happens.

The raisins will dance in the baking soda and vinegar {similar to our dancing candy hearts}.

Have fun mixing and combining ingredients! {As long as you are working with edible ingredients, your ingredients should be safe to mix.}

Virtual Book Club for Kids Co-Hosts

Here are the blogs co-hosting the Virtual Book Club for Kids. Be sure to see what Nick Sharratt books and activities they chose. 

Toddler ApprovedThe Educators’ Spin On ItRainy Day Mum– 3 DinosaursLearn~Play~ImagineCrafty Moms ShareReading ConfettiInspiration LaboratoriesMom to 2 Posh Lil DivasKids Yoga StoriesEnchanted Homeschooling MomReady-Set-ReadBoy Mama Teacher MamaPlayDrMomFantastic Fun and LearningGrowing Book by BookRoyal BalooThe Outlaw Mom® BlogKitchen Counter ChroniclesTeach PreschoolMama SmilesCoffe Cups and CrayonsJuggling With Kids – Here Come the Girls

Now it’s your turn! Link up your posts about a Nick Sharratt book you read and your related activity {project, craft, recipe, etc.}.


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