Specimens and Potions

2188 Explore outside to create a special jar of specimens and potions for Halloween.


  • To engage in imaginative play
  • To explore outside in the fall season

Before You Start: Gather materials needed: an empty jar (jam, peanut butter, mason jar, etc.), Liquid Watercolor™, wiggly eyes, paint brushes or paint droppers, various cups for paint and water and natural items found outside. Lead a nature walk outside to gather acorns, twigs, plants, grass, dead flowers, etc. Provide the children with a small bag to use to collect their items.

Let's Get Started! Step 1. Fill the empty jar about half way with water. Pour, mix and add Liquid Watercolor™ to the jar until you get the desired color.

Step 2. Add items collected from outside to the jar.

Step 3. Glue or attach self-adhesive wiggly eyes or other decorations to the outside of the jar.

Step 4. Use the creepified jar to decorate for Halloween!

Furthermore: While working, talk about the different items that were collected on the nature walk. Try to discuss and identify each item. When mixing colors in the jar, talk about color blending. What new color does two other colors create?

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