Potion making with Meg and Mog. The younger two weren’t going to let a bit of rain stop them getting outside for their messy play.


  • Pans
  • Ladle
  • Magic wand (bread stick)
  • Frogs eyeballs (baked beans)
  • Caterpillars (pea snaps)
  • Wiggly worms (grated cheese)
  • Chopped up snake (rasperry rice cakes)
  • Insects


Finn planned this activity. First up were the frogs eyeballs. Finn was a but upset at first, when Cian tried to ‘help’ him pour. I reminded him it was messy play after all.

Next were the wriggly caterpillars.

Finn mixed in the wiggly worms, he normally enjoys eating grated cheese, but it turned out that when they were mixed in to the potion he thought they looked too realistic to taste. Cian clearly wasn’t phased by that!

The chopped up snake was next, followed by the insects.

Finn did some magic tricks. Cian preferred eating his magic wand, rather than making spells.

Ioan chose to stay indoors and read some of the Meg and Mog books we got from the library instead. We love that this summer he is able to read the stories independently.

When Finn had dried off, they both drew a picture of Mog. Ioan also drew a Meg and Mog scene for Daddy’s office.

DfES Early Learning Goals (2017)

Communication and language

ELG 01 – Listening and attention:

Children listen attentively in a range of situations. They listen to stories, accurately anticipating key events and respond to what they hear with relevant comments, questions or actions. They give their attention to what others say and respond appropriately, while engaged in another activity.

ELG 02 – Understanding:

Children follow instructions involving several ideas or actions. They answer ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions about their experiences and in response to stories or events.

ELG 03 – Speaking:

Children express themselves effectively, showing awareness of listeners’ needs. They use past, present and future forms accurately when talking about events that have happened or are to happen in the future. They develop their own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas or events.


ELG 09 – Reading:

Children read and understand simple sentences. They use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately. They also read some common irregular words. They demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read.

Expressive arts and design

ELG 17 – Being imaginative:

Children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role-play and stories.