Now that we have arrived at Hogwarts the first thing we needed to be sorted into our houses...
To sort the kids we used cell phones. I called my hubby and put my phone on speaker and shoved it in the hat. When I placed the hat on each child's head he could hear and respond to what the kids were saying and then would shout out what house they are to belong to.
Once they were sorted they received a coordinating badge and tie.
The ties and badges were also downloaded from the fabulous PropPrintables!
Here is my little birthday boy being sorted :)
Now that the students are all sorted it was time for lessons...
History of Magic
A quick class where we briefly discussed a bit about wands.
Spells & Charms
The students matched the correct spell or charm with what they did.
The kids were given some playdough and had a list of items to try and tansfigure it into different things...
Care of Magical Creatures
The kids headed outdoors to look for hidden dragon eggs
The kids put them in a fiery cauldron to hatch while we read about how to care for baby dragons.
When we finished discussing the eggs were ready to hatch. Inside was a baby dragon :)
They were those water expanding toys. The green dragon is the original size and the pink dragon is how much it grew after being in water one day...
For divination I created a crystal ball by taking a Magic 8 Ball toy and painted it with silver glitter spray paint.
The kids were to write down a couple questions and then ask the crystal ball for the answer :)
Mason's question was "Will I get another party?" and his answer was a definitive YES! Looks like I have some more planning to do!
The kids made a Beguiling Bubble Potion...
The Aconite Fluid was baby oil; for Basilisk Venom you can use water or club soda; the Mandrake Root were dog treats; Dragon Blood is food coloring; Unicorn Horn Powder is glitter; and Runespoor Eggs are Alka Seltzer tablets.
Mixing in the Dragon Blood with a Mandrake Root...
Once you finish mixing in all the ingredients add small pieces of Runespoor Egg at a time to get a Lava Lamp look...
It is pretty cool! The more Egg you add the more it bubbles and fizzes!
For herbology I wanted to do something other than a Mandrake, so I figured Fanged Geraniums are mentioned in the Order of the Phoenix so we went with that. When I hear the name the first thing I think of is Venus Flytraps :)
Packets were printed from the RPF
The kids took turns feeding the Geranium little pieces of meat, it was fun watching their expressions when the trap would close shut.
Defense Against the Dark Arts
The kids learned about Dementors and the Patronus Charm to protect themselves. After we were done talking we headed outside for some practice, but look what was waiting for us! A Dementor!!!
It was actually a piniata that I draped with a black plastic table cloth and cut the ends to look ragedy. The kids had a large wand (stick) and would practice by hitting the Dementor and saying "Expecto Patronum!"
We ran out of time for the Astronomy class, but I was going to have the kids pick a constellation and make a star map using black paper and poking holes with a pin where the stars would be. They would be able to hold the paper up the light and see the constellation shine through.
The information for this book was inspired by Wilkinsonquints and most of the text information came from Harry Potter Wikia. Pictures were gathered from various online sources as well.
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