Hogwarts – Week 1

24 Feb 2011 by admin, 2 Comments »

Every year, my children’s elementary school runs an after school enrichment program in February. The program is staffed by parents who volunteer to teach a skill, play a game, or do a craft. For the past several years, my friend Amy and I have teamed together. The last few years, we’ve done a class on making miniatures. This year we branched out — far out. We’re teaching Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry!

Our curriculum for the first class involved sorting the students into houses, selecting wand cores and making wands, and some trivia and spell practice. We also planned to start some spell books and make feather quills but ran out of time.

Making the wands was so much fun! We gave our “first years” four wand cores to choose from (pipe cleaners). They selected two and had to swish and flick them for us to decide which was best for them. Then, black card stock was rolled around the core to make a wand. Using glitter hot glue and stick on gemstones, the wands were decorated and personalized. No drying time (love hot glue!) and instant fun.

Our hour flew way to quickly. I had as much fun being “Professor McAllen” as the kids had being first years. The second class was equally as fun. We did potions and made feather quills. More on that later!


  1. Nancy says:

    I hope all this “potion making” produces some actual chemists out of these Hogwart-obsessed children someday. I wonder what they will remember of their obsession with Harry Potter when they are old & gray. I’m sure we’ll have re-make after re-make of the movies when the current crop of kids turn 40-50 years old.

  2. Danielle says:

    You are super creative, again and again and again! Okay, this question I have is about having your kids in school away from home. We did that this year with my oldest who is six and it was a wonderful experience. It is a small school, private, half day. Next year, he will be in public school, 4-star school, wonderful everything, but I’m nervous. What has your experience been like with your kids in school and what type of school is it? Public or private?

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