Hogwarts – Week 1
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!