Eye of Newt, Wool of Bat, Tongue of Dog


“Eye of Newt, Wool of Bat, Tongue of Dog” – These are some of the funny ingredients from my daughter’s favorite book series Ivy and Bean, and I’m making jars of them as a surprise for my daughter because she LOVES making potions and her birthday is shortly after halloween. She’s going to freak out with excitement. I’m also making her a “Potions” book, which will be all fun to her even as she’s learning proportions, measurements, how to follow directions, and more. Seriously, I can hardly wait to present her with this gift. So, here’s what I did…

I gathered some acorns and tongue-shaped leaves from our front yard, then grabbed a cotton ball from our closet. I first used tempera paint, but it would’t stick to the acorns or leaves, so I tried the watercolors that were sitting on the table beside me – score! If you use very little water and paint 2-3 layers it works quite well. I dipped and smashed and stirred the cotton ball wisps into the paint, and swirled it around with a paint brush. I can’t lie, it was lots of messy fun. Of course, as you can see, I am not a perfectionist, nor am I very detail-oriented. So you might have some great ideas to share and know of a better paint to use…feel free to let me know in the comments because I’m sure this won’t be my last attempt at this type of project. Luckily, my little apple doesn’t fall far from her mama tree, so imperfections won’t even be noticed. Again…score! Lol

Tongue of Dog Tongue-shaped leaves painted red. Acorns painted white with blue irises & black pupils Acorns painted white with blue irises & black pupils Cotton ball painted black and pulled apart. Cotton ball painted black and pulled apart.


Ironically, as I painted and created these items…and generally made a mess…my partner was reading this very book to our daughter in bed. The plan was to read part of it, but it’s such a fun book…they read the whole thing.

My daughter LOVES making potions, and the first time we made potions was at a friend’s house…I love our friends. So if you’re looking for some easy potions, we use these items quite a bit more often than Eye of Newt, Wool of Bat, and Tongue of Dog:

  • Baking Soda
  • Corn Starch
  • Colored Water
  • Vinegar
  • Expired dry food items (it happens, ya know?)
  • Nature collections: pine straw, pebbles, dirt, leaves, acorns, flowers, grass

And if you’re wondering what some my “potions” might look like, here are some of the ideas I have:

“Eyeball Into Acorn Potion”

1 x Eye of Newt
1 tsp baking soda
1 TBSP vinegar
1/2 cup water

Directions: Pour water over newt eye and let set while you combine the baking soda and vinegar. While it’s fizzing quickly add the eye and water. Place lid on potion, close your eyes, and shake vigorously.

“Magical Thinking Potion”

1 pinch Wool of Bat
1 Tongue of Dog

Directions:  Dig a hole in the garden, place ingredients in the hole, cover well. Wave your hand over the grave while using exactly 5 words to wish for something you want to happen.


“See A Bird Potion”

1 Eye of Newt
1 Wool of Bat
2 Toilet Paper Rolls

Directions: Place the eye of Newt on your right foot, the Wool of Bat on your left foot, and hold 1 toilet paper roll in each hand while gazing up at the trees. Say a sentence that contains 2 words that rhyme.


Sometimes humor is one of my FAVORITE parts of parenting, and I’m so blessed to have a fun and funny kid!

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4 Responses to Eye of Newt, Wool of Bat, Tongue of Dog

  1. amb says:

    Im late to this post but my daughter and I just started reading this series and I remembered long ago that you had posted this. our sink table has been indoors for dr play but i will be setting it up as a potion table for after school ivy and bean fun. thanks as always for the inspiration to explore with our kids.

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