Inside: Making a dragon spell with your children is a silly and unique way to have family fun.
When my daughter came up to me looking very serious and asked me to help her with making a spell that works, I was stumped for a good response.
“Spells are just pretend,” sounded like something a very boring mother would say.
And, “sure, let’s do it” sounded over-optimistic. The last time I tried doing spells was when I was 7, and I was trying to cast a spell on my parents to get me a dog. I didn’t get a dog until I was 13. We can say my spell worked, right?
But then, in a fit of inspiration, I thought, what if we use the power of words, like in affirmations, to do spells. We can pick something positive and meaningful to my kids and wish for it to become true (and it might). If you believe something to be true, it will become true. Sometimes 🙂
Friends, it turned out to be so much fun! We all laughed. The kids shrieked with delight. And, most importantly, they now believe in the power of positive affirmations, or the magic of directing energy to produce the desired effect. We call them “magic spells” for now.
What you need
A candle or two and something to start the fire
A cup or case (you can have one for each child or just one for the whole family)
A plate to put a cup on to contain the mess
(Optional) A stirring stick
Food coloring of your choice (red looked very dramatic in candlelight)
(Optional) Yummy smelling oils (we used peppermint)
What to do
Do this activity when it’s dark outside to make it more mysterious and special.
Light a candle (or two) and set it in the middle of the table.
Everyone sits around the table in candlelight. On separate pieces of paper, write down one dragon trait for each child that would be especially useful for him/her in real life.
Kids tend to pick something they especially admire about their favorite dragon (which is often a trait they wish they had), such as determination, courage, curiosity, resourcefulness, strength, sharp intuition, math wizardly, assertiveness, ability to learn anything, etc.
Stir your kids towards something useful for their
affirmation spell. For example, when one of my kids picked the ability to breathe fire, I said, “Home Fire Prevention and Safety Committee wouldn’t let us keep a fire-breathing child around. Pick something dragonish you can really use in your life today.”
When another kid picked the ability to fly, I said, “Not practical. The Federal Aviation Administration strictly forbids an unsupervised child flying. And you can’t get a pilot license until you are 16. Let’s pick something you can use right now. How about the courage to soar instead?”
Once you write down the desired dragon trait on a piece of paper, give it to each child. Instruct him/her to hold it tightly squeezed in his/her hands, ask the universe for that trait silently, breeze deeply five times, and when everyone is ready, say together Bibbiti-bobbiti-boo! As we wish it will come true! (You might need a couple of tries because everyone might be laughing so hard, they might have a hard time getting the words out).
After the laughs die out, ask the kids to tear their pieces of paper into tiny pieces while you put baking soda and food coloring in a cup (or cups). Kids can either put the pieces into their little cauldrons or burn them in a safe manner. (We have two fire extinguisher 🙂
Warning: vinegar is very dangerous for eyes, so if your kids are very little, use only one cup and set it in the middle of the table away from little faces. Only use fire if you are confident little hands are not going to grab it.
Once kids are ready pour vinegar in their
cups cauldrons. If they are old enough they can pour it themselves.
This magic brew was created by mixing baking soda, vinegar, and yellow food coloring.
Notice all that fizzing and foaming? It’s a sure sign that the universe accepted your request. Wink. Wink. If kids are receptive, you can explain the chemical reaction between baking soda and vinegar and the product of their reaction called carbon dioxide gas.
When you notice your kids losing interest in the vinegar explosion, proclaim, “Consider it done,” blow the candle(s) out, and … now is a good time to cuddle on a coach with a good dragon book.
What dragon trait would you wish for yourself? I think the ability to always understand where my kids are coming from would be great 🙂
If you are looking for more fun and play with spells, try this book of mythical incantations for wizards of all ages.