If so (referring to your grandkiddos dressing as Harry Potter and NOT to the wonderful alliteration that I wrote), you might be interested in this clever, clever activity. (Even if your grandchildren aren’t into Harry Potter, grandchildren might be interested in wands anyway for Halloween. Or, granddaughters might be interested in having a wand when they pretend to be a fairy godmother.)
Amy over at Your Life Uncommon has a fantastic tutorial on how to make these realistically looking wands. All it takes is some paper, a herd of glue sticks, and paint. (Amy is so gracious to let me use one of her pictures here so that you, Dear Reader, can see an example of the wands that her tribe has made. She is SO creative!!)
Here are the directions in a nutshell. Roll up a piece of paper into a small cone. Fill with tons of hot glue. Paint it. Voilà! You have a fabulous wand. Simple, huh?
Please go to Amy’s site to see her great pictures and follow her easy-to-read directions. (My hat goes off to her. She did a wonderful job on creating her tutorial!)
Here are some additional thoughts about making wands with grandchildren. If you have small children, say under five years old, you might want to make the wand and fill it with hot glue before your grandchildren arrive. They may not have patience to fill up the wand with glue — and they might not have the dexterity. Wouldn’t want them to get second degree burns from hot glue now would we? That way, all they would have to do is paint the wand. That would be simple and quick for them.
Be sure to have plenty of glue sticks on hand. (Amy says it takes 3-4 but doesn’t mention if they are long sticks or squatty 5-6 inch long glue sticks.) It would not be cool to run out of glue mid activity!
You might want to have several glue guns on hand depending on how many grandchildren you have. Sharing for this activity could be mighty hard for anxious little Potter-wannabes.
If your grandchildren live far away, put the supplies in a box and mail it to them. Be sure to include the URL to Amy’s page so they can see a wand before they make one.
Of course when you have grandchildren over, you’ve got to have treats. Of course. You can make ‘wizard wands’ by getting pretzel sticks or pieces of licorice twists, dipping them in melted chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, or white chocolate and then rolling in colored sprinkles. You could serve cream soda and call it butter beer. (One site suggested putting a little bit of whipping cream in with the cream soda and stirring together.) Jelly beans are another popular treat for wizard parties.
You could make wizard hats as part of your activity. Here are some directions.
Hope you have loads of fun making wands, wizard hats, and eating some goodies.