Make a homemade magic kit for your toddlers and preschoolers using basic household items and supplies. With the hat and magic wand, they’ll feel like true magicians. This activity will provide hours of imaginative pretend play.
Remember the 5 minute magic wand that I showed you the other day? Well, this is the magic kit that I made to go along with it.
This cost me nothing to make, and it was really easy to put together. It’s great for pretend play, it doubles as a bit of a sensory/sorting activity, and a child can play with the set by themselves, or put on a “magic show” for others.
How To Make A Homemade Magic Kit:
To make your Magic Wand:
To get instructions for making our homemade magic wand, click here.
How To make a Magician’s Hat:
- Paint a paper bag black. I supported my paper bag by slipping it over an small, over-turned garbage pail. This made it easy to paint all the way around the bag in one go.
- Once dry, roll the edge of the bag outward, and continue to roll until you’re happy with the size of the “brim” you’ve created. This brim was once the INSIDE of the bag, and will require a quick coat of black paint.
- When dry, tie a wide ribbon around the hat.
Magic Kit Accessories:
Now for the fun part!
Get creative here, and search your cupboards, craft supplies and toy room for items you think a Magician would use.
I came up with cups and a pom pom for the infamous “cups and ball” trick. You could use a bouncy ball, but a pom pom is less likely to roll away on young children.
I added a couple of silk scarves. These are perfect for stuffing into the hat, and for making objects “disappear”. You can pull the scarves through a clenched fist, or simply swirl them through the air.
Every magician needs a small animal to pull out of his hat!. We don’t have a rabbit, so our monkey got the job.
Lastly, I added various items of interest that could be both used for performing magic with, or for simply exploring and playing with:
- A couple jars
- ribbons and laces
- a few playing cards
- a handful of craft sticks
- several sea shells
- and a dozen or so plastic gem stones
These items added to the activity as the hooligans sorted them into piles, dropped them into the jars, and poured them from one container to another.
Now I’ll show you some photos of our junior magician at work!
And when you’re ready to pack it away, everything can be stored in the hat until the next time!
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.