I scoured websites with ideas for activities and food, then added my own creative spin. Below are some of our camp highlights.
Next, I bought some Harry Potter School Rings and when the sorting hat was put on the kids' heads, they chose a ring from a bag I held out. I told them that the sorting hat took their wishes into account and if they had a strong desire for a particular house, they could choose again. Some were happy with their first choice and others picked until they got what they wanted. All in all, it kept feelings positive for the rest of the week.
Our brooms were the latest model of the Aguamenti Flyer (pool noodles and twig bunches). For the quaffle, I used a lightweight volleyball and for the bludgers, I found the Diggin Tough Sports Rock Playground Ball. It is a dense foam ball that looks like a rock. Perfect for bludgers! The beaters loved throwing these at opposing players from the sidelines. Here were our rules:
Players (7 on each team and 15 total)
- Chasers (3) - Carry Quaffle (only players that may score goals)
- Beaters (2) - Stay outside of field and throw Bludgers at Chasers and Seekers (one on each side). People hit by a Bludger must drop any balls and freeze for 10 seconds counting aloud.
- Keeper (1) - Tries to block the goals by the Chasers
- Seeker (1) - Circles the field and tries to catch the Snitch when it tries to run across the field (only Seekers may tag the Snitch)
- Snitch (1) - Circles outside of the field and randomly runs across trying not to be tagged by Seekers. Are not frozen if hit by Bludger.
Players must stay on their brooms at all times. Chasers come to center field for the toss up. Teams earn 20 points for getting the quaffle through the center hoop, and 10 points for each of the smaller hoops. Every 10 minutes, players will swap positions on their teams. The game ends when the Snitch is tagged.
- Chocolate Frogs (filled with chocolate chip cookie dough truffles)
- Pumpkin Juice
- Butterbeer (of course)
Our most fun (and messy) recipe was one of my own inventions...Potted Mandrakes. For Herbology class, I told my students we would be repotting mandrakes. Our "mandrakes" were actually chocolate rice cereal treats dusted in cocoa powder and planted in Oreo cookie "dirt." I got the ideas by looking at recipes people had created for mandrake cakes, many of which involved using a rice cereal treat mandrake covered in fondant. Instead, we formed the bodies around plant stems (washed thoroughly) using pipe cleaners wrapped in aluminum foil to make the arms and legs. The pots are biodegradeable paper pots that I got from the dollar bin at Target. I added labels I found here.
So that was our magical summer camp! We did many other activities, but hopefully some of these ideas will inspire you.