As is our tradition, we introduce the boys to Harry Potter on their eighth birthdays. My husband does it as a family read through the series, pausing between books until we feel the boys are old enough for the next book. There are voices involved, excitement, and maybe even a little butter beer!
Introducing kids to Harry Potter or any new book series
To introduce a new series immersive and fun, consider doing these things:
- Read the series aloud;
- Listen to it together on an audio tape;
- Cook food from the series;
- Encourage imaginative play between readings by picking up action figures or stuff animals or dolls that fit the theme;
- Gather arts and crafts ideas to supplement;
- Do a map study for the region the book takes place in;
- Do a small unit study on the culture and history period the book takes place in;
- Create your own identity and become a part of the book.
How we introduced Harry Potter to our son
First – a Harry Potter Lego mini figure set that also includes Hedwig – one of the favorite characters of our family.
Then came the goodies – Bertie Bots Every Flavor Beans (and trust us, you don’t necessary WANT to eat the bogey flavor or earthworm flavor or vomit flavored beans…and just who gets that job to say – I’ve had an earthworm, and this bean tastes just like it – I certainly wouldn’t want it!) We’ve gotten our candy from specialty candy shops in our area as well as online at Amazon.
And then came the Butter Beer! There are a billion recipes out there for every different version of Butter Beer you can think of. Some serve it warm, some serve it cold, some even serve it frozen. We went with a really simple version of the drink, chilled.
- 4 cup club soda or cream soda
- 2 cup butterscotch syrup
- 2 tablespoon butter
- Put ingredients into a large sauce pan and heat on medium low until syrup is bubbly and butter is melted.
- Remove and allow to cool.
- Slowly mix in club soda. Mixture will fizz quite a bit
- Chill in fridge
Other options instead of DIY Butterbeer
Flying Cauldron Butterscotch Beer
Starbucks Pumpkin Juice
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