Wizards begin training at Hogwarts Summer School

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Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.Girls at the Hogwarts Summer School program on June 21 at the Poland library made their own slime using household ingredients.

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Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.Children inflated a balloon using vinegar and baking soda while at the Hogwarts Summer School program on June 21 at the Poland library.

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Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.Children used milk, soap and food coloring to make a tye dye effect on a plate during the Hogwarts Summer School program on June 21.

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Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.Each child got a logo of which Harry Potter school they belong in to decorate their wizard notebook with for the Hogwarts Summer School program.

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Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.Children at the Hogwarts Summer School program at the Poland library mixed ingredients to see how different liquids interact with each other.

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Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.Children created their own wands and enjoyed wizard snacks at the Hogwarts Summer School program at the Poland library.

By ALEXIS BARTOLOMUCCI

abartolomucci@vindy.com

Children practiced magic at the Hogwarts Summer School on June 21 at the Poland library.

When the children arrived they were divided into the four Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry houses: Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin. After the children were sorted into their houses, they got a temporary tattoo and themed paper to decorate their wizard notebook with.

There were several tables full of different experiments the wizards-in-training could engage in. The experiments promoted hands-on learning and were focused on science. The children were given packets that included each of the experiments, instructions for the experiments, what should happen and the reasoning of why it happened. Before the children finished the experiments, they had to say a few magic words for the magic to happen.

Several of the children came dressed in their favorite Harry Potter outfits. Some had a cape and glasses, others wore shirts of their favorites Hogwarts House and other clothing items related to the books and movies.

As the program came to an end, the final experiment everyone participated in was making their own ice cream. Each person had an opportunity to make vanilla, chocolate or strawberry ice cream by using milk, salt, ice and plastic bags.

When Hogwarts Summer School was completed the children left with more knowledge of the magic and wizardry of the “Harry Potter” series, not to mention their own ice cream.

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