I took a picture of the blackboard from the movie and replicated that as best I could using artists black mat board that I got from Utrecht on Capitol Hill. I did the lettering in real chalk. Steve made a very simple frame that we then stapled the mat board to (using a construction staple gun)and hung screw eyes from to hang it.
The specimen jars and staging area for potions class.
The inspiration for our blackboard - from the movie.
A very handsome toad I got from the toy store.
Some funky pods my friend Janet brought.
A plastic creature from the toy store, in colored water.
A finger ball I got at the Goodwill for $.99. It really is about being resourceful and using what you can find creatively. This was one of my favorite finds.