harry potterWeek of April 13, 2020


When school’s out, the Y is in! We hope you enjoy this edition of Y Kids News, a newsletter with games and activities you can do from home!


You’ve been accepted to Hogwart's School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Read along with us to get prepared for your next session!

healthy challenges



quidditchTime to get ready for your next Quidditch match with these warm-up activities:


  • 15 jumping jacks
  • 10 squats
  • 10 calf raises
  • 30 seconds of mountain climbers
  • 10 sit-ups
  • Spend about 1-2 minutes warming up your arms finding a soft round object and an open space and play catch with someone.

More Harry Potter Fun

  • Scourgify! The Scouring Charm is used to clean objects or rooms. Practice using your Scouring Charm! Point your wand and say “scourgify” and watch as you help to clean your house!
  • Magical Quotes: Write your favorite Harry Potter quotes in chalk outside for any Muggles out walking
  • Magical Notes: Share some of your magic creating a feel-good note or picture to share with our everyday heroes.


Watch this video with YMCA staff member Daniel and learn how to impress your friends with a disappearing coin trick! With a little prep, permission from your parents, and practice, you'll be wowing your audience in no time. There's even a bonus trick at the end — you'll have to come to YMCA Camp Surf and ask Daniel how he did that one in person.

kids cooking



family cooking in kitchen


  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 package (10 oz.; about 40) Kraft Jet-Puffed Marshmallows OR 4 cups Jet-Puffed Miniature Marshmallows
  • 6 cups Kellogg's Rice Krispies cereal


rice krispie nangini

  • In a large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat. *
    • Optional: Add food coloring to change the color of your snake.
  • Add Rice Krispie's cereal. Stir until well coated.
  • Using buttered spatula or wax paper, lay the mixture out on wax paper or aluminum foil, and shape into your snake. Be creative! You can shape your creation into many different shapes while it is still warm. (Be careful, the mixture may be too warm to mold, make sure it is cool enough to touch before allowing children to mold.)

* Microwave directions: In microwave-safe bowl heat butter and marshmallows on HIGH for 3 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes. Stir until smooth. Continue with instructions above. Microwave cooking times may vary.


butterbeer muddy buddiesIngredients

  • 8 cups Rice Chex cereal
  • 12 ounces butterscotch chips
  • ½ cups salted butter (cubed)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon imitation butter extract/flavor
  • 1-½ cups powdered sugar


  • Measure cereal into a large bowl.
  • In a medium microwave-safe bowl, melt the butterscotch chips for 30 seconds; then stir and repeat in 15-second increments until the chips are melted and smooth. Do not overcook, or the butterscotch will scorch!
  • In a small bowl, melt the butter in the microwave until fully melted. Whisk into the butterscotch along with the vanilla extract and butter flavoring.
  • Pour the butterscotch mixture onto the cereal and stir to coat the cereal fully.
  • Spread on a cookie sheet/wax paper and allow to cool for 20 minutes.
  • Pour the cereal into a brown paper bag or large Ziploc bag, add powdered sugar to bag, and shake until the cereal is fully coated.



kids craftingCreate your book of spells!


  • Light brown construction paper
  • Dark brown construction paper
  • Stapler
  • Quills (pens)
  • Scissors
  • Computer paper (optional instead of brown paper)


  • Fold four pieces of paper together (one brown, three light brown).
  • Write your name and “Spell Book” on the front cover.

Pick from the spells below and write them into your spell book so you can practice them later!

  • Accio brings an object to you.
  • Aguamenti creates a gush of water from the tip of the spell caster’s wand
  • Alohomora opens locks
  • Confundus confounds your target, or makes them temporarily confused
  • Duro turns an item to stone
  • Engorgio makes an item larger, as in swollen.
  • Expecto Patronum creates Patronus
  • Expelliarmus disarms the target of the spell, such as knocking their wand out of their hand.
  • Finite Incantatum stops any spell.
  • Immobulus immobilizes the target.
  • Incendio lights a fire.
  • Lumos creates light, usually by making the tip of the wand glow. More light can be created using “lumos maxima.”
  • Protego protects the user, and sends a spell back on an opponent.
  • Reparo repairs broken items.
  • Rictusempra causes a person to curl up in laughter, as if being tickled.
  • Silencio makes the target of the spell unable to make any sound.
  • Stupefy stupefies an opponent, or knocks them insensible temporarily.
  • Wingardium Leviosa allows the user to make an object levitate; the first spell taught in the movies.


Use the Latin roots below to create your own spells by connecting roots together! Explain how the spell would work and what it would do. (Example: Vaclum — a spell used to get rid of light).

  • ab: to move away — examples: abstract, abstain, aversion
  • audi: hear — examples: audible, audience, auditorium
  • bene: good — examples: benefit, benign, benefactor
  • brev: short — examples: abbreviate, brief
  • circ: round — examples: circus, circulate
  • duc: lead, make — examples: deduce, produce, educate
  • und: bottom — examples: founder, foundation, funding
  • gen: to birth — examples: gene, generate, generous
  • hab: to have — examples: ability, exhibit, inhabit
  • jur: law — examples: jury, justice, justify
  • lev: to lift — examples: levitate, elevate, leverage
  • log, logue: thought — examples: logic, apologize, analogy
  • luc, lum: light — examples: lucid, illuminate, translucent
  • manu: short — examples: manual, manicure, manipulate
  • mis, mit: send — examples: missile, transmit, permit
  • port: carry — examples: export, import, important
  • scrib, script: to write — examples: script, proscribe, describe
  • sens: to feel — examples: sensitive, sentient, resent
  • terr: earth — examples: terrain, territory, extraterrestrial
  • tim: to fear — examples: timid, timorous
  • vac: empty — examples: vacuum, vacate, evacuate
  • vid, vis: to see — examples: video, vivid, invisible


Write or draw your own short story about a magical person or animal. Share with your family once you’re done.

jokes and trivia



Q. How do the Malfoys get into bed?

A. They Slytherin!

Q. How does Voldemort keep his breath fresh?

A. Dementos!


  1. How many kids are there in the Weasley family?
  2. What does Harry Potter see in the Mirror of Erised?
  3. What is Lord Voldemort's real name?
  4. What are people who aren’t born into a magical family called?
  5. During the second task of the Triwizard Tournament, what did Harry use to breathe under water?
  6. What is the core of Harry Potter’s wand made of?
  7. What is the name of the Gryffindor ghost?
  8. What animal is Hermione Granger’s patronus?

See answers below


  1. I wear glasses and pigtails; a toilet's my bed; and I do not think it's funny to chuck books through my head!
  2. Think of the person who lives in disguise; who deals in secrets and tells naught but lies. Next, tell me what’s always the last thing to mend — the middle of middle and end of the end. And, finally, give me the sound often heard during the search for a hard-to-find word. Now, string them together, and answer me this: Which creature would you be unwilling to kiss?

See answers below




word gameCheck our social channels (@YMCASanDiego) for the Family Word Workout. Each letter of the alphabet represents a different exercise Look for new, get-you-moving words throughout the week. Download your alphabet workout sheet.


Trivia answers: 1. Six 2. himself and his parents 3. Tom Marvolo Riddle 4. Muggles 5. Gillyweed 6. Phoenix feather 7. Sir Nicholas/Nearly Headless Nick 8. Otter

Riddle answers: 1. Moaning Myrtle 2. A spider

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