In my opinion, this magick is only for older children even though it is very simple magick because it deals with candle flames. When using fire or flames, it is best that you wait until you can make certain the child is old enough to understand that they should never play with fire and that this magick is to be performed with adult supervision, only! Personally, I would suggest waiting until the young witch reaches their early teens, at least, to start teaching Wish Magick Spells. Prior to that children will be children and sometimes their wishes are not very well thought through on an ethical level and might be best to remain ungranted.
The assumption I am making here is that by the time you are ready to teach wish magick, that you have already been working with your child on teaching them ethics and morals they will need for life. That they are beginning to understand how they relate to the world around them. I would start this lesson by explaining that wishes are powerful things because so much energy is focused behind a true desire to have a wish come true.
The early teens are an age where so many kids become wrapped up in the personal dramas of being a teen and forget that they are a vital part of the world’s future. They need to be reminded, their generation will be coming into its own soon, and the decisions they begin to make now, will affect, not only how others see them, but also, how they see themselves in relation to the world around them. If you have not already done so, this would be an excellent time to introduce your child to thinking about the interdependence of the world around us. To point out that we live in a global community and that, in addition to working spells for ourselves, it is a witch’s duty to think about others and to want the best for the world as whole.
In this spell, it is a simple matter of using bay leaves as conduits for creating magick. Wishes are written on bay leaves, which are then burned in a candle’s flame in order to release the spell and allow it to come true. There is no recitation needed. Just the simple act of focusing on the wish as it is written on the leaf and the visualization of it coming true as the leaf burns. The simple act of desiring to make a change and focusing on it is sufficient.
Because wish magick may affect more than the caster of the spell, teaching wish fulfillment is about making certain the young witch is ready, ethically, to make changes to the world. That he or she is ready to mold the forces and bend them to their will in a responsible manner, while maintaining a good character that they can be proud of in decades to come.
In teaching children magic, it is important that parents make certain that their children take the needs of others into account and teach them that doing for those who cannot do for themselves, is a large part of magick.