If you have ever had trouble getting your children to take a bath, you can help them make their own soap. Once the children have completed their soap, they will want to use it. That means no more kicking and screaming to get clean. Making soap with your kids is also a great way to spend some quality time together. These are the sorts of activities your kids will remember for a long time to come.
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Things you need
- Glycerine soap
- Glass measuring cup
- Soap dye
- Fragrance oil
- Soap moulds
- Popsicle stick
- Waxed paper
Take one bar of glycerine soap and cut it into chunks. Three chunks is OK, but the smaller the pieces, the easier it is to melt. Adults should do the cutting. The children can gather the pieces together after they are cut.
Place the glycerine soap chunks into a glass measuring cup and set it in the microwave for 20 seconds. Stir, and then continue to microwave in 10-second increments until the entire bar of glycerine soap has been liquefied. Children can set the timer on the microwave, but younger children should not handle the measuring cup once it becomes hot.
Give children a choice as to what colour they want the soap to be. Then allow them to place 5 to 10 drops of that colour soap dye in the measuring cup. Let the children experiment by putting one drop at a time in the cup, so they see that the more drops they use, the darker the shade will be. Let them mix the sop and dye together.
Take out some fragrance oils and allow children to smell each one. Then have the children add five drops of their favourite fragrance oil to the melted soap. Some kid-friendly scents include vanilla and cinnamon. Mix together.
Let the children choose which soap moulds they want to use. They could use a butterfly mould, sea shell mould, or other fun shaped mould. Pour the liquid soap into your soap moulds. Younger children should allow parents to do this part, as the soap is still hot. Let the soap harden over the next hour before removing it from the moulds.
Wrap the soap individually in waxed paper. The kids can help with this part. Let them choose one bar at a time to use in the bathtub.
Tips and warnings
- Soap-making supplies can be purchased at craft stores.
- Melted glycerine soap is very hot. Be careful you do not get burnt.
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