We made soap!
I was given a soap mold and soap base to play with from UK company AO.com, with the instructions to “be as creative as you like”… YES!
I wanted to keep it fairly simple for our first foray into soap-making, so really all we did was submerge some dinosaurs. I mean, who doesn’t like dinosaurs in their soap, right? Have you tried making soap with kids?
But keep reading, there’s a little trick to this I didn’t know before we made these.
- Stephenson melt and pour soap base
- Dinosaurs (we used a Toob)
- Pyrex or big glass measuring cup (or something to melt the soap in)
- Spray bottle with alcohol in it
Here’s what you do:
Cut up the soap base into small pieces – maybe about 1/2″ to 1″, and melt them in the measuring cup in the microwave. Start with 30 seconds at a time until it’s all melted. I stirred it around gently a few times, but if you stir too much you’ll get a bunch of air bubbles.
Place your dinos in the soap mold containers and pour in enough soap to almost cover them. Spritz the top of the poured soap with alcohol, which will help break up air bubbles.
Let the soap set until you’re fairly certain the dino is stuck in there- maybe 20 minutes or so. You just don’t want him to float to the top when you pour the rest of the soap in.
Melt the soap again in the microwave. Spritz the top of the soap with alcohol and pour the freshly melted soap over it to the top of the mold. Spritz the top of the soap again and put it away somewhere for an hour or so until it’s all set up.
That’s it! Enjoy how clean your kids’ hands will be as they wash them over and over again to get to the prize inside.
Warning: I think once you make soap it’s nearly impossible to not want to make more. This is an excellent open-ended creative project to do with your kids, and guess what!? Quick and easy holiday gifts. That’s what.