Today we made soaps, and I hardly had time to take some photos before Evey & Gabriel were begging for a bath so that they could use the soaps they made. We used the kit supplied in our Green Kid Crafts Kitchen Science discovery box, but you can find all of the things you need at a local craft store. There was plenty left over in our kit to make a second batch, and next time I might add some essential oil or hand lotion so I can enjoy the soaps too!!
- silicone soap molds (plastic cups work as well)
- pure glycerin soap (sold in blocks or cubes at craft stores)
- microwave-safe measuring cup with handle for melting the soap
- small plastic animals, erasers or trinkets
- fine glitter
- a chopstick or popsicle stick for stirring
- Melt the soap. The size of your mold will determine how much soap you’ll need. Start by melting small amounts of soap; you can always add more. Place the cube(s) of soap in the measuring cup and microwave on high for 30 seconds. If some solid soap remains, microwave it for 10-second intervals until all of the soap is melted, but not boiling. Remove the melted soap from the microwave. This is best done by an adult or older child as the SOAP IS HOT.
- Add the glitter. Mix in a little glitter, stirring with the popsicle stick.
- Partially fill the molds. Pour the hot soap into the molds so that they are filled about a third of the way to the top. Let the soap cool for about 20 minutes and then place the plastic animal, eraser or trinket you want to use for decoration on top of the hardened soap.
- Finish the soap. Repeat steps 2 and 3 to melt and colour the remaining soap. Pour the second layer of soap into the mold, covering the plastic animal. Let cool and harden for at least 2 hours. Once cool, turn the mold upside down and pop the soap out. To clean the molds, just use hot water—the soap should wash right off!