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How To Make Soap For Kids Crafts and Learning

by Helen
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Colorful handmade soaps make a great gift idea for kids of all ages.  I love to create crafts and am an avid DIYer.  IT THRILLS ME whenever I can engage my grown daughter, husband, or grandkids.  If you have never made soap, a good place to start is with our beginner's guide to soap making.  To minimize the exposure of toxic chemicals to your children, make your household cleaning products, such as soap, cream, and bubble baths, or buy them.  Many reputable companies sell nontoxic body products if you are not up to making soap or children's body wash.

We love homemade soaps because they are not toxic.  Since I make them, I know exactly what goes into them.  Soap making can be a fun and educational project for kids.  All that is needed are a few inexpensive items, essential oils for fragrance and pantry staples like organic cocoa and turmeric, or oils infused in flowers like Calendula for coloring.

Therefore, I like to engage my grandkids in my soap-making activities because they serve a dual purpose: to educate and entertain.  This allows us to bond and creates memories at the same time.

Kids Crafts

Are you looking for a fun and creative activity for kids? Consider making soap! Soap making is a great way to teach children about chemistry and the importance of using natural ingredients. You can find soap making kits designed specifically for kids, which include everything you need to make your own soap bars. It's a fun project that can be done together as a family, and the end result is a useful and unique product that can be given as a gift or used at home. Give it a try and see how much fun soap making can be for kids!

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MATERIALS

  • Plastic soap molds or plastic cups (BUY HERE)
  • 1 Pound Pure Glycerin Soap (BUY HERE)
  • 1 Pound Organic Shea Butter Soap (BUY HERE)
  • Double-Boiler or Microwave-safe measuring cup
  • 1/2 TBS of Sweet Almond Oil or Carrier Oil of Choice (BUY HERE)
  • 1/2 TBS of Vegetable Glycerin (BUY HERE)
  • Organic Chamomile, Organic Lavender (Optional)
  • Essential Oils
  • Small plastic animals or trinkets (optional) (BUY HERE)
  • A chopstick or popsicle stick

DIRECTIONS

 Step 1:   Cut the soap base into small cubes.  Keep the glycerin soap cubes separate from the shea butter soap.

Step 2:   Place the shea butter soap cubes into your double-boiler.  Melt soap slowly but do not let it boil.

Step 3:   Remove the melted soap from the stove.  Pour soap into a plastic container, and add Sweet Almond Oil, glycerin, and essential oils.  Mix contents thoroughly.

Step 4:   Sprinkle some chamomile into your soap mold.

INVOLVE YOUR CHILDREN

Step 5:   Have your child add mica for coloring to the melted soap.  Mix colors to get the desired shade.  Then, ask your child to stir the dye into the soap using a chopstick or popsicle stick.

Step 6:  Carefully pour the hot soap into the molds about a third of the way to the top.  Let the soap cool for about 20 minutes, then have your child place a plastic animal or trinket on top of the hardened soap.

Step 7:  Repeat steps 2 and 3 to melt and color the remaining soap.  Pour a second layer of soap into the mold, covering the plastic animal or trinket.  Let it cool and harden for at least 2 hours.  Once it’s cool, turn the mold upside down and pop the soap out.  Use hot water to clean the molds.

Step 7:  Optional: If your child wants a layered, rainbow look, pour small amounts into the molds and let them harden before adding another color layer.  Label your soaps or soap sleves.

The takeaway is that making soap from a melt-and-pour soap base is one of the easiest ways to make homemade soap.  With little practice, you will be making it like a professional.

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