Soap Day: Making Toy and Candy Mold Soaps
June 30, 2012
Pick yourself up, SUDS yourself off, and start all over again…
We’re back! Welcome to Summer of Funner 2012!
Over the past few months of our Lunchbox Season, the kids have been forming a list of all of their requests for activities for their Summer of Funner 2012. We’ve got plenty of fun and crazy activities planned for the coming months. Stay tuned for more science projects, crazy crafts, kitchen adventures and local “vacations.”
First up: Soap-making!
At the top of Bea’s Summer of Funner wish-list was “soap-making.” This threw me for a loop! Soap making is something I have never tried before, and, to be quite honest, something I had never really planned on trying. Until now, when I thought of “Summer” and “Soap” together, all that came to mind was the word “LYE” and the stench and smell of those ugly pink and amber bars of soap my brother and I used to scrub with when we had gotten into the poison ivy! Why not make some better memories, I thought!
But where to begin? A local craft store. While we didn’t resort to a “kit,” we didn’t work entirely from scratch…Passing over the pre-fabbed and rather ridiculously priced birthday-gift boxed sets at the art supply store, we chose a few ready-made products that would help us to create our soap masterpieces: Clear Glycerin Soap, Soap Colours, and Essential Oils. With these soap-making supplies in hand, we made two basic soaps, Yellow Mango Soap and Turquoise Cucumber Green Tea Soap. Then, of course, we improvised by sinking old plastic toys into our soap bars and by pouring our soaps into candy molds to make small soap animals.
1 2lb brick of Clear Glycerin Soap
Soap Scent or Essential Oil:
1 Vial Mango soap scent
1 Lavendar & Green Tea Essential Oil
Soap or Candy Molds:
Soap bar mold
Animal-shaped candy molds from last summer’s Chocolate Day
You could also just use the wax-lined bottoms of small milk cartons
Soap-Colouring [we had vials of turqouise, green and yellow]
Honey, for sweetness and colour
Small Hard Plastic Toys
For Next Time: dried herbs, like lavendar, for texture
Disposable Wooden Chopsticks
Large heat-friendly, microwave-safe meauring cup or bowl, preferably with a spout for pouring
Microwave or Double Boiler
Technique [Visual Gallery Below]
Have a parent slice the soap brick into small blocks or cubes.
Place 6-12 cubes of soap into a large microwave-safe glass measuring cup.
Microwave on high in 20 second bursts until soap is entirely melted.
[Alternatively, you can melt the soap in a double-boiler.]
Add several teaspoons of honey if so desired and stir with chopstick.
Add essential oil or soap scent if so desired and stir with chopstick.
Add colour if so desired and stir with chopstick.
Add dried herbs if so desired and stir with chopstick.
To make animal shaped soap:
Pour soap into candy molds
To may toy soap bars:
Place a small hard plastic or rubber toy into a soap-bar mold face down.
Pour soap over the toy into the mold.
If the toy wants to float, hold it down in the mold with a wooden chopstick for the first 3-5 minutes of cooling.
After 2-3 minutes have passed, use a chopstick to gather and skim bubbles off of the surface of the soap in the mold.
Cool all soaps for at least 40-60 minutes.
After our soaps had hardened for about 20 minutes, we placed them in the fridge for a good two hours.
Now, Bea and tobes are not big on bath-time. They can easily go for a solid week without bathing. But on this Friday, Soap Day, THE VERY FIRST DAY OF SUMMER VACATION, they were outright PLEADING to have a bath the moment the soaps had cooled! I can’t think of an easier and cleaner way to start to the summer! And now, we have special soaps to use over and again as we get messier and messier over the course of Summer of Funner 2012!
Paints, Inks, Jams, and Jellies, here we come!!!!!
Quick Links for Mobile Users
Summer of Funner : The Lunchbox Season : In Defense of Burning
Tags: Animal Soap, Crafts with Kids, Easy Soap Making, How to Make Soap, kids crafts, Making Soap, Making Soap with Candy Molds, Making Soap with Kids, Soap with Toys, Summer 2012, Summer of Funner, things to do with kids, Toy Soap
About Roseanne CarraraI produce seasonal parenting sites at http://www.thelunchboxseason.com [Sept-June] and http://www.summeroffunner.com [June-Sept]. My professional writing site is http://www.roseannecarrara.com
- Summer of Funner has a new Host and a New Look! Join Us & Re-Subscribe!!
- Thanks for a Fabulous Summer! Stay Tuned for The Lunchbox Season!
- Summer of Funner Film Festival 2013: Dystopian and Urban Films
- Summer Books: Imagine Like Bradbury, Story Sketches and Dystopian Novel “Teasers”
- “Face” Painting
- Summer Books: Mapping Gulliver’s Travels
- Pickle Day 2013: Make It Spicy!
- Backyard Campout Weekend!
- Summer Books: Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Imagination & Poe-Inspired “Ghost Story Starters”
- Summer Books: Paradise Lost, Book 9, and Automatic Villain Poems
- Join me for something new!
- UNARMED TRUTH and UNCONDITIONAL LOVE, The Women’s March on Washington : Toronto
- New Year’s Eve Movie Party : Transformation Movies
- Merry Christmas
- Family Advent Calendar : Christmas Eve Checklist
- Family Advent Calendar : Make Bûche de Noël + 5 Bûche de Noël Recipes
- Family Advent Calendar : Family Pajama Exchange
- Family Advent Calendar : Double Chocolate Cookies with Andes Mints
- Family Advent Calendar : Daily Bread Food Bank Donation #givingtuesday
- Family Advent Calendar: Football in the Park After Dark
So This Is Where the Club Meets!: Summer of Funner Categories
Check Out Our Theme Days!
- Chocolate Day
- Clay Day
- Comic Strip Days
- Crazy Fruit Day
- Cucumber Day
- Egg Day
- Jelly & Ice Cream Day
- Macaron Day
- Mad Science Day – Candy Experiments
- Make-it-Yourself Days
- Marshmallow Day
- Mural Days
- Peach Day
- Pizza Day
- Pomme Day [Apple & Potato Day]
- Protest Days
- The Day in Condiments [Mustard Relish and Jam]
- Sketch Day
- Soap Day
- Strawberry Day