Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Preschool Activities: Simple Soap Kids Can Make

By Deborah Pace Rowley

The students in my class have been busy making soap dishes and soap to give their parents for Christmas this year. (Sshhh! Don't give away the surprise!) I have been surprised at how simple and easy it is to make soap and how excited the children were about the process. I have labeled this a preschool activity because it is something a preschooler can easily do with adult supervision.

First, you will need some clear glycerin soap. I purchased a large bag at Hobby Lobby for $8.00. 32 oz. of glycerin did about ten soaps. Then you need a mold. I also purchased the mold at Hobby Lobby for $2.00. But I know you can also mold soap in muffin tins or other disposable containers.

Simply melt the bars of glycerin in the microwave in a microwave safe dish. I used a large glass measuring cup which made the glycerin easy to pour in the next step. Microwave on high at 30 second intervals. Stir in between. Add the fragrance of your choice. We used coconut but any scent would work.

We put small tropical fish in our soap but any small figurine or toy would be cute inside the soap. Place your figurine in the mold and pour the glycerin over the top. The glycerin will cool and harden in one hour. Then the soap is ready to pop out and put in a cute container for gift giving.

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