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WW: Soap Clouds

on October 11, 2012

Hello Parents,

Our apologies, we thought this post had been scheduled to publish yesterday. Here it goes, be sure to read through the end for a fun slide show of the Toddler 2 class in the playground.

This Weekend Wednesday activity is one of the easiest and funnest we’ve seen: Soap Clouds. Interestingly it comes to us from a cooking blog, Our Best Bites, and all you’ll need is a bar of Ivory soap, wax paper (see step 2), and a microwave.

The blog author has some great ideas for this little bar of soap. Read below for what do do, and then more what to do to keep the fun going.

1. Grab a bar of Ivory soap. The fresher the soap (the more recent purchase) the bigger the result.

 

2. Place a piece of waxed paper, parchment, plastic wrap, or paper towel in your microwave.

3. Start your microwave for a couple of minutes on high power.  You don’t need to let it run that whole length of time, but you can just stop it when you need to.

 

It looks like it should be foamy and wet, but it’s not.  You can actually pick up the whole big chunk.

If you smash it, it will break into pieces and you’ll end up with soap dust everywhere, so be careful with little hands who like to smash things.

You have a giant blob of dried soap fluff, now what! Here are some options you can do to keep the fun going:

– Let the kids take the whole thing in the bath tub and go at it (it’s one way to make sure they actually get clean).
– Hold it up over them in the tub and let it “snow” by smashing it and letting it sprinkle down like little snow flakes.
– You can also let them make their own little soaps:
1. Put the fluff in a bowl and let them do what they’ve probably been trying to do already- smash it to smithereens. It just kind of falls apart, so it’s actually kind of fun.  And if it gets all over your counter, sweep or vacuum it up first, then wipe it down.  Otherwise you’ll end up with a big soapy mess.

2. Rither in a bowl with a spoon, or with an electric beater, or in a food processor, add warm water, just until it comes together.  Just like pie crust!  To test it, grab some with your hands and hold it in your fist.  If it holds together in a ball, it’s ready.

3. Take the mold-able mixture and let kids press it into cookie cutters.  Make sure kids are old enough to know it’s not food, or they are likely to attempt to eat it!

These photos below are from a batch the Our Best Bites blog author made where she added just a couple of drops of food coloring to make colored soaps.

3. After the soaps are molded, but still wet, you can gently push them out of the molds.  Let them sit in a cool, dry place for a few days and soon you will have little soaps to wash (or play!) with.

We are sure you won’t be surprised to see kids more interested in getting extra clean when it’s with soap they’ve made themselves.

Reminder:  Once again, only use IVORY soap.  Lots of people asking this in the comments, or commenting they have a burned mess in their microwave because they didn’t read it earlier in the post!  Ivory!

And now for the photo slideshow you’ve been wanting to see, Toddler II class having fun in the sun. Enjoy, and remember to check out the Picasa album for more photos.

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Fun Learning!
CBLC Midtown

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