I have had this little project in mind for ages. I first heard about it from MaryAnn Kohl (are you surprised, really? You know we are her biggest fans).
We bought 2 bars of Ivory soap, and M used our cheese grater to shred the soap. As much fun as playing and molding with the soap was, I think grating it up was M’s very favorite part. He loves using a new tool! Believe me, I would not let him do this at a much younger age, and I was right beside him the entire time, making sure those little knuckles didn’t get grated too. I’m happy to say not a drop of blood was shed in this activity. :) That’s always a good thing, don’t you think?
watching the soap flakes pile up in the middle of the grater
M poured in a tiny bit of water at a time…
And stirred, until it began to form into a ball:
We tried using a play dough mold to make some dinosaur-shaped soap, which would have been so cool! Except there was no way to pop it out of the mold without completely destroying it. Maybe if we had left it in to dry a bit, but neither of us had the patience for that. This was a hard plastic mold. I really think a silicone candy mold or even cookie cutters would have worked much better.
So, M ended up adding some food coloring (blue, because that’s all we had, ha ha), and rolled it into some bath crayons. They really work well, and he could hardly wait to take his next bath. ;)
We will definitely do this again. It would be a fun project for Mother’s Day – maybe add some dried flowers or oatmeal? And use a flower-shaped cookie cutter as a mold. The food coloring from the tub crayons does not seem to leave any stains, so a bit of color in the soap is apparently ok, which opens up a lot of fun possibilities, doesn’t it? ;)
Definitely a successful sensory activity, and not a bad art project either!
Have a beautiful day! :)