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I am looking for a simple soap making recipe for kids. My youngest daughter is about
to turn 6 next week and we are planning a birthday party at home. Both her older
sisters thought homemade embedded toy soaps would make inexpensive and cute party
favors for young children. I know nothing about making homemade soaps so it would
be great if you could also tell me where to get soap making supplies. Thank you.
– Keira, Oklahoma.
Easy Soap Making Recipes for Children
What a great idea to give them as birthday party favors! Besides being light on your
pocket, homemade novelty soaps is also a fun way to teach kids good hygiene habits
and get them excited about washing their hands.
Many people get intimidated at the thought of making soaps at home but it is not
as hard as it sounds. The melt and pour soap making method which is great for beginners,
is pretty straight forward. First choose your melt and pour soap base, and melt in
a microwave. If you want to make clear soaps (transparent), you will need organic
or clear soap base. For an opaque finish (white), use goats milk or white soap base.
When the soap is cool enough, add fragrance oils and color of your choice. For example,
sweet orange oil and orange coloring, or lavender essential oil and violet coloring,
or lemon essential oil and yellow coloring. Then, pour into lightly greased molds
and leave to sit until hardened. Finally, wrap your homemade soaps in plastic (glad/saran
wrap) to keep the glycerin from attracting moisture from the air.
Here are 2 awesome soap making recipes for beginners and kids. The first recipe (homemade
soap crayons) not only makes a super fun summer craft for kids of all ages, but also
incredibly easy that even your 6 year old girl can make them on her own or with only
a little help from grown-ups!
The second recipe (clear soap base) is perfect for toy embeds. However, make sure
you supervise your children as melted soap is very hot. Also, make sure that the
embedded objects are not scratchy to the skin and are age appropriate.
You can purchase most of the materials – soap flakes, plastic soap molds, small plastic
toys, etc – at your local craft store or even some toy stores . If you can't find
soap flakes at your supermarket, don't worry. You can make your own soap flakes by
using any pure vegetable soap such as a bar of ivory soap (cheapest), or unscented
baby soap and shredding it with a cheese grater.
If you want to save a few extra dollars, I would suggest you look around the house
and use things such as plastic cups, yogurt pots, milk carton, cardboard juice container,
or ice cube tray as soap molds.
Easy Soap Crayon Recipe for Kids
You will need 3 cups soap flakes, liquid food coloring and water.
How to make soap crayons for kids
1. Spray plastic molds with a small amount of cooking spray or light coat with petroleum
jelly. Make sure to cover all areas and wipe off any excess.
2. Place soap flakes in a a bowl, and slowly pour in 1- 1½ cups water with a few
drops of food coloring added to it.
3. Combine with your hands until you get the consistency of play dough.
4. Press soap into lightly greased molds or put a few drops of olive oil on your
palms and rub your hands together, if you prefer to shape it – roll into balls –
with your hands. Or, shape using cookie cutters.
5. Leave overnight to set. To finish, cut homemade soap into desired size bars. If
your kids are impatient like mine, freeze for about 1-2 hours. Remove and allow to
sit for a few hours before using.
Homemade Embedded Toy Clear Soaps Recipe
You will need pure glycerin soap (usually sold in blocks or cubes), and liquid soap
dye. How much soap you need depends on the size of your mold. You should start by
melting smaller amounts of soap, and add more later if required.
How to embed objects (toys) into homemade soaps
1. Place soap in a microwave safe measuring cup with a handle and sprout for easy
pouring. Microwave on high for 30 seconds until soap is melted. Alternatively, melt
it on your stove in a double boiler. Remove.
2. Add 1-2 drops liquid soap dye (the colors are very strong; too much dye will make
your soaps dark) and stir thoroughly with a popsicle stick or a plastic coffee stirrer
to evenly disperse the dye.
3. Slowly pour hot melted soap into molds, ⅓ of the way up and let it set for 20
minutes or so. Then position plastic toy on top of the hardened soap.
4. Repeat steps 1 and 2, and pour another layer of soap into the mold, covering the
toy. This method holds the toy item up in the middle of your homemade soap. Leave
to cool and harden for at least 2 hours.
5. To release, turn mold upside down and pop the soap out.