I’m looking at the forecast for the next ten days and I see some rain in our future. Immediately, I start brainstorming for ideas to keep my little kiddos happy and busy. Idle time and boredom are our enemies around here. If you read my post about maintaining a clean house you will know that I “close” rooms. In order for that to be effective I have to be prepared to keep them busy especially once their bedrooms and toy rooms are closed. On a pretty day that is easy, we head outdoors. But on rainy days, it takes a little more effort. I am going to be posting kids play ideas, crafts, toy reviews, etc on a page titled Kids Zone and this post will be the beginning of that page. And boy is it a good one! So let’s get started.
Ivory Soap Experiment
This idea is so cool guys! Your kids are going to love it. The only thing you really need is Ivory soap but if you want to take this craft to the next level then have food coloring and cookie cutters on hand. Now, listen closely. DO NOT use a different kind of soap with this experiment. I do not think it works and would not risk your microwave to find out.
Now if you want to have a little fun with your husband don’t tell him you have researched this craft. I’m not sure who was more excited about this, my kids because of how cool it was or my husband because I didn’t blow up the microwave. He kept saying, “I don’t think this is a good idea.” “Jess, don’t do it.” “This is going to be bad.” I just reassured him if the internet said it worked, it must be true. He he Watching his anticipation and reaction might have been my favorite part.
Unwrap the Ivory soap and place it on a microwavable safe plate. Microwave the soap for a couple of minutes on high. It may not take quite that long. Make sure your kids can see into the microwave and you too! I enjoyed it as much as they did. This is the result. It will be a little hot so make sure it is cool before handing it over to the kids.
Is this not the coolest thing ever? We have done it several times and it never gets old. Now if you want to make this activity last a little longer, you can make your own individual soaps for bath time. Add a little water (the amount varies so add little bits at a time) and food coloring. Mix it together and mold the soap using cooking cutters. Set them in a cool place until they dry and then reuse them at bath time.
This craft can be a little messy so you might want to put down a plastic table cloth. Then I wrap it up and throw it all away for an easy clean-up. Check back for fun play ideas in the kid zone! Have a great week!!