These beautiful soaps not only make cute gifts but are a fun way to explore a little science too! With the recent winter weather, we've been discovering the properties of snow/ice, & what causes them to melt. All of this led neatly into this activity where we explored how a solid transforms into a liquid, & then becomes a solid again.
To make our soaps we used:
* a transparent soap base (available from craft stores or online)
* a few drops of any essential oil
* liquid soap dye
* ice-cube molds
Minnie started by cutting our block of soap into smaller sections with a blunt knife & added them to a pyrex bowl. While doing this we were able to explore weight, texture, scent & the translucent appearance of the solid material.
To add a scent we stirred in a couple of drops of lemon oil, but any essential/aromatherapy oils can be added.
Leave the soaps to set for a couple of hours & then gently just push them out of the moulds.
This activity had my girl captivated, she was so proud to have created her very own soap & eager to share it with friends too, so we wrapped them in a little paper & gave them out as Valentine's Day gifts.
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