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April 1, 2013

PINSPIRED: Soap cloud is kitchen science, craft and good, clean fun combined

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Tonawanda News — It didn’t last long, but when they were clean and soap-free and in their pajamas, we turned to part two of the experiment, returning to a second bar of soap and the craft portion of the evening.

Once the microwave had worked its magic and things had cooled down, I let the boys shatter the soap cloud into a bowl, rendering it into the aforementioned soap flakes. Then, with just a tiny bit of water, we worked it together until it was a thick paste, added some food coloring until it was (mostly) a uniform color and turned it out onto wax paper. We patted it into a disc and cut out soap shapes with a cookie cutter, putting them aside to dry for a while before they’re given to teachers, grandparents or friends as gifts, or simply used to play in the tub some more.

If you can’t stand the smell of Ivory soap, I don’t recommend trying this one. Our house smelled like soap for a day or two afterward. There was some soap residue on the tub that needed a few extra rinses. And I impressed upon the boys with particular parental fervor that they are not to put anything in the microwave without Mommy or Daddy’s permission.

But it was an inexpensive way to do something a little different and they think it’s awesome to use soap they “made themselves.” I don’t know that they really registered the science aspect, but it’s always something we can revisit down the road.

In other words, good, clean fun.

Jill Keppeler is a writer for the Tonawanda News. Find us on Pinterest.com by searching “Tonawanda News.”

• WHAT: Soap clouds • DIFFICULTY: Easy • TIME: One to two minutes in the microwave; more time for playing or making colored soaps. • RESULT: Pin it.

Jill Keppeler is a writer for the Tonawanda News. Find us on Pinterest.com by searching "Tonawanda News."

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