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DIY Soap Crayons – Made By Kids

For something a little different, today the Childhood 101 contributors are playing a game of online tag! It’s lots of fun and a great way to discover new blogs and  fun ideas. Kylie of Octavia and Vicky is here sharing a fabulous creative project, making your very own soap crayons, while I am over at Go Explore Nature with a fun outdoor art activity, creating recycled bottle lanterns.

For those who haven’t met Kylie before, she is a technology-loving teacher and mum of two who blogs about playing, crafting and cooking (her recipe’s will make you drool, I promise!). Check out Kylie’s tutotial for making soap crayons with kids below and then follow the link at the bottom of the post to join our game of online tag!

We had so much fun making these soap crayons. It was a great sensory experience that resulted in crayons that children can use for drawing on paper or for drawing in the bath. Although the process was quite messy, it was good, clean mess. How much cleaner can you get than soap?! This is what we did…

DIY Soap Crayons

You will need:

  • Soap flakes – we used Lux Soap Flakes, commonly found in the laundry aisle of the supermarket
  • Food colouring
  • Hot water

Soap-Crayons-tutorial

Instructions:

  • Measure one cup of soap flakes into a bowl and add the food colouring of your choice and a tablespoon of hot water. 
  • Mix until the soap flakes have melted enough to form a thick paste.
  • Mould the paste into whatever shapes you like.
  • Repeat the process with different colours if you choose.
  • Leave to dry out for two days before using to draw.

Soap-Crayons-Recipe

Top tips:

  • Use lots of food colouring. The more colour you add, the brighter your crayon colours will be.
  • It can take a few minutes for the soap flakes to form a paste. Adult help will be needed for this part. Just when you think it’s not going to come together, it does!
  • To make flat shapes, like our stars, just pat out the paste until it’s a flat disc and then place it onto baking paper. Use cookie cutters to create your chosen shape. The baking paper stops the paste from sticking to the work surface.
  • To make spheres and logs mould the paste the same as you would play dough. The spheres are easy for toddler hands to grasp and colour with.
  • The paste is great for little hands to squelch and squeeze just for fun! Don’t skip this part :)
  • Work near a sink or outside near a tap to make it easy to rinse the soap and food colouring off little hands. Thanks to the soap it comes off very easily.

DIY Soap Crayons - Made by Kids

Thank you so much for sharing with us today, Kylie. You can connect with Kylie on her blog, Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.
C101_team tagI invite you now to head on over to Debi’s blog, Go Explore Nature, where I’ve been tagged with a post about making recycled bottle lanterns with kids. Each post in the game will lead you to another until you’ve visited all of the blogs of our team members, leading you back here again. As I said, it’s a great way to find new blogs to love and fun ideas for your children and family. Have fun!

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Comments

  1. I always love a good kid craft recipe! Can’t wait to try this out! Thanks!
    Here are my faves: http://gotkiddos.blogspot.com/2013/02/five-faves-week-of-dough-and-goo.html
    I’m going to link to this at the bottom of that post now! Awesome!

  2. Looks like you had as much fun making these as you would playing with them!

  3. A recipe for squelching & squeezing with little hands? Yes, please!

  4. Christie.

    This game of tag is such a wonderful idea. I’m enjoying the game and learning some wonderful new ideas.

  5. I love that these look like loads of fun to make – and the fun continues when you get to use them :-)

  6. This looks like so much fun.

  7. Kirstie says:

    Hi Christie (it’s always lovely to meet another “ie” person!)! I was pointed in your direction by Amanda @Not Just Cute, and now it seems I will be redirected all over the web following your tag game – eeek! They are all such wonderful posts though (the reminder to get out and play in the cold is timely for us), and I have added Lux soap flakes to my shopping list for next week as an excellent rainy day activity! Thanks!

  8. What great fun to make, let along use. I am really enjoying this tag team today, and I think my kids will enjoy the results of it too :)

    This may be a ridiculous question, but how do you use soap crayons? Are they for using in the bathtub, or do you actually draw on paper with them?

  9. Assuming you use these in the tub, does the food coloring come off tub and tile easily?

  10. Thanks for this craft idea. I was looking for a soap for my daughter to make. This is so easy that all four of my kids to make crayons. Now we just have to get them to patiently wait two days till they can use them.

    We made dinosaurs, stars, crayons, flowers and hearts – using our hands & cookie cutters. I suggested we could make these for friends for gifts as well.

    Thanks so much for this post.

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