Looking for something fun to do with the kids while you’re stuck at home? This homemade soap for kids will give you a fun science experiment to complete for homeschool or just use as a family fun activity! With just a few ingredients and a little over an hour, you’ll have some bug soap for kids to use during bath time.
What are the ingredients for homemade soap?
The ingredients for homemade soap vary based on what type of soap you’re making. The ingredients for my homemade soap for kids include; Clear Glycerin Soap Base, Assorted bug toys, and an optional spray bottle filled with rubbing alcohol. You’ll also need to have some supplies to make this homemade soap such as; Oval soap mold, Microwave safe measuring cup, and a wooden craft stick.
What can I use instead of lye in soap making?
You can use melt-and-pour soap instead of lye when making homemade soap for kids. I’m using a clear glycerin soap base for this recipe so that the bugs inside look prehistoric. Melt-and-pour soap is what I typically use when making my various homemade soap recipes for teens and adults found on my site.
Is it cheaper to make your own soap?
When you compare the cost of making your own soap versus purchasing soap at the store, you’ll find that homemade soap is typically the same price as the cheaper bar soap options. You may not save much money making your own soap, but this bug homemade soap for kids is a fun activity to enjoy, and it may encourage your kids to shower more often.
How do you make soap for preschoolers?
This homemade bug soap for kids is a fun activity to enjoy with preschoolers. You can purchase enough supplies to make this recipe accommodate a preschool classroom. My recipe measurements below will make approximately six homemade soap bars with bugs inside.
If you’re thinking about using this bug homemade soap for a birthday party, classroom activity, or with a large group of kids then you’ll need to adjust the homemade soap recipe ingredients to reflect the number of kids you’ll have making this.
How to make bug homemade soap for kids
Making homemade soap for kids is super easy, and such fun! When you add in fun trinkets like plastic toy bugs, the kids can have a surprize once their soap is all used up!
- Clear Glycerin Soap Base
- Oval soap mold
- Assorted bug toys (from Dollar Tree)
- Microwave safe measuring cup
- Wooden craft stick
- spray bottle filled with rubbing alcohol (optional)
- Cut soap into 1”x1” cubes and place in measuring cup.
- Heat on high in the microwave for 30 seconds. Remove from the microwave and stir well. If not completely melted, heat in additional 10 second increments, stirring between each heating session, until fully melted.
- Pour a small amount of soap into each mold, just to fill the bottom of the mold.
Place a bug into each mold face down (because the bottom is the top on these molds), and move around to fit as necessary.
- Fill the rest of each mold with soap.
- Spray the top of each soap filled mold with alcohol to reduce bubbles.
- Allow soap to set for an hour or more before removing them from the mold.
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