How to Make Ivory Soap Flakes

Soap flakes
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There are so many crafts that call for soap flakes, especially those for kids. Any kind of soap is a welcome addition to kids' activities because it adds a washable element. Although soap flakes are still manufactured, they can be difficult to track down in stores. Luckily making your own is easy.

How to Make Soap Flakes With Your Kids

You can very easily make your own soap flakes. Here's what you need:

  • Bar soap of your choice
  • Cheese grater
  • A bowl to catch shavings

All you have to do is grate the soap. Lay the soap flat on its widest side and grate using the side with the thin, slit openings. You will produce more soap flakes more efficiently than you would by using the side with small holes.

As for what kind of soap to use, that decision is up to you. If your soap flakes are merely for craft purposes, you certainly don't have to spend a lot of money on fancy soap. Experiment with different types of soap that offer different colors and scents.

Be careful when using scented soaps that smell like peppermint or something else tasty — your little one might be tempted to eat whatever it's mixed with.

Soap Flakes Crafts

Soap flake crafts are such fun, sensory experiences no matter your child's age. Soap flakes are also an ingredient that adds a level of washability that can be added to just about any craft. Try one of these activities with your child:

Soap Flake Sculpting Clay

  • 3/4 cup soap flakes
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • Mixing bowl

Mix soap flakes and water until it reaches a clay-like consistency. Use it as you would any other sculpting clay. Your child can make shapes, jewelry, animals, and other figures. The soap flake figures will dry completely overnight. Decorate with paint the following day.

Soap Flake Snowman

  • 4 cups soap flakes
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Toothpicks or twigs
  • Markers
  • Peppercorns
  • Small strips of felt
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Electric mixer

Combine soap flakes and water into a large mixing bowl and mix to a dough-like consistency. Form three balls. Stick a toothpick in the bottom ball and stick the other two on top. Attach toothpicks or twigs into the middle ball for arms and peppercorns for eyes and buttons. To make the nose, break a toothpick in half and color it orange. Use small strips of felt to make a scarf. Let the snowman dry overnight.

Soap Flake Paint

Painting is such a wonderful activity for little ones, but it can get messy. It's one thing to let your child get good and messy, but it's another to wind up with paint stains on your child's hands and clothing and household surfaces. Soap flakes were practically made to be added to paint. Just sprinkle some soap flakes into the paint, and any messes can easily be cleaned up.

By Stephanie Brown
Stephanie Brown is a parenting writer with experience in the Head Start program and in NAEYC accredited child care centers.