Friday, August 21, 2009

Homemade Bath Crayons

Finished Dinosaur Soap

As a frugal parent, I could never justify spending the money on kids tub crayons; I mean, they basically use them once and then they're garbage if they are even left. And with 3 rough boys, I would have to buy more than 1 package at a time. So this project creates very cheap bath crayons that a parent can make on their own or a child can easily help to make.  If your child helps you, then you get 2 things to occupy your kid - one time to make the soap and another time to play in the tub for awhile drawing up a storm! A child can easily grate some soap, add food coloring, add water, pack the soap into molds (like playing in the sand) , and put them into the freezer. Hopefully, if they help, they can forget about the crayons for a few days while they properly dry out (or they will crumble when they try to write with them).

1 bar of soap (something simple like ivory)
spray vegetable oil
food coloring.
a grater
ice cube tray or small mold

1. Lightly Spray an ice cube tray or similar mold with vegetable oil spray
2. Using the smallest holes on your grater, grate an entire bar of soap.

3. Add 15 drops of food coloring to the soap.

4. Add 2 tablespoons of warm/hot water to the soap. Stir an add more water a teaspoon at a time until it looks like a thick dough. (try not to overdo the water as it will take much longer to dry).

5. Press the mixture into your mold of choice.

6. Freeze for 30-45 minutes.
7. Pop out the crayons and let them dry for a minimum of 2 days.

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