Some kids love the bath; others don’t. Regardless of which group your child falls into he will appreciate bath time a little more when he sees the fabulous soap crayons you’ve made! Now your child can draw and color on himself, the walls, the tub – whatever! Your only problem after that is how to get the child out of the tub!
It isn’t difficult to make soap crayons. The hardest part – although it’s not hard at all – is finding molds for the new crayons. Although the word “crayon” suggests the soap should have a cylindrical shape, that’s not so. You can use ice trays to make square soaps or even jar lids to make round crayons. If you want the soaps to be shaped similarly to crayons, though, that’s easy enough to accomplish. Use foil to make the molds. One way is to just place a crayon on a piece of foil and pull the foil up around it. Another is to just shape a piece of foil to have a shape similar to a crayon.
Use mild laundry soap, like Ivory or Dreft, to make the soap crayons. Place a cup of the powdered detergent in a plastic bowl. Add a couple of teaspoons of water and begin stirring. Continue adding more water – a teaspoon at a time – until the soap until you’ve created a thick but liquid combination.
Make all the crayons the same color or create a set of different colors. If you’re making them all the same color just place a drop or two of food coloring in the bowl and stir it well. Add more drops, if needed, to make the color you want. If you’re making more than one color, split the soap mixture up between two or more bowls. Add the food coloring to make a different color in each bowl.
Place the soap mixture in the chosen molds and set aside to dry. If the molds are placed somewhere that’s warm and sunny the crayons will dry in a couple of days. If you’re drying them indoors it can take a little longer. When the soap is completely set you can wrap it with plastic wrap until ready to use.
Be aware that the food coloring in the soap can leave stains on certain surfaces. It’s a good idea to make a tiny mark with the crayon, somewhere that’s not very noticeable, just to make sure it won’t stain your tub or walls.