Fun with Kids: Ivory Soap Souffle Recipe

When kids are out of school, it’s often up to Mom to find something for them to do. Today, we’ll learn…

How to make an Ivory Soap Bar Cloud, smash it, color it and model it into fancy shapes

Place the bar of Ivory soap in the middle of a piece of paper towel;

Place it in the center of the microwave oven;

Cook the bar of soap on HIGH for 2 minutes. The soap will  begin to expand and erupt into lovely puffy clouds. Keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn’t overcook. Allow the soap to cool for a bit before touching it;

Carefully take the paper towel and the souffle out of the oven. Allow it to cool for few more minutes. The cloud will be puffy but rigid. It can be crushed and crumbled to bits. The best place to do this is at the kitchen table.

When the awe moment is gone and the cloud broken down into bits, place the bits of cloud in a food processor with a few drops of water and whiz it for about 20 seconds until you get a paste. Get the paste out, and add food coloring if you wish, mix it well and, using cookie cutters or just crafty hands, model it into lovely cute shapes. Let hem dry for a day or two and then, use them in the bath, or wrap them nicely and give them to grandma or and auntie or a friend as a gift.

Ivory soap is one of the few brands of bar soap that floats in water even though does not have large pockets of air inside. To find out whether the experiment will work with other brand of soap, just dip it in water. If it floats, it is fit  for a soap cloud souffle (Dove doesn’t do the trick!). Have fun and enjoy.


how to make a soap cloud in the microwave. Great fun for the kids

PS. You may find that you enjoy this a little bit more than the kids. You’ll get frustrated that they take over the whole paste and their shapes will not be quite as nice and lovely as you would do them.

Well, after my kids have finally gone to sleep, I poured myself a glass of red,  I microwaved a new bar of soap, and spent the best 2 hours of my day modeling  12  baby pink heart shapes (infused with just a drop of rose essential oil. The next day, I discovered that it’s possible to make soap from scratch.