Squeaky Clean Fun

Projects and activities typically look waaaay cooler on the demo than they do in real life.  I enter into evidence gingerbread houses, hair updos, and any form of homemade spa treatment.  But THIS activity… you’ll earn your parenting activity street cred with this.  Or a girl scout patch depending on which way you roll.

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Go grab a pen and piece of paper to write down the supplies.  Got the pen?  Okay.  Write this down: 1 bar of ivory soap.  Sorry, I’ll repeat it just to make sure you got all the details: 1 bar of ivory soap.  Excellent.

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Here’s where it gets tricky.  Place the bar if soap on a piece of parchment paper (or Saran wrap, or just a paper plate) inside your microwave.

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Set your microwave to 2 minutes and press start.  (Sorry for the complexity of all this…)  Watch and marvel… you may not need to cook the full 2 minutes, so stop whenever you feel like things are getting  ‘expansive’ enough for you!

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This was after the first minute. We ultimately went pretty close to the full 2 minutes. Rebels.

I did this activity with Oliver and he thought the microwave portion was great.  BUT… when we brought the newly microwaved soap to the table for him to explore, he got his soapy snowy groove on.

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He quickly learned that Ivory soap tastes disgusting.

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He crumbled it.

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He made snowmen.

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And then it snowed.

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And snowed.

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And snowed some more.

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And still more.  Lots and lots of snowing.

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And finally, there was some sweeping of all the snow.

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Our soapy morning satisfied everything on my parental activity checklist: few materials, little prep, and enjoyed by all!

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xo

Charlotte

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