Soap Making for Kids: DIY Sea Creature Soap Craft

Looking for activities for kids? Try soap making with them! It's a kids craft you'll both love.Note that this is “soap making for kids” and not “soap making for toddlers.” Sweet T was a little too young to completely engage in this craft, but she had fun adding the fragrance, coloring, and toys to the soap. And she’s certainly enjoying the finished products! We found a six-pack of sea creature bath toys at our local Dollar Tree so when the soap gets used, the kids have a squirt toy to use in the tub. Since I had the other materials at home already these wound up costing pennies. Perfect party favors!

You will need:
Clear glycerin soap blocks ($10 for 32oz pack at Hobby Lobby. Use one of their weekly 40% off coupons to make it $6)
Food Coloring
Silicone Cupcake Liners
Essential oil
Small toys (Dollar Tree!)
Glitter (optional)

making soap with kids

Microwave one block of glycerin soap in a pourable microwave container for 30 seconds or until liquefied. Add 1-2 drops food coloring and 1 drop essential oil. Add glitter if desired. Stir.
melting soap
Pour into silicone mold and allow to cool for a couple of minutes before nesting toy in partly solidified soap.

Since I used all the bath toys before deciding to take pictures and blog a tutorial, I used the only other plastic toy around. A cockroach. Nice, I know. My Dad and I have this inside thing where we hide plastic cockroaches at each others homes to try to startle one another so here’s his Easter gift. :)
The soap will be ready to remove from the silicone in a little less than an hour. All of our glitter sank to the bottom, but Sweet T likes it all the same.
Adding glitter to soap

There’s lots of variations for soap making with kids. I found small magnetic letters at Dollar Tree to use to make initial soaps. And really,  if I can make cockroach soap the possibilities are endless.
What will you come up with? Have fun making soap with your kids!

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  1. Very cute!

  2. What a great idea! My son would crack up it if one of his little bug toys were in his soap.

  3. that is a cute idea.

  4. Oh my goodness how cute is this! I just may have to do this.

  5. Love this idea and am surprised the soap sets so quickly.

  6. What a cute idea! I’m always looking for fun crafts for my toddler

  7. So adorable – I have seen them made with little dolls inside so the soap looks like a skirt on the doll.

  8. This is so fun, and the kids would love it!

  9. This is a fun way to get kids into bathing also!

  10. This is so cool!! I love it!

  11. Really cute idea and you’re right that it’s for older kids!

  12. Carrie Phelps says:

    What an absolutely cute idea for gift giving to a child from a child! Love it.

  13. AWESOME idea! My boys would flip their lids over these, so I am going to have to make them some soon I do believe :)

  14. How adorable and they would make an amazing party favor too!

  15. What a super cute idea!

  16. This is so cool. I wish I had tried it when the kids were smaller.

  17. This is very cool! A great summer project!

  18. Those look so cool! I’m going to have to try this!!

  19. Those are CRAZY cute! I’ve always wanted to make soap.

  20. Such a cute idea!! I pinned it to give it a try with my kids in the future.

  21. Cute idea! =)

  22. What fun… I’ve never made soap before, so I think I’d enjoy doing this as much as my son will!

  23. Noah will love this. Especially because its sea creatures. :) I just bought silcone cupcake things too

  24. Those are so much fun!

  25. That looks like it would be a fun project.

  26. Such a cute craft! Looks fun to make.

  27. What a super cute idea.

  28. What a cute idea!

  29. This is super cute and fun!!

  30. Such a cute idea! I’ll have to try it with my girls.

  31. Rachel Ellis says:

    Thanks for the great idea! I think my son will really enjoy making these!

  32. So cute!

  33. Such a cute idea!

  34. Sandy VanHoey says:

    My grandchildren would love this. We use to have a Hobby Lobby close by and I miss not having that anymore. I love how these turned out….cute!

  35. Mary Williams says:

    These would make pretty cool stocking stuffers! My son would love them!

  36. Robin Wilson says:

    If you were here I would hug you! I have been looking for an easy yet inexpensive and unique “something” that I could make as gifts for the kids at church for Christmas! This is it! I think this is a great idea and I will have a blast making it!

  37. Jacquelyn says:

    Instead of using food coloring buy the soap coloring while you are at Michaels or Hobby Lobby. The food coloring can stain your hands and clothes etc.
    We have been doing this for years and even made them as guest gifts for my daughters shower. Buy the silicone type muffin pans and use them. They have them for all seasons. We did roses for the shower. Fall leaves for Fall, fish and shells for summer, even pumpkins and Christmas trees. We left the color out and put a peppermint in for Christmas ones. The glitter sticks to your hands and no one liked it so we don’t do glitter.

  38. Looks so fun! Thanks for sharing

  39. SUPER cute! I pinned for you. They would make fun gifts!

  40. How neat, I think this would be a fun gift!!! Thanks for sharing!!

  41. These are adorable!! I bet my kids would love to help make them for Christmas gifts.

  42. Emily Armbruster says:

    What type of scented oil do you use and where do you buy it??

  43. I didn’t even know you could buy glycerin soap at Hobby Lobby! I spend too much time in the glitter and beading sections, apparently. Thanks for this super simple, super fun tutorial! I’ve been interested in soap making for a bit, and this seems like a good introduction to the craft!

  44. How many can you make with a 32 oz. package from Hobby Lobby?


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