If you look up soap carving on the internet, you'll find some amazing works of art. Our soap carving with kids, however, was more about exploring and mark making as opposed to making a beautifully crafted end product.
In other words, soap carving with kids focuses on the process rather than the end result.
We started with a block of soap which had been in the cupboard for years, and some tools normally used for brass work. If you don't have these tools, however, just head for your kitchen drawers/ art supplies cupboard to see what else may work well.
As it turned out, the most popular tools turned out to be a pair of scissors and a paint brush (to remove the soap shavings).
The boys worked steadily on their soap carvings until there was a pile of soap shavings left on the tray.
When I went to break up the last of the soap, once the activity was finished, I discovered why the boys enjoyed it. There was definitely something soothing and therapeutic about breaking the soap into tiny pieces.
Now you could be forgiven for thinking that breaking up soap into tiny pieces was a waste of soap. But rest assured, I had a plan for it - a plan that turned out better than I could have possibly hoped for.
But that's another story ... or should I say ... post. :o
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