Children’s Craft Idea: Ivory Soap Clouds

06/30/2012. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.


I didn’t intend to post this but there is a great deal on Ivory soap right now and I thought it was worth mentioning.

I know some of you are absolutely not crafters.  If that is you, well I have a little project you can make with the little ones and it will literally take you 90 seconds to do.

You are looking at an extra 15 seconds for clean up- so let’s round this project up to 2 minutes total and your children will be delighted!  (My husband thought I was pretty cool when he saw this for the first time too.)

Now this requires a leap of faith because it is going to seem crazy.

All you need to do this little project is a plain bar of Ivory soap and a microwave.

Just go ahead and unwrap that Ivory soap and place it on a nice big piece of wax paper.  If you don’t have wax paper you can use parchment or saran wrap or a great big plate because this expands like crazy.

Put it right in the microwave and turn the micro on for a few minutes.  I usually go about 50-60 seconds but you can play with the times and see what you get.

(This is not meant as an advertisement for Ivory but that seems to be the only soap that works for these magic little clouds.)

And viola! the Ivory soap will fluff up into a big cloud!  Sometimes these are huge and sometimes not so huge so the results will keep life exciting.

The cloud is a soft texture and it sort of crumbles apart when you squoosh it.  It still lathers just like soap and it can break apart into smaller clouds.

This won’t ruin your microwave or explode or make everything taste soapy after you do it.  You will get a pop of soap smell right when you open the door but don’t panic because that goes away quickly.

Now the little clouds are sort of warm- I handle them right away but for little fingers I would give it a few minutes to cool off.

Then it is time to play!

I make these for bath time but if you have outdoor kiddie pools, sprinklers, water tables etc… this would be fun.  In the tub this will still lather and eventually it disintegrates.   Usually I have a few clumps of Ivory to clean up after the bath but really that is it.

My girls just light up when I make these so give it a shot!



This smart idea came from Chemistry.com

See lots more ideas for fun things to do with the kiddos by scrolling down here.

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