These melt-and-pour soaps are fun to make and fun to use - especially the soap you embed with small toys, which emerge the more you wash your hands. We particularly like the idea of embedding a plastic spider (or other creepy crawly) with legs that stick out further and further as the soap gets smaller, tickling your hands as you wash for dinner. We love that the book also explores a bit of soap science, including a few soap-based activities on topics like the surface tension of water.
WHAT THE KIDS SAY
It is fun to make something we will use for bath time. It is a fun thing to do., but I wish the kit was not so girly looking; that there were more boy colours and molds. I think this should be made in a version for boys, with airplanes and robots to make into soap.
Making the soap was really fun because it comes with stickers, you can use whatever colour you want and there are different shapes. There is glitter that you mix with the soap cubes and it turns into shiny soap. I liked making different kinds of shapes and colours of soaps. This was my first time making soap and I really liked it. I had some help from my daddy and we made the soaps together in our kitchen. We didn't have to buy soap, we made it. I like the little fish that goes in the bag. It was squishy. But some things were hot and I couldn't touch them.
This is the kit I opened first. I love the idea that I can make my own soap. I especially like adding the glitter and the scent drops. It's easy to do and I can do it myself. I like using the microwave and melting the wax bit by bit. The shapes to pick from are cool too, but the mold cracks easily.
I like that there are so many soap molds with different shapes and sizes to choose from. I also like all the different colours and that the soap makes a lot of bubbles. I like the cat because it comes with lots of different faces to put on it. I wish there were more soap squares to make more things.
It was easy to make, and the soap actually works! I see the white bubbles when I scrub.
WHAT ADULTS THINK
We made almost all of the soaps in one session. My daughter (6) loved planning the soaps out and deciding who she could give them to. It was a really fun activity to do together and she was very interested in how the soap was made. Not sure why it includes glitter! My daughter enjoyed this project of creating sweet smelling cute soaps as gifts for friends and families. Everything was included in the kit and was easy to use and explain to her. The molds are well designed and easy to use. You can tell what the shapes are even in other colours. There was hot wax and parent support is required.
We enjoyed this craft kit! I This has pretty much all you need to get started and was a good value for money on the afternoon we enjoyed it. Easy to follow and fun to make. All the children (m8, f8, f5) enjoyed making and then later using their own soap. The soap set quickly and we had fun using it at bath time. The concept is fun and the design of the book is really creative. My son had fun, although did not make his soap cute (pink etc) colours. Needs adult help with hot wax and pouring.
Brilliant for the pre-teen age group that likes to get creative and crafty - 8-12 would be an appropriate age range. Zahra (F9) loves the variety of different shapes and all the creative ideas in the booklet. She enjoyed making her own soaps and liked to add scent, glitter or anything she could find into her soap creations. Soaps are a great size for everyday or for travel size. She also made some to give her friends and teacher at the end of the school year. I couldn't' be more proud that she has taken the initiative to do this an share her creations with her buddies. I think this type of activity could be something we could do every year to give to friends and family (The kit can be added to from the local craft store). Excellent kit with lasting power because you can continue to make soap by getting supplies from a craft store. As usual Klutz makes very clear instructions with full colour photographs, however, the Klutz box style doesn't work great for this activity as there are so many little pieces of wax and coloured dots they don't fit back in the box. And they are left out ...one bump and they go flying everywhere. So storage was an issue. We like the variety of colours and shapes that it comes with and the scent drops- it's everything you need- just the inside tray isn't well organized. Quality of the items is average, the mold tray cracked when Zahra (F9) tried to get the soap creations out- but we are still able to work around it. If safety guidelines are followed this activity poses no risk.
A really fun art kit that creates actual useful items. My daughter (6) was fully engaged in the entire process. We enjoyed making this project together, as parent supervision is required. It was hard for her to split the soap cubes. And, as clearly indicated in the instructions, heating the cubes had to be done by an adult. Everything is included in the box and the book is attached, although that makes it hard to keep open as you are making the soap. The soap is ready to be popped out after 30 minutes, and more can be made. I really enjoyed making this beauty project with her. We had a great time. Although I am not a fan of glitter!! Once the supplies are finished the project will be over.
Lily (7) was so excited that she could actually make her own soap - that works. She made one soap the first day we had it - easy to follow the instructions and very easy to do. The pieces are easy to break apart, you can do it in the microwave for ease, and it cools/sets/dries really fast. And didn't make a big mess. The soap that hardened in the measuring cup was easy to wash out with hot water. Plus, it makes my kids want to wash their hands with the new, cool soap! Lily could easily do it all on her own - a parent needs to help with heating of the liquid, but that's it. She loved that it was quick, the molds are cute, and there was a lot of choice for colour. She can't wait to make more with sparkles in them or with a toy inside! The instructions explain how soap works and how it's made, which is good for curious learners. You can make about 10 little soaps with the kit.
Make up to 10 colorful, sparkly, sudsy soaps with glitter, skin-safe stickers, and custom mold shapes. Projects include a cute fish-in-a-bag soap, galaxy stars, emoji cats, confetti soap, cupcakes, and multicolor peace signs. Sidebars contain fun facts about the chemistry of clean, with easy kitchen science experiments.
36-page book of instructions & inspiration
20 blocks or .55 lb (250 g) of clear soap base
Soap mold with 6 shapes
.07 fl oz (2 ml) coconut-papaya scent
20 color tablets
.02 oz (.5 g) cosmetic grade glitter
7 skin-safe soap stickers
Clear cellophane bag
2 paper boats