I don’t know about anybody else’s offspring but mine, while happy to get in the bath/shower do still need a fair amount of prompting to actually wash themselves.With that in mind when I cam across The Soap Kitchens #makeitmonday recipe for Play Dough Soap my imagination was fired. Great, I thought, something fun to get the children involved in, making soap that that they can then use. I envisaged a happy gathering in the kitchen and a little halo of smugness for trying to be the perfect parent. Reality on the other hand stuck her nose in and Harry Potter on PS4 was deemed more interesting than stirring concoctions in the kitchen. So orders taken, husband and brother-in-laws sent out into the wilds of Dorset to walk the dogs, my lovely sister-in-law Sarah and I set about having some fun.
Play Dough soap is actually a very simple recipe as follows
- 1 cup of corn starch
- 1/4 cup of liquid soap
- 8 teaspoons of almond oil
- 1 teaspoon fragrance
- 1 teaspoon liquid colour
Put the liquid soap and almond oil in a bowl and stir until combined then add the fragrance and colour and mix in
Add about half of the corn starch and stir
Add the other half and with your hands mix in together to combine into one ball
Place into small plastic pots to prevent drying out
We found (or rather sister in law found) this a really easy recipe to follow and somewhat like pastry making. We did find the mixture a bit dry and added some more liquid soap to help combine it. I also used Zenicolor which is not a liquid colour so I am wondering if that made a difference. However the technique, measuring, stirring and bringing it together by hand I think would work really well with children. We have all tried the end product and liked it, it doesn’t foam a huge amount but the liquid soap we used is SLS free so has the foaming ingredient taken out.
This is defintely a good and fun make to do with children at home and I will adding it to my list of makes when I get my workshops up and running.
In other news
I have just started book 10 of my 50 book challenge. The first assignment has been handed in to my tutor for the Aromatherapy course, which seems to have been OK, second assignment is ready to go and working on 3 and 4 to be finished this week (fingers crossed). My husband is doing well, we have a few days booked in London for half term and looking forward to that.