Soap making is a great way to engage kids of all ages in the classroom! The kids get to take a physical, useful item home with them as well as important knowledge! For younger ages, the process can be very simplified and for older ages it can be made more difficult. We will be discussing the easiest way to make soap in the post, but if you would like a more difficult way, click here!

  • Large bowl
  • 3 cups of Soap Flakes (unscented, if you would like to add your own scent)
  • 1 to 1-1/2 cups water
  • Food coloring
  • Vegetable oil
  • Essential oil (such as lavender)
  1. Mix the soap flakes with the water in a large bowl, adding the water to the consistency of play dough.
  2. Add a few drops of food coloring and scented oil.
  3. Coat each child’s hands with a small amount of vegetable oil and allow them to manipulate the mixture with their hands into fun shapes or into molds.
  4. Allow the soap shapes to dry overnight.

*** If you want a variety of scents and/or colors, divide the soap before adding food coloring and oils.

Hand-made soap can also make a great gift for mothers on Valentine’s day! The kids could get creative and tie ribbons or, if making rectangular soap, can make construction paper covers with messages on it for their moms. With this simple but fun project, the possibilities are endless!

For more creative ideas, visit our Pinterest page Teach- Soap Making!


About Sarah Schott

I have enjoyed hunting, fishing, and the outdoors my entire life. My enjoyment of writing, reading, and teaching others leads me to want to share my passions of the environment. I have also found conservation to be very important and I am well aware of how important conservation choices are! Through my work with the District, I like to deliver information that is helpful, inspiring, and challenging for our readers to make even better conservation choices of all our natural resources!

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