Is your child bored with the usual arts and crafts hobby such as finger painting, drawing and coloring? Then why don’t you suggest a new hobby that can keep him occupied for a long time, and includes working with his hands while being creative at the same time? One such hobby that might be of interest is soap making. Aside from just stimulating both the creative mind and hands of your child, its final product is also useful as it can be used as a decoration or it can also be used for bathing or washing one’s hands.
For children who are going to make the soap, it is recommended that glycerin soap be used instead of the conventional method. This is because the conventional method makes use of lye, which is a corrosive substance when it comes to contact in the skin. This is very dangerous especially if children are going to handle it. Glycerin soap will only require melting of the soap and it will already be ready to use for designing.
After the soap has melted, the first thing that you should do is decide what shape you want to give your soap. This can be achieved by using molds that come in different shapes and sizes. You need not be confined to just simple shapes as you can be more creative and try other designs like food-shaped soaps.
Using dyes to give color to your soap is also a good idea to increase is appeal. Since glycerin soap is transparent, you can use any color of dye and the color won’t be altered due to the original color of the glycerin soap. Using different colors for a single soap will be great as you can come up with a lot more designs if you are able to perfect this technique.
Other ingredients that can be added to soap are fragrant oils and lotions. Fragrant oils will add to the appeal of your soap as it will be very nice to smell and use. Lotions on the other hand, can help moisturize your skin so you won’t have that dry feeling after taking a shower with your soap.
The many different designs and combinations that you can do with soap will keep you or your child occupied for a very long time. Trying to perfect a technique will take some time. It will also stimulate the mind as to what may be the best approach when it comes to doing a certain design. The best part is that the final product will not go to waste. You can use it for decorating bathrooms, washing and cleaning yourself, as a gift or it can even be sold.
Soap making can also keep you occupied especially if you have lots of free time. But for adults, it might be better if you try doing the conventional methods so that it will be much more of a challenge. You will also be able to control the characteristics of soap such as its mildness, hardness and lathering properties.
Soap making is a very good hobby for people of all ages. It will take up a lot of time to learn and perfect the techniques needed in soap making. But the different designs that you can come up with will be great to show off to other people and in making your bathroom look better. Rejects can even be used for washing your hands or when taking a bath making it a very practical hobby.