If you haven’t been to Plaid Peacock in downtown Waterloo, you really must go. The restored building is absolutely beautiful, and the variety of Iowa art and products is sure to have something for everyone.
Now, back to the kids.
A couple of the kids showed up a tad early, so they helped me with last minute preparations. We also chit chatted and got to know each other a bit.
They could choose between a fish or a robot. While they were doing that, they waiting for me to microwave the glycerin soap base. Once the base was melted, they added fragrance and stirred. After putting their toy into the soap mold, they carefully poured soap over the toy.
Next we moved on to the gift soap. I pre-made little soap spheres with glitter and the kids got to choose some for their soap.
They put the spheres into a clamshell mold. Then they waited for their cup of soap to get melted. Once they had a cup of melted soap, they added some yummy pearberry fragrance. After spraying the spheres with rubbing alcohol to help the overpour stick, they carefully poured their melted soap over the spheres. The hardest part was waiting for the soap to set.
While we waited for the soap to set, they made another gift. Each child got to make some bath salts. I brought some little salts, kind of like table salts, that already had fragrance added. Each child got a couple of spoonfuls of those, and then got a big scoop of larger sea salts. These were placed into a yogurt carton.
The lids went on and the kids shook shook shook the salts to get everything good and mixed. Once things were pretty well mixed (it got kind of noisy!), we added a few drops of color to the salts. I was fun to see the color choices. There was some color combining going on, and all of the salts ended up with absolutely gorgeous color. The kids noticed that some pieces of salt were darker than others.
Oh, I just loved working with these kids. It’s so nice to have such enthusiastic and interested kids.While we continued to wait for the gift soap to set, the kids made cards and gift wrap. I enjoyed watching the creativity of these precious children. While they made cards and gift wrap, we also talked about having another soap activity in June.
Plaid Peacock and I haven’t set anything up yet, but we would certainly love to do another morning of soaping with kids. I better get going on checking my schedule to see when we can make that happen. I hope the kids will come back and that a few more will come join us. I'm also thankful that one of the moms stayed and helped out with the class. She was a life saver!
Thanks for reading!