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I’m not sure what is happening at your place around bath time. At our place, it is a hit and miss how well the news will be received. The kids either get excited to jump in or I end up running in circles trying to get them in the tub. That was until a few nights ago when we started using Soap Jellies!
DIY Bath Time Soap Jellies
Give my kids a tub of water in the backyard and they will have a blast. Ask them to get in the bath? Miss 3 makes out as she will melt in water and Miss 6 starts running in circles. We do all sorts of play activities in the bath to make it more inviting. Glow stones, Duplo, coloured water, shaving foam bath paint, bath crayons and animal figurines have all been great in the past. However, the last few nights have been saved by Soap Jellies!
What you need to make your own Soap Jellies
- 250ml boiling water
- 3 teaspoons powdered gelatine
- 250ml liquid soap (we used shower gel)
- Measuring jug
- Heat Resistant Bowl
- Silicone moulds
- Funnel (optional)
How to make your DIY Soap Jellies
While these jellies are great fun for the kids, best they just watch them being made given the high-temperature water – safety first!
These soap jellies are really easy to make. Although there is a setting time period, they are well worth the wait!
Measure and pour the boiling water into your heatproof bowl. Add the gelatine powder, whisking until the gelatine has completely dissolved. Add your liquid soap and whisk until smooth. Try not to agitate the mix too vigorously to avoid too many bubbles forming.
Once the mixture is smooth and free of lumps, skim the bubbles from the top. Bubbles in your soap jellies aren’t the worse thing to happen in the world. Foam in the moulds will just mean the soap jellies won’t have that perfectly smooth finish.
Pour the mixture into your moulds. We used the funnel to avoid spilling too much of the mixture. Pop the moulds into the fridge and wait until they have set. Depending on the shape of your mould, determines your waiting time. Larger moulds will take longer to set. Ours set within about three hours.
Please keep them in an enclosed container in the fridge to avoid them melting.
These silicone moulds have been such a great resource! We use them all the time for different activities. Some things we have used them for include:
- DIY Crayons
- Frozen Coloured Water
- Taste Safe Sand Bricks
- Recycled Paper Pulp Figures
- Frozen Paint
- Plaster Figurines
- Frozen Oobleck
- Frozen Flowers
How to use your Soap Jellies
Once set, your soap jellies will wiggle and jiggle like real jelly! Once they are wet they melt really quickly leaving a soapy film wherever they have been. Perfect for soaping up some mud and food covered toddlers who usually have bathing adversities!
Rub them gently over damp skin, lather and rinse per usual. To avoid drying out your toddler skin, please remember to follow up their bath with some lotion or moisturiser.
Please remember to remind your toddler that their soap jellies are still soap. Please don’t eat them and mind not to get them near your eyes!
What shape do you think your toddler would like the most? The ducks and hearts have been winners at our place!
Although this little DIY is aimed at us grown-up folk, there are still plenty of learning opportunities for our smaller folk in their use and conversations to follow.
- Cause and effect
- Hand eye coordination
- Sequencing events
- Crossing the midline
- Bilateral coordination
- Experimental Play
- Sensory Play
- Cognitive Development
- Vocabulary Building
- Self Care
Talking to our children offers them so many benefits to assist them with their speech and comprehension. Build on things they already know to further develop their understanding and expose them to new ideas and concepts. Open-ended questions help your toddler and preschooler develop high order thinking skills that can transfer to so many areas in their life, not only as children but throughout adulthood too.
- What do you think is going to happen to the soapy gelatine mixture once it is put into the cold fridge
- What else have we set in the fridge before
- How would you describe your soap jellies
- What else is similar to your soap jellies
- Who do you think would like these soap jellies as much as you
- How long do you think a soap jelly will last in the water
- When else do you think we could use a soap jelly other than in the bath
- Where do you think a good place to keep our bath jellies would be
- What do your soap jellies smell like
- How would you say your soap jellies feel
- What else could we turn into jellies
These jellies have been a hit (and a much-needed relief) at bath time with Miss 3 and Miss 6. Even our ManChild, Mr 45 enjoyed exploring their wiggles and jiggles and soapy attributes – winning!
We would love to hear what your family think of them! Please feel welcome to share your experience in our Play Inspired Mum Facebook Community!
We hope your family love these super fun bath time Soap Jellies as much as we do!
Dani D x