Soap Experiment and Sensory Tub

Marvelously Made – The School for Young Children sent home this soap experiment for us to try.
soap experiment
Take a chunk of ivory soap on a paper plate and put it in the microwave for 45 seconds. Gather around the microwave and watch what happens. Be ready with more than 1 piece because you will want to see it again! So cool!


soap experiment
This is what happens to the ivory soap. It actually looks like it would be soft like shaving cream but it’s not, it’s harder than you’d expect. You can then take this soap mountain into the bathtub. Will it sink or float?
Clean Mud Sensory Tub
That week at Marvelously Made – The School for Young ChildrenΒ they also made “clean mud” with the microwaved soap (above)Β and toilet paper. Just add water and mix with your hands to make a clean mud sensory tub.
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  • Reply Jamie @ hands on : as we grow

    We did ours for 2 minutes – but yeah, most of it was done after 30 seconds – I guess 45 sec would’ve been enough! I like how you just used a part of the bar at a time – then you can do it over and over again πŸ™‚


    May 3, 2011 at 1:07 pm
  • Reply JDaniel4's Mom

    JDaniel would want to do this again and again!

    May 3, 2011 at 2:25 pm
  • Reply Esther J Pragasam

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    May 3, 2011 at 7:38 pm
  • Reply Lynette

    Thanks for this great idea. Definitely going to try it with my fours and fives. They will love it.

    May 3, 2011 at 9:49 pm
  • Reply teacher2mom

    Oh my goodness I just checked your blog and LOVE this sensory tub idea! Perfect to add to my list for Owen. And thank you for your ideas too! πŸ™‚

    May 4, 2011 at 3:05 am
  • Reply Sara @ Embracing Destiny

    So fun! We will be trying this one. Thanks for sharing.

    May 4, 2011 at 12:49 pm
  • Reply Melanie

    What a fun idea!!!

    I would love for you to come link up at my new “Encouragement is Contagious!” linky party! You can share your favorite posts from someone else’s blog to encourage them, and share your favorite from your own blog and get lots of visits πŸ™‚

    Have a great day!
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    May 5, 2011 at 2:05 am
  • Reply Leanne AKA Mommy

    That was so much fun! Thank you for sharing. How does the toilet paper and soap make clean mud?

    May 6, 2011 at 1:44 am
  • Reply medina family

    So cool. Can’t wait to try this with the kids!

    May 6, 2011 at 2:04 am
  • Reply The Activity Mom

    @Leanne, “clean mud” is just a fun name for it. =). The toilet paper blends with the soap when you add the water and it feels like mud.

    May 6, 2011 at 2:15 am
  • Reply Leanne AKA Mommy

    Oh, thanks! I was wondering how it all worked together.

    May 6, 2011 at 2:16 am
  • Reply Anonymous

    So fun–thanks!

    May 11, 2011 at 3:13 am
  • Reply Wendy Space

    Does this have to be ivory soap or will it work with any soap? Thanks!

    May 12, 2011 at 3:00 am
  • Reply The Activity Mom

    Wendy, I’m not sure. I’ve only tried it with Ivory. I don’t think it would go wrong if you tried it with a different brand. Try it first without the kids just to make sure.

    May 12, 2011 at 3:10 am
  • Reply Jen

    Very cool! My girls would love to see this!! They were amazed at how I blow bubbles from one side of a towel with soap. Hope you are doing well! Read your interview tonight.

    Creative and Curious Kids!

    May 15, 2011 at 6:29 am
  • Reply e-Expeditions

    Oh my gosh, that’s just the coolest thing! πŸ™‚ I wonder if you’ve seen the video of shaving cream in a vacuum? This reminded me of it. πŸ™‚

    Here’s the video, if you’d like to see it:

    January 6, 2012 at 9:01 pm
  • Reply The Activity Mom

    e-Expeditions, that is an awesome experiment too. Thanks for the video link! =)

    January 6, 2012 at 9:30 pm
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