Friday the kids were doing the snow dance as the forecast was for the biggest snow we have had in years! They have had fun playing out in the snow, throwing snowballs, and trying to build a snowman. We decided to keep the snow fun going with this super simple craft we found at FamilyFun.com – Snowball Soap.
You need 4 bars of ivory soap, 1/2 cup of lukewarm water and if you want to really make them fun, some little plastic penguins to hide inside. We couldn’t find the penguins anywhere near us so we made the snowballs without toys.
Using a cheese grater, grate the bars of soap and transfer to a large bowl. Little ones need supervision for this part!
Gradually add the lukewarm water (we added a few drops of peppermint extract to the water for a nice minty smell) and work the mixture to the consistency of clay. Shape the mixture in to snowballs.
Once you shape the snowballs, place them on a tray to dry. Ours took about 24 hours to completely dry. If you are adding the toy penguins you add them as you are creating the soapballs. We also thought it would look nice if you sprinkled the snowballs with a bit of glitter before letting them dry.
When they are dry, package them up in a cute gift sack and give them as inexpensive gifts. We gave some to the kids in our neighborhood today and they loved them.
One quick note of caution before cleaning up your work utensils – rinse them COMPLETELY in the sink before putting them in the dishwasher. I failed to do this and my dishwasher was FULL of soap suds. I had to run the load twice and do an extra rinse cycle. Yikes!