::: clouds of ivory soap
While reading other people’s blogs, particularly those from the United States, we regularly come across a product called Ivory Soap. We Googled it (as we do) and discovered that it is a soap which has been whipped and is full of air bubbles, which makes it quite light.
Now we don’t have that soap here in Australia and haven’t been able to find an equivalent, but our lovely friend Amy Ahola from Child Central Station sent us a bundle of cakes of soap for us to have a play with …
Our first experiment was very simple. We have been told the soap does amazing things when heated up in the microwave and we just had to find out for ourselves.
We popped a block onto a plate and put it in the microwave on high for two minutes …
and then there was a bit of movement at the station.
We kept popping it back in for a minute at a time and we all, one year old included, were totally fascinated by the transformation.
From a small hard block of soap came this luscious cloud …
which reminded us of the meringue on top of lemon meringue pie …
or a good old Aussie pavlova!
It cooled down very quickly and we were all keen to feel it.
It looked very soft but was still quite firm.
Ideas of imaginative play hurtled through our minds but unfortunately the day had come to an end and we ran out of time. We sent the cloud of soap home with the children to use in their bath. Hopefully they only broke off a small piece at a time and didn’t dunk the whole lot in!
Thanks to Amy we still have pleanty of soap left to try this with the children again … and again … and again!