There are some activities which force me to slow down. Cooking with my children is a great example, it just can't be rushed. Making gifts with my children has the same effect. Recently we made homemade bath crayons for Otis to give to his school friends for Christmas. Making bath crayons requires heating so it's something that requires us to work together. We always make lots of crayons so we have extra gifts at home and lots of bath crayons for the boys' bathtime!
Bath crayons you may ask, how do you make them? It's incredibly easy because we use heat and pour soap bases. They are easy to find and really easy to use (foolproof!).
Homemade Bath Crayons
Ingredients and materials
- Melt and Pour Soap Base (in Australia we buy soap bases here)
- Pyrex Jug (or other microwave safe jug, ours is 2 cup capacity) and Microwave
- Colouring (we use food colouring)
- Silicone Mould (similar tree mould here)
- Chop up soap base into small pieces. Otis uses his vegetable cutter to do this (see top picture).
- Fill pyrex jug with the soap base pieces and put in the microwave for 2-3 minutes on the LOWEST heat setting or until it all melts.
- Carefully add only a couple of drops of food colouring (you can also add essential oils at this stage) and stir. We've used this recipe for years and haven't experienced any staining, however, be careful some food colouring may stain porous surfaces.
- Pour melted soap base into the moulds. We have Christmas tree moulds, there are so many moulds available you can choose any theme!
- Wait, within a couple of hours, the bath crayons set hard and will easily pop out of the moulds. The timing will vary on the room temperature and the size of the bath crayon.
- Package the crayons, write gift labels and give to friends! Or put a few in the bathroom ready for bathtime fun!
I love taking the time to slow down and work with Otis to make homemade gifts. I love seeing how proud Otis is when he gives his friends their bath crayons! I hope they enjoy them as much as we do!