It’s Dinosaur month here at Kiwi Crate, so we’ve been trying out all kinds of dinosaur activities at my house. I saw a few different versions of this idea online and it looked like fun — plus it’s a great incentive to convince my kids to get in the bath!
I combined the directions from this source and this one (but don’t follow the latter’s directions — the proportions of gelatin to water are wrong). Note: this soap is more of a jelly consistency than a solid, so it’s probably better for playing in the bathtub than washing hands at the sink.
Dinosaur Soap Ingredients
- 1 packet unflavored gelatin (I’m pretty sure flavored Jell-O won’t work)
- 3/4 cup boiling water
- 1 tsp iodized salt
- 1/2 cup bubble bath or bath gel
- Food coloring
- Plastic dinosaurs
- Mold (I used an aluminum bread pan; it would be more fun to use a clear glass bread pan if you have one)
- Small bowl
**You’ll notice a cookie cutter in the picture above; I ended up not using it, but had already taken the picture. Consider it just a perch for your dinosaurs. 🙂
First, empty the packet of gelatin into the bowl. Then, (this is an adult step,) pour in the hot water and stir until the gelatin has dissolved.
Measure the bubble bath (or bath gel) and add to the bowl with the gelatin.
Next stir in the food coloring; we used 20-30 drops. It was so fun for S not to have to stop after 2-3 drops! Then add the salt.
Pour the mixture into the mold. As I said, we used this bread pan, but I wish that we had a glass dish — it would have been cooler to see the dinosaurs through the sides.
Then send your dinosaurs in for a swim! In order to cut the soap bars out later, you’ll want to try to arrange the dinosaurs so they’re not too close.
Place your dinosaur-gelatin-soap in the fridge for about an hour (it will harden just like real Jell-O!)
You can cut it out your soap with a butter knife (or a cookie cutter if you want to get fancy.)
Of course if it’s not dinosaur month at your house, you can feel free to suspend any creatures you’d like in your soap! I can imagine bugs, butterflies or fairies would be fun too.