Awhile back my daughter's preschool teacher made "clean mud" with the class and while talking about it she mentioned to me that I should put Ivory soap in the microwave & see what happens! She did not mention what actually happens but I kept the tidbit in my mind hoping to test it out at a later date.
Mad Science Week brought the idea to the forefront of my mind & I figured it was a great time to try it and see what happens. I am so glad I did! The ivory soap produced quite an unexpected & amazing reaction!
Ivory Soap Explosion & Exploration
What You Need:
bar of Ivory soap
towel or plate
What To Do:
1. cut the bar in half -
you DO NOT want to put the entire thing in the microwave at once
unless you want a huge mess in there! :)
2. cut the halves into half -
now you have 4 quarters of the soap.
3. Put 1/4 piece of soap bar into microwave & heat for 1-2 mins.
Note: I put it on a paper plate to minimize the mess/clean-up.
4. WATCH what happens!
The reaction happens quickly so watch it & stop when appropriate.
I think it took about a minute, definitely less than two.
Of course we repeated the above with all 4 pieces.
Then, after we watched the reaction of the ivory soap when heated
we had to explore it through smell, touch & play!
It was dry and soft & the girls said it felt like tissue paper
(I think that was a good description of it)
After playing with it for a few minutes,
they wanted to add water to see if they could make snowballs.
Being this was all about experimenting -
I obliged and gave them a cup of water to pour in as they wanted.
They added a little to see what happens
& they were able to form a "snowball-ish" type ball.
The more water they added, the more the initial foam "melted".
It was quite messy but being that we were playing with soap -
does it really qualify as a mess? :)
After adding in the entire cup of water we were left with lots of suds.
They finished by playing with the suds for awhile which they enjoyed.
They had super clean hands at the end of it all!
Who would have thought a bar of Ivory soap could be so fun?
You must try it!