We used wood, plastic and metal knives, as well as a pocket knife and wooden skewers. Each kid carved over a plate so we could save the scraps. You can add a bit of hot water to the scraps and gather them into a ball to use later in the tub. I saved my scraps to make my own clothes detergent, which I will share soon.
We started with the idea of making boats, but as we got into the project new ideas emerged.
We made people, cash registers and birds.
We cut, scraped, scored, poked, added soap back on and burnished. Each child sharing their their discoveries of the medium with the others.
This was engaging and enjoyable(and smelled so fresh!) My kids have already asked me to get more soap to work with. The ideas for new projects are flowing!
At the end, we tested which designs floated the best, and made some hypotheses for what changes to make next time.