Making soap


I was toying w/ the idea of making soap when my 7th grade girls read The Witch of Blackbird Pond.

Does anyone have a simple recipe we could do in a classroom? Is that possible? (the kitchen in our building does not have a stove. I have a small propane cooker)


Well, cold processed soap doesn’t need a stove. The lye reaction creates the heat. But, lye is a caustic chemical and this type of soapmaking has a lot of steps and requires multiple ingredients. Obviously you’d need to be very careful with the lye with children.

Another options would be to get some soapmaking materials from a craft store like Michael’s or Hobby Lobby. You aren’t making the soap totally from scratch, it’s just melt and pour in a little crockpot type appliance or microwave.

So, do you want it to be more of a science project with precise measurement, chemical reaction, stirring, pouring, etc… or do you want it to be more of a fun craft project to go along with the book?

That, to me, would determine which way to go.

Go to and look around their website to decide how you want to proceed. They discuss melt-and-pour as well as cold processed, and have recipes for some simple things kids can do like bath fizzies.


I go back and forth. If I can involve the science teacher, that would be great. If not, it may just be a craft project.

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