It’s become a tradition for my daughter and I to attend “Colonial Days” at one of the local schools. Every November we dig out my old Silver Dollar City dresses and pack up the spinning wheels, looms, and fiber to demonstrate some Old World skills in spinning, weaving, knitting, and the like.
This year, we wanted to share a hands-on project with the children – but it had to be kid-friendly for ages 3 to 10. Kendra came up with the idea for Felted Soap, which she enjoyed at a craft fair not too long ago. We gathered a few supplies (100 bars of soap and a whole lot of llama roving) and got set up.
Colonial Day Costumes
(Both of these were my work dresses when I was 16 years old. Yes, my daughter can wear it )
- Kendra sets up with buckets of water, soap, and wool.
The children were thrilled to get their hands some fluff and start wrapping their soap bars. Then they put them inside a piece of nylon stocking and added some old-fashioned elbow grease.
Agitating the fibers to fuse, or felt, them together to encase the soap.
After several minutes of rub-a-dub-dub, we’re ready for the Big Reveal! What will be inside this old hose?
Squeezing out excess water and peeling away the stocking reveals the magic.
And now we have our own exfoliating bars of soap that won’t leave a slippery mess in the shower!
Completed Felted Soap with Kool-Aid-Dyed wool
This is a terrific activity to do with your own kids at home, or your local homeschool or after school group!
If you’d like to try your hand at some felted soap, check out this video for complete instructions: