Fun with Soap Carving: An Inexpensive Activity for Tweens

Carving a bear out of soap

Carving a bear out of soap

As part of his cub scout “Whittling Chip” requirements, my 9 year old son had to crave a bear out of a bar of soap.

Having never craved soap before, this ended up being a grand adventure that my 11 year old thought looked fun, so she joined in.


Since there is an art to carving soap, after the second discarded bar of soap, we finally found the Ivory website’s tips for carving soap and how to create their own bars of soap from the discards.

We had a LOT of discarded soap

Making Green Soap from the discards

In the end, this was lots of fun and we came out with a carved bear, a carved pig, and two bars of green soap. All for the price of 4 bars of ivory soap (about $1.50)

I think we’ll try it again in the future – just for fun.

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