Fridays are science/art days at our house. We have a much more relaxed day without a school schedule and do fun things. I read about this Soap Explosion “experiment” online this week so we gave it a go this morning.
All you have to do is chop an Ivory soap bar into 4 pieces. Place one chunk on a piece of paper in the microwave (trim the paper if you need to so that it will still rotate). The tutorials said it might take up to 4 minutes, but it only took us about 30 seconds to get decent results. The only problem with this activity is that the kidlets wanted to try every last piece of soap in the house (and I just bought a ten bar pack!!)! 🙂 And since they can break pieces off to use, there have also been a lot of excuses to go to the bathroom and wash hands. I think that makes this a perfect “game” if you’re practicing proper hand washing techniques with littler ones.
If your microwave smells a little “soapy” when you’re done, just put 1 cup water and 1/2 cup lemon juice in a microwavable bowl or measuring cup. Microwave for 3 minutes and leave it to sit in the closed microwave for 3 more minutes when it finishes. Dump the liquid and wipe the sides, turntable, and door of the microwave with a clean cloth. This is probably the best way I know to clean a microwave — no chemicals required!
Now go try it! Do something fun with your kids, just because! 🙂