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Under 7, 7 to 12
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Under $10
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Turtle Soap
Make a turtle for your tub!
  • Bowl
  • 4-6 drops of green food coloring
  • Kitchen grater with large slots
  • Turtle pattern
  • Bar of soap (Ivory bath-size soap works best.)
  • Small spoon
  • Toothpick
  • Tablespoon of water
  • Wax paper
Step 1
Prepare Soap

Grate the entire bar of soap into the bowl. Add the food coloring and water and mix with the grated soap to form a ball.

Step 2
Cut Soap Into Turtle Shape
  • Place the ball on a sheet of wax paper and flatten the ball with the palm of your hand until it is about 1-1/2 inches thick.
  • Draw and cut out your own turtle shape or download the pattern.
  • Place the turtle template on top of the flattened soap. Use a spoon to carve along the outline of the turtle. Smooth the carved sides by slightly wetting the soap and rubbing the sides with your fingers.
Step 3
Make Turtle's Shell
  • Shape the excess soap into an oval. This will become the turtle’s shell. Remove the template and secure the turtle’s shell in place.
  • Use a toothpick to make indentations for the turtle's eyes and lines on its shell.
Step 4
Let Turtle Soap Dry
  • Place the turtle soap in a warm spot to dry overnight.
  • Peel off the wax paper. Now your turtle soap is ready for a splash in the tub.
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