Nickelodeon Experimake Superb Sea Shaped Soaps by Addo Play is a fun science based craft kit aimed at children aged 8-10 years. Available from The Entertainer toy shop it is part of a bigger range of craft kits all containing various experiment type projects. This one consists of making sea shaped soaps using included moulds, colourings and fragrances.
When opening the box the contents are displayed in two cardboard trays covered in science images which was rather fun but also helped us keep all the bits neatly together.
- 3 sea related moulds
- red and blue colouring
- vanilla fragrance
- 3 pipettes
- stirring sticks
- soap base
- gift bags
- gift labels
The children couldn’t wait to get started and set about making their own sea life soaps. I gave them each a microwaveable plastic pot to which they added the soap base cubes. They put these in the microwave for short bursts until the soap had melted and then loved donning a glove each to add their chosen colours. They quickly worked out that they could mix the colours to create new ones so by adding a couple of drops of red and a couple of blue which created purple. They also noted that the yellow vanilla fragrance added to the blue created a green colour. They thoroughly enjoyed using the pipettes and creating their own little liquid soap ready to pour into the seashaped moulds.
The instructions also suggest additional ingredients you can add to the soaps to give different properties such as salt for exfolitating, oats for an oatmeal soap, dried flowers for a rose petal soap or herbs for an aromatic soap – all things you may already have at home and can add to make more inventive style soaps.
We popped the moulds into the fridge for half an hour to set and then we found them easy to pop out, although you do need to press evenly across the shape to ensure it comes out whole and doesn’t break. The children were thrilled with the finished results and really proud of the soaps they made. They can’t wait to use them at bedtime!
A really nice touch with this set are the included three little organza gift bags and sticky labels that you can use to give the soaps as gifts. This really finishes off the set and makes a lovely handmade gift for your child to give. My two are currently decided who they are going to gift a soap too and which ones to keep for their own use.
Overall I think the Nickelodeon Experimake Superb Sea Shaped Soaps is a really lovely set for children to create with and it’s relatively simple to do. Obviously due to the high heat of the melted soap pieces it is best placed with slightly older children but it’s great to bring the science element into play at home with liquids/solids, adding liquids with a pipette and colour mixing. A great set that would make a lovely gift for boy or girl!
All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the product in order to write an honest review.