Making crafts is not rocket science – though oftentimes adding math and science can reveal the inner geniuses of kids. Our project this month is just bursting with a lot of fun and creativity: bath bombs! Sophia Nelson, fifth-grader from Canadian International School of Beijing (CISB), and her teacher Alison Vervaeke tell beijingkids that doing the project is learning in action: from putting the right proportion of ingredients together to seeing the changes in the mixture. This project can be done within 30 minutes and is suitable for kids 10+.
– 2 cups baking soda, 1.5 cups citric acid,
– 1 cup corn starch, 0.5 cups Epsom salts
– Witch hazel or distilled water
– 20-40 drops of the essential oil of your choice
– 1-2 tbsp coconut oil, dried flowers
Measure the powders (baking soda, citric acid, corn starch, and Epsom salts) into a bowl and combine thoroughly using dry hands or a spoon.
Add coconut oil to the bowl and distribute very well with hands until the oil is thoroughly mixed in and there are no clumps. Add your essential oils at this point and mix once more.
This part is the key to success. At this point, the mixture is quite gritty. Spray witch hazel evenly into the bowl until the mixture barely holds its shape. If it is too wet, the “foaming” effect will happen now instead of later! Add natural color as desired.
Pack your bath bomb mix firmly into molds and let them dry for 24 hours. Optional: If adding dried flower petals, put them into the base of the mold.
Bath bombs away! Store your mixture in a dry place.
Photos: Dave’s Studio
This article originally appeared in beijingkids October 2017 issue.
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