As a teacher, I have to say I love a toy which has some sneaky learning in it. It needs to be fun so the children want to do it but also challenge them or introduce them to something new. The Science4You Soap Factory is just such a toy. Not only is it lots of fun but you learn about the process of making soap and you also get some great presents at the end of it.
The set comes with all you need to conduct several scientific experiments and to get three or four bars of soap at the end of it. The box is very well packaged. I loved the fact the products inside look like real scientific instruments, they haven’t been made cute or prettified it. Some sets like this one, dumb things down for kids, especially if the product will appeal to girls, as this one will. The packaging on this looks interesting, it doesn’t need to be bright pink to appeal to girls and this is really refreshing.
The girls loved wearing gloves and using the pipets. The first experiment was to mix different colours into test tubes. The instructions were clear and easy to follow, with some adult help. There was a lot of other information in the booklet so you could learn all about how soap is made.
You do need a bit of play dough to hold up the test tubes. This isn’t included in the set, but everything else is and this isn’t essential.
We then went on to make several different types of soap. The only part I needed to do was melting the soap cubes. An older child would have been able to do this on their own.
After the soap was melted you can add you own scents, colours and glitter to make unique soaps.
Then pour into the moulds. We all loved the different shapes. It took about half an hour to make the soaps and then about two hours for them to set.
The soap was surprisingly easy to remove from the moulds. You can then use it straight away or you can wrap it with the cellophane and ribbon provided to give as a gift.
The finished soaps are really beautiful, with a pretty sparkle to them. The girls were very keen to wash their hands – which must be a good thing!
We will definitely be making more soap. I can see us doing this for Christmas presents. The thing which delighted me was that the girls said they want to be scientists when they grow up. It was a really inspirational product. The girls have the Perfume Factory and the Candle Maker on their Christmas Lists now. These sets cost £19.99 and I think this is a great price for a fun, creative toy which encourages children to learn and try something new.
For other Science4You reviews see these blogs:
SCIENCE4YOU SOAP FACTORY – A REVIEW from KateTakes5
Play And Learn With Science4You My First Spa from Bug Bee and Bird
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