“Soap” – March Monthly Unplugged Project

By , March 1, 2011 10:18 am

The theme for March’s Unplugged Project will be (…drumroll please…):


As long as there is some arguable connection to soap, you are good to go!  Be creative, have fun, please join us.

Please share your project either via a link to your blog post, or, if you are blogless, describe your project in a blog comment.  The more projects we have to share, the more fun it is.

For more information on what The Unplugged Project is, I invite you to read-up on it here.



12 Responses to ““Soap” – March Monthly Unplugged Project”

  1. I just want to verify the dates for the 2011 National TV/Screen Turnoff weeks. April 18-24 runs Monday to Sunday, and Sept. 18-24 is a Sunday to Saturday. Are those indeed the correct dates?

  2. Mom Unplugged says:

    April 18-24, 2011 is for sure correct. I am not certain that there will be a September week anymore though. Screen-Free Week was recently taken over by Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (www.commercialfreechildhood.org) and they only mention an annual week on their site. For more information you could contact them (screenfree “AT” commercialfreechildhood “DOT” org). I need to clarify this too, thanks for the reminder!

  3. […] is my contribution to this month’s Unplugged Project theme of soap.  Can you come up with a soap-themed project?  If so, please join in and […]

  4. Staci says:

    Bubbles are an obvious soap project, so at the risk of sounding un-creative, here is my favorite bubble play for making huge amazing bubbles at a team. At the science museum I work at, this is the awesome bubble recipe we use:

    7 oz blue Dawn dish liquid
    ¼ C Glycerin (available in the pharmacy section) or white corn syrup
    About a gallon of warm water

    Clean gallon jug with lid
    2 C measuring cup with a spout
    Long handled mixing spoon
    Bubble blowers or other things for playing with bubbles such as berry baskets, large loops of cotton string, wire whisk, or anything else you want to experiment with!

    1. Mix Dawn and glycerin (or corn syrup) in the measuring cup. Pour into gallon jug.
    2. Gently fill the remainder of the jug with warm water (run water down the inside wall of the jug to reduce sudsing)
    3. Mix well with the long handle of a mixing spoon.
    4. For the best bubbles, mix your bubble solution up the night before you need it. Stir before using.
    5. Pour solution into a smaller container when you want to use it and store the extra in fridge so it doesn’t develop mold!

    Remember: Bubbles love wet surfaces! Make sure to your hands are wet with bubble solution when playing with your bubbles!

    Be a Safe Scientist: Don’t drink bubble solution! Make sure you label your jug of bubbles so no one else drinks it either!

    You can go a little crazy and size this all up to 4 gallons, which you can mix in a 5 gallon bucket.

    Now, my VERY favorite bubble play is to tie a loop with a 3 or 4 ft piece of 100 cotton twine. Wait for a day with little breeze (and preferably a lot of sun). Pour bubble solution into a dishpan or other container. Have two or three people submerge their hands in the solution (so their skin is nice and soapy) and grab the string. Now, all together they should lift the string out of the solution so it hangs loosely, then gently pull outward to open up the string and spread the bubble film out and move it around and have fun. You can make beautiful, gigantic bubbles this way. This is conducive not only to creative movement and art, but also requires teamwork!!

    For clean-up of bubbly surfaces: a 50-50 mixture of water and vinegar is excellent “bubble killer”. Just mix, apply liberally to surfaces, wipe up with an absorbent towel. You can also wash bubbly clothes, towels, etc in a water/vinegar mixture in your washer.


  5. Mom Unplugged says:

    Staci, this is GREAT information and no, this is certainly NOT “un-creative!” Thank you so much for sharing your bubble knowledge with us here!!

    I really like that it can involve experimenting, creativity and teamwork – all the things that interest me. I also really appreciate your clean-up formula (I have noticed from personal experience that bubble soap can be hard to clean up, especially from fabric).

    I can’t thank you enough for taking the time for this really helpful comment, what wonderful information, it made my day!

    (Now I just have to wait for summer to try some of the larger ideas.) Thank you!

  6. Penny says:

    Love this idea for the month! And we already have a project planned too!

  7. Mom Unplugged says:

    Great, Iook forward to seeing what you do!

  8. Thanks for the opportunity to participate!

  9. Mom Unplugged says:

    You’re welcome!

  10. CeeCee says:


    I live in the UK and wondered if you knew of anything like this for your cousins across the pond? I’m away to speak to my Parent Teacher President to inquire about trying this out for our Primary school kids. Any further info you can give me would be great!

  11. Meg says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to share…we observed Earth Hour this week, too, and the kids loved being Unplugged! :) It’s a reminder to all of us that they can sometimes deal better than we can.

  12. Karen B says:

    We did a soap project connected with a library book we read, Time Warp Trio: Viking and Liking It. The book contains Viking runes (letters) and we carved our family members’ names in blocks of soap. Ivory brand is soft and easy to carve, especially if you buy fresh bars instead of using what’s been in the closet for months. My 6 year old son was quite proud of the results.

    The Time Warp Trio series by Jon Scieszka is very entertaining and includes history and geography. Excellent stories except for the somewhat rude character names. Such a shame. Great stories my son loves and learns a lot from, but we’ve decided not to let him read anymore as he has a tendency to repeat rude stuff. Amazon suggests the series for age 9 – 12 and that would probably be a better age for these. My son is 6 1/2, reads well, and really liked the adventure.

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