This ended up being not only a great science experiment but also a fantastic lesson on being a good steward of what God has given us. It also afforded us an opportunity to work on co regulation ( the ability to join in an activity and monitor the interaction to be able to respond appropriately) with Logan. I love it when a lesson can cover so many bases and be fun too.
I stalk read many couponing blogs on a frequent basis. It’s no secret that I coupon. A lot of times these blogs will have tutorials or ideas about what to do with all the free or cheap stuff that you get. This is one of those times. Couponers United did this fantastic post about making liquid hand soap from bar soap. When I saw it, I immediately knew that I wanted to try it. The children are always game for a hands on lesson. Guess they do get something from their momma!
First, we looked over the directions. We talked about what we needed and what brands of soap would be good. No offense to Irish Spring but their soap is highly fragrant. Like you can smell someone who uses Irish Spring before they enter the room. Not really but it is fragrant. We talked about how that made others feel and what if someone was allergic to perfumes. My dad is highly sensitive to perfume and will go into sneezing fits over it. Not something we want to encourage when he comes to visit. Madison , of course, wanted to try it with the expensive olive oil natural soap that we just bought at Spring Obsession. I suggested we try it with some trial size bars of soap that we got from our recent trip to Disney. I won as usual.
Here’s where the co regulation part comes in to play. I love RDI as you can incorporate it into your every day life. That and it works on the social aspect of autism, But RDI is another post entirely. Logan held the grater while Madison grated the soap. After a few moments they switched. Now, I had preplanned it with Madison that she was going to stop grating after awhile and pretend she was tired. Logan could either suggest they take a break for a minute or take over for her and let her hold the grater. The key was that he noticed she was tired then offered a solution. This is an early skill for him but it is always wise to touch on it again.
The cooking part was a little tricky as in they had to share stirring it. A good skill for both children to work on in my opinion, especially the typical 11 year old. This was not the hardest part by any stretch of the imagination. The waiting for it to cool won that honor. We definitely worked on our fruit of the Spirit, patience.
Then came the big reveal! Everyone washed their hands. The decision was
I think we will save this for gifts at Christmas. Put into a pretty dispenser and you would have an awesome albeit frugal gift for someone. Just don’t use Irish Spring or you will never get invited over again!