I can't vouch for these recipes-- they just came through on one of the soap lists I'm on this morning. Sorry I can't give proper credit either, but the woman who posted them just did it as a 'forward'. They sound easy enough- and fun! Tami www.soapbytami.com **************** These easy recipes are a great way to make bath time FUN for your children!! 1) Fun in the Tub Finger Paints 1/3 c Mild Dishwashing Soap (Ivory works great) 1 Tbs. Cornstarch 2-3 drops of Food coloring Mix cornstarch and liquid soap in bowl. Pour equal amounts into ice cube tray. Put drops of food coloring into each section and mix till blended. 2)Jelly Jar Bubbling Bath 3 packets of Unflavored Gelatin (we use Knox) 3/4 cup Water 1/2 cup Clear Liquid Soap or Bubble Bath 5-8 drops of Fragrance Oil - as desired 1-2 drops of Food Coloring - optional Small objects (silk flowers, toys, small figures, etc.) Empty the packets of gelatin into a large mixing bowl. Set aside. Heat water in a saucepan, just until boiling. Immediately remove water from heat source. Carefully pour the hot water into the large mixing bowl and gently mix with gelatin powder. Allow gelatin to completely dissolve by mixing well. This may take a few minutes. Slowly and gently stir in the liquid soap to the gelatin mixture. Add a drop of food coloring and 5-8 drops of fragrance oil. Be careful not to beat mixture or bath jelly will become foamy. Pour mixture into a clean, clear container with a lid. We use 8 oz jelly jars. If you desire, you can place a small toy or object inside container, nesting it inside jelly. Refrigerate until set (about 4 hours). For a quick gift idea: Tie a piece of ribbon or raffia to the jar and attach a gift card. If you use a canning jelly jar you can place round lace or printed material between the lid and the seal. It should hang over the seal aproximately 1". To use: Scoop a small amount of jelly (1 - 2 Tbsp.) into your hand and hold under warm running water. Note: The container or object placed in the jelly can be adjusted to the likes and interests of the person you are making it for. 3)Soapsicles 8 oz. Unscented, Clear Glycerine Soap 1/4 Teaspoon each Cherry, Lime, Grape and Orange Fragrance Oil Red, Orange, Green and Blue Food Coloring Popsicle Molds Popsicle Sticks A Piece of cardboard or poster board Paper clips. Cut pieces of the cardboard a bit larger but the same shape as the popsicle mold (round or oblong) and cut a slit in the middle. Now divide the glycerin soap into 4 equal parts (2 oz each), melt one at a time in a small pan over low heat or in a glass cup in the microwave. Add cherry fragrance oil and 2 drops of red food coloring. Stir gently and pour into popsicle molds. Take one of the cardboard pieces you cut and put a stick thru it, using the paper clip so that the stick stops at the cardboard and doesn't fall all the way thru. Make the rest of the soapsicles in Orange, Lime and Grape (using 1 drop of red and 1 drop of blue food coloring) or make all the same flavor, using 1 Teaspoon of your favorite fragrance oil and 8-10 drops of coordinating food coloring. Put molds in freezer, when frozen remove from molds. This recipe yeilds 4 popsicles. Store in cellophane candy bags with a ribbon or a twist tie. 4 Scented Soap Crayons 1-3/4 Cups Ivory Snow Powder (Dreft works also) 1/4 Cup Water 50 Drops Food Coloring 10-20 Drops of Fragrance Oil (your choice) Plastic candy molds or soap molds Mix the soap powder and the water together in a large bowl. If you want many colors, pour small amounts of the mixture into separate bowls. Add the food coloring and oil and stir until the soap has the consistency of a very thick paste. Pour the mixture into the molds. Allow the crayons to harden (this will take a few days to a week). Pop the crayons out of the molds and allow to dry a few more days before using 5)Chocolate Milk Bath 2 Tablespoons powdered cocoa 1 1/2 cups of nonfat powdered milk 1/2 cup baking soda Place in a zipper plastic bag and shake until well blended. Pour into a decorative bottle This recipe makes approximately 2 cups. For a fun gift idea, place the mix in a canning jar with a piece of round printed material or lace cut about 1 1/2" larger than the ring. Place the material between the seal and the ring. Wrap some raffia or curling ribbon around the neck and attach a gift tag. 6)Cookie-Cutter Soaps 4 cups Ivory Snow powdered detergent (any gentle care powder detergent will do (Dreft) 1/2 cup water Vegetable oil ( olive, sunflower, sesame or apricot work great!!) 20 drops of essential or fragrance oil (your choice) (optional) Food Coloring (Red, Blue or Green) Pour the powdered detergent into the large bowl. Add water and fragrance, stirring with a wooden spoon until it forms a thick batter the consistency of sticky play dough. Divide the mixture among the 3 small bowls. Add 2 to 3 drops of food coloring to the dough in each bowl. (For a darker color, add more drops.) Coat your hands with vegetable oil.Work the color into the dough until it is completely blended. Wash your hands and apply more vegetable oil before mixing a new color.. Cover a flat, clutter-free surface with long sheets of waxed paper that overlap by 2 inches. Pour several teaspoons of vegetable oil into a saucer for dipping the cookie cutters. Have paper towels handy for cleanup. With clean, oiled hands, pat out each portion of soap dough 1 inch thick. Dip a cookie cutter into the oil and, pressing firmly, cut through the soap. Carefully remove the cookie cutter. (If the soap shape sticks to the cutter, gently remove it with your fingertips.) With a spatula, place the finished shapes on a bakin **Keep an extra cup of powdered detergent on hand to add if the mixture is too sticky. ~ You may make 3 different fragrances. Use 10 drops of fragrance per color. 7)Blue Raspberry Shower Gel 3-4 cups distilled water 2 cups liquid castile soap 2 Tbsp. aloe vera gel 1 1/2 tsp. salt 15 drops raspberry fragrance oil 1 drop blue food coloring Add soap and warm water, stirring until well blended, mix aloe vera gel, then the salt, then the fragrance oil, and food coloring. Stir until thick and blended and bottle it. Pour into a squeezable container. You may use any color of food coloring and fragrance oil you prefer. The possibilites are endless!