White, Whipped, and Wintry Words

Ivory-SoapI’ve wanted to try this for some time now.  Try what?  I wanted to blow up soap in the microwave.

Since we are collecting WORDS this month on Fireflies, I decided to turn this experiment into a language arts experience  Specifically, I wanted to see if I could introduce adjectives to young children…by blowing up soap.


Hummm I wonder how this is going to turn out?



The fact that I said we were going to “blow up” soap seemed to create some interest….

We started out with a whole bar of soap, but it got a bit out of hand.  The second time around I broke the bar of soap in half and the end result was much more manageable while still exciting to watch.

I placed 1/2 of the Ivory bar on a paper towel (you can also use  wax paper) and “cooked” it on high for 60 – 90 seconds.   Watch it billow and grow!

My Conversation

“What does the soap [look-feel-smell] like:

before putting it in the microwave
while it is growing
after it has cooled?”

Did you know that the words you used to describe the bar of Ivory soap are – adjectives?”  

The wintry-white, whipped, wonderful soap continued as a participant as an imagination adventure in the bathtub.


My 6 and 4-year-old grandsons came up with the following adjectives:

  1. big
  2. snowy
  3. huge
  4. soft
  5. white
  6. smooth
  7. smelly
  8. bumpy (the letters on the soap before putting it into the microwave.)
  9. squishy
  10. fluffy
  11. snowy

Why not get your own bar of Ivory soap and see what adjectives it will inspire?

Use this activity to encourage children to insert stellar descriptive words into their personal narrative and descriptive writings.

Note to mom and dad:  
The clean up was super easy.  Any soap that go on the sides of the microwave easily wiped up.  The only problem I experienced was giving the blown-up soap to the kids too soon.  They wanted to touch, feel, and squeeze it so fast that it quickly crumbled all over the place.   Even though it was easy to vacuum up, I was smarter the next time and gave the soap to the kids to explore while they were in the bathtub.

Deni Corbett