Hi, I’m Tina! I have been working at Kidding Around since December 2018.
My pick of the week is the Thames & Kosmos: Creative Cosmetics Lab. By using this kit, children can learn about the science and history of cosmetics, develop their own test products and further improve them while also building a foundation in basic dermatology.
The kit comes with various cosmetic chemistry experiments from making glycerin soaps, bath bombs and body scrubs to exploring perfume and cosmetic dye. It highlights kinesthetic learning; children will feel accomplished and fascinated by the ability to make and use their own bath products and understand comparable processes used to make the ones in stores.
My favorite experiment in this kit is soap making as it is fun to make different kinds of molds and use them afterwards. With the emphasis on washing hands at this time, making soaps can be a fun and rewarding activity for both parents and children.
They can be enhanced by adding natural ingredients to the solution and I’d like to suggest adding tea tree oil to the soaps to fight bacteria, fungi and viruses. The oil has natural disinfecting properties and only a few drops is needed. When the supplied materials run out, they can be easily replenished; glycerin soap is accessible to anyone for purchase online.
This would be great for ages 6-14, especially ones who have interest in beauty, bath bombs and baking. The approach to making molded soaps is similar to that of cut-out cookies. Chemistry enthusiasts will enjoy it as well, as they can see the chemical reactions and learn about emulsifiers, pH, skin types and the chemical properties of toiletry items.