Properties of Matter

Soap Sculptures

Enrichment Activity for 5-11 11-14

What you need

  • A microwave
  • A bar of quality soap


  1. Put the soap on a dish in the microwave
  2. Heat it on full power for about 1 minute
  3. WARNING: The soap may smell strongly so don't do this before heating food

Results and Explanation

Tiny pockets of gas in the soap expand in all directions, pushing the soap into strange and artistic shapes.

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