Learning to carve and whittle soap is a great way to introduce knife safety and knife skills for kids grade 1-5.

Kids will use plastic knives for this introductory carving project. The canoe shape is familiar and simple, yet satisfying, and materials for retries are cheap and readily available.

Step 1: Select Your Soap

Choose a solid soap. Ivory is the traditional choice, and is a nice combination of soft and firm.

Soaps from the Dollar store will often be dried out and brittle and discouraging for younger learners.

I like to buy a multipack so I know it's double sealed: individually wrapped bars, in a larger wrapper.

If the soaps are very fresh, you might want to unwrap them the night before the craft so they can dry out just a bit.

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