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My son just read Daniel’s Duck by Bulla and is asking to carve something out of wood…..I am not so sure that he is ready for wood and a knife. Is there some other way for him to do this without the danger of using a sharp knife? I have heard of soap carving, I think……but am clueless how to help him with these things. Any ideas would be helpful.
My ds was inspired to carve after he read Daniels Duck too. I got a couple soap carving books from the library for him, bought a bunch of Ivory (it seems to work the best) and gave him a few tools – small files from a manicure kit I had worked wonders. He had a blast carving many things. He gave them as gifts and used them at the sink & in the shower.
Bless you & yours! ~ HeatherMistyParticipant
In our house at 6 yrs you get the gift of a pocket knife. My dh picked one out that we just buy for each that has all the safety features he wanted. So I think he is plenty old to do something like that. And a bar of soap seems like a great place to start. Otherwise craft stores usually have soft wood you can work with. Good luck and just think of the imagination he will be thinking of. MIstySonya ShaferModerator
I remember reading that one of the handicrafts Charlotte did in her schools was carving in cork. I wonder if that might be an option.richpondParticipant
OH MY!!! You guys are the best. I never thought of carving soap. I may go out today and buy some Ivory. My sons would LOVE that. Thank you for bringing up this question and for the responses.
I believe that in the US, in Wolf Cubs (or Bear Cubs?) in the States they do Knife Safety and soap carving – that would be about age 7 or 8…
In Canada, Cubs do Knife Safety – cubs are from ages 8 to 10.
My Girl guides would learn knife Safety and take pocket knives to camp, and use them to make “camp Gadgets” – that was ages 9-11.
With a few simple safety instructions, and a bit of observation he should probably be fine.EsbyMember
Another fun project is print making (or stamp making). You can carve linoleum block or a softer material (that I can’t remember the name of). It’s not too expensive to buy the supplies – you’ll need the carving tools, a block or two of material, some ink, and a roller to spread the ink. My son loves carving the blocks. You’ll find the supplies in an art supply store – just ask for the printmaking supplies.
Or…carve a potato and make prints! 🙂MamaMember
We did some soap carvings this year and my boys loved it! I should bring it back out again.amandajhilburnParticipant
Thank you all for these ideas. I bought some Ivory soap yesterday and some cheap aluminum cake pans to put on the table to catch the shavings.They just used a spoon, a wooden skewer, and a butter knife to carve with. Both my children carved 2 pieces each last night and had a blast. I am sure this will be a new hobby that we will continue.
Misty–could you please give us your recommendation of a pocket knife? My son is 6 1/2. He’s been carving soap and very soft wood (and crayons, what a mess!) using my late father’s antique carving set. Many band-aids around here, ha.
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