Wednesday, August 07, 2013

U.S.S. Suds

While we're here at the Farm, I thought we'd knock off quite a few things off our Summer List. That was before I spent two days clutching the sides of the couch. But now we're attempting to get some stuff done, especially since Sam and Gram took off for the day (to go to the Culinary Institute of America for a non-goldfish meal).

I thought we'd start out by making some Cloud Clay. There are some websites that will tell you how to make Cloud Clay, along with photos, but I will shorten it down for you:

You take a bar of Ivory Soap, stick it in the microwave

and then let the microwave go until it starts looking like this:

In our case, about 45 seconds. A word of warning: doing this will make your kitchen smell very much like you just blew up a bar of Ivory Soap in your microwave. In Hopper's words, "The smell in my nose is not very good." That is to say, yes, it smells clean, anti-dirt even. Something that little boys apparently do not like which is why in each of these subsequent photos, Hopper looks like he's holding a solid fart. 

We took our Cloud Clay and decided to make a boat. This involved Mama actually touching it and molding it into a boat shape because of all that nasty cleanliness.

Rowan found a stick to make our mast. We added a leaf and VOILA!
It's The U.S.S. Suds

Hopper has warmed up to it at this point, but still resents being made to stand near its hideous fresh smell.

But someone had to launch it, so away we went to the brook for our maiden voyage. 

Hey look! Soap floats! Who knew?

Apparently, microwaved soap also starts disintegrating about 2 minutes after you put it in the water, so the U.S.S. Suds had to be retired early to the laundry room sink. 

But it was fun while it lasted. 

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