Homemade Beauty Bars
I have an entire drawer in the bathroom cabinet filled with soaps that smell like berries and vanilla. But even the most exotic of bath accessories takes a backseat to a one-of-a-kind soap created by a young artist. I should warn you now--your children will find this craft addictive. Buy many bars of soap and expect your relatives to be exceptionally clean in the coming year.
Bar of soap
Canning wax or a white candle
Have your children paint designs on the soap with the acrylics, while you create a double boiler. Put the coffee can in a pot half-filled with water. Drop in wax and melt it over low heat. Then use a disposable paintbrush to cover the design on top of the soap. Let the wax dry. The protective coating will allow the soap to be used without washing away the picture.