Ever heard of the Aztecs? They were a civilisation in Mexico hundreds of years ago. They carved beautiful masks, statues and trinkets in wood and stone. And now you can try it yourself - using soap!

You will need:
  • Bar of Soap
  • Pencils
  • Lolly Sticks
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrush
  • Water
Start by choosing a bar of soap that will be big enough for the design you have in mind.

There are lots of types, colours and shapes of soap available, creating lots of possibilities!
Use a sharp pencil or cocktail stick to sketch a rough design into the soap.

Keep it simple to begin with.
Once you have a design that you're happy with, you need something that you can carve the soap with.

The best tool for this is a lolly stick! Just cut one down, at an angle - like this one here.

Take care when doing this and do ask for help if you need it.
You'll also need some sharp pencils to help you carve really fine detail.

Use the angled edge of the lolly stick to carve the soap. Drag the soap away from the lines you've already drawn.

Brush excess bits of soap away as you go.
Take your time with this - it's really enjoyable to do.

Remember to wipe the end of your lolly stick occasionally so you get the same depth of carving all over the soap.
When you've finished, you can add some final decorative touches.

Use a paintbrush to add a dab of water to the centre of each eye, to make it sticky. Then add in sequins or tiny beads to make eyes.
There are lots of different design possibilities - a scary skull, perhaps?
Or how about carving an animal?

Try it yourself!