Case in point--one year I found Darius, one of my third grade students, behind the cubbies squirting spray-able cherry candy down Isaiah's throat. Oh wait--except that it was NOT spray-able cherry candy but rather cherry-flavored Chloraseptic. Eh, candy / medicine. Potato / potahto. A technical distinction irrelevant to eight-year-olds.
I, too, am a huge fan of candy. I am also a fan of things that look like other things. Pencils that look like drumsticks! A coin purse passing as a cassette tape! Imagine my delight when I happened upon this fantastically good idea:
veritable candy store's worth of soap products! (Now I'd like you to stop imagining my delight and start imagining my disappointment that I hadn't thought of this brilliant idea first.)
I practically cleaned out the store of Swedish Fish, gummy bears, and Life Savers. All soap. The Swedish Fish looked great next to the sink in my bathroom and lasted about two days before I discovered their crucial flaw: An incredible urge to eat candy every time I went to wash my hands. Specifically, the urge to just pop those little red pieces right into my mouth. I finally had to switch back to regular old bathroom soap that doesn't look like anything but what it is. How boring.
Regardless of its ultimate ineffectiveness as hand soap, I still just love the candy soap. I've given it as gifts to a few people already and really want to bring some sudsy Life Savers to give to a friend I'm visiting later this week. The only trouble is--she has three kids under six. Is giving soap that looks like candy to someone with three young kids just asking for trouble? Hmmmm.....
At any rate--I'll at least be sure to not leave my cherry-flavored Chloraseptic in plain view when I go to visit!
Life Savers Image: LoveLeeSoaps