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Crafts Around the World Series: Inuit Soap Stone Carvings


April 27, 2020 - Author: ,

Enjoy learning how to make simple crafts from seven continents: Africa, Antarctica, Europe, Asia, Australia, North America & South America.


Introduce youth to some simple cultural traditional crafts from around the world. Journey around seven continents, learning how to make simple crafts and having fun creating.


  • Learn the cultural history and origins of the craft.
  • Find the country on a map and/or globe.
  • Develop fine motor skills in carving.
  • Increase cultural awareness and creativity.

Education Standards:

  • Understand the visual arts in relation to history and culture.
  • Apply geometric methods to solve design problems. Experiential Learning:
  • Create a shape carving in soap.

Use these phrases: Do it, What happened, What’s important, So What, Now What?

Continent: Antarctica

Antarctica is the fifth largest of the world’s continents.


There are no countries in Antarctica

Lesson: Inuit Soap Stone Carvings: Soap Carving

Soap carving is an inuit craft; the art of carving. The Inukshuk in the language of the Inuit; means "One that looks like a person". The inukshuit are erected from stones to resemble a human figure. An inuksuk is a manmade stone landmark or cairn used by the Inuit, Iñupiat, Kalaallit, Yupik, and other peoples of the Arctic region of North America. These structures are found in northern Canada, Greenland, and Alaska as well.


30-45 minutes or multiple days depending upon the interest to learn more.


Heavy paper ◊ Pencil or pen ◊ Scissors ◊ Bar of soap ◊ Sponges ◊ Basic soap carving tools – Plastic knife, clay shaping tools, tooth picks, toothbrush, tapered craft sticks, craft-store carving tools, etc. ◊ Optional: Samples and instruction sheet

Instructional Video Link:

Procedure: How to do soap carving

  • Create a simple pattern drawn on heavy paper i.e. Turtle, heart, dog, etc.
  • Cut out your pattern and center the body pattern on the soap
  • Trace the pattern with a pencil or pen. Push hard to make a groove.
  • Carve around the outline, taking off a little at a time until you reach the grooved lines.
  • Onto the body form trace the detailed patterns onto the soap i.e. turtle shell and head, dog face and tail, heart arrow, etc.
  • Round the edges and shape the sides. Add details if you desire.
  • Smooth the carving with a wet sponge or your fingers.
  • Did it break? Just wet the edges of the break and peg it together with a piece of toothpick.


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4-H Arts, 4-H Global & Cultural Education, 4-H Visual Arts, 4-H


Janis Brinn

Janis Brinn

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