I love to find things I can do one-on-one with my girl Emma. And now that Lily is here I find it even more important…especially things I can do around the house while the Lilster is napping…
This project came about one morning as we were watching Curious George and Emma wanted to do sand painting just like George did on the show. Since we had no colored sand lying around, I remember seeing a few posts about salt painting on pinterest and figured I would give it a try. And let me say, that I am glad I did…it is super simple and a lot of fun (for both of us!) to do…not to mention a pretty cheap activity with simple household items.
All you need is Elmer’s glue, salt, a baking sheet, some paper (I recommend card stock paper as it is a little thicker), and if you have it…watercolors! I just used the cheap kid watercolor palettes but liquid watercolors would work nicely too…I even saw online some people diluted food coloring with water…so there are a few options:). Emma is 4 now and was able to do all the steps herself (however I modeled with one of mine below). I bet she could have even done it as an early 3 year old or possibly a late 2 year old…
To make the salt paintings you first “draw” your painting on the paper with the glue bottle (if you couldn’t tell I did this one as an example):
Next, put the paper drawing on a baking sheet (I recommend using one with sides so the salt doesn’t go everywhere) and shake salt all over the painting.
Third, hold up the painting so the excess salt falls off leaving behind a salt painting (or picture at this point!).
Then using your watercolors (or diluted food coloring) paint over the raised salt drawings…and voila!
I did this one but Emma had a lot of fun doing a bunch of here own, including this one….
I definitely want to make these again…maybe this fall we will make some pumpkin inspired ones:).
Happy Labor Day weekend!