Make a Rock Salt Mosaic Activity

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Updated on Dec 8, 2010

Have your summer art activities hit a bump in the road? Is your soon to be kindergartener getting tired of the standard art supplies? Well, how about making a mosaic? This art form dates back to the Egyptians and is still popular today. And this recipe is kinder safe, no broken glass involved!

What You Need:

  • Large rock salt
  • Assorted variety of food coloring
  • Rubbing alcohol

What You Do:

  1. Dye. Pour 1 cup of rock salt into a mixing bowl. Add a few drops of food coloring and a cap full of rubbing alcohol. Mix well and let sit for 5 minutes. Then drain onto a paper towel and let dry. Repeat this process until you have all the colors you will need.
  2. Outline. On a piece of construction paper draw an outline of a simple picture such as a flower, the Earth, or a fish. Eventually your child can draw his own picture, but drawing an outline for him will get him going.
  3. Glue. Hand over the glue bottle and the colored rock salt and let the magic begin! Have your child use a layer of glue to affix the rock salt to the design.

This activity will create a beautiful piece of art to enjoy, while at the same time practicing the art of using a glue bottle - an underestimated skill that your kindergarten teacher will thank you for later!

Gina Dal Fuoco has been an elementary school teacher in California for over 12 years, and has also taught English as a foreign language in Italy. Gina is the mother of a toddler and a kindergartener.

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