If using regular watercolors is getting a little dry, here's a fun technique to liven things up: use salt to create a beautiful painting with unique crystal texture! While your kid creating beautiful artwork, sneak in a little science lesson that will introduce the concept of evaporation. When she's finished, you'll have some picture perfect art—just the thing to decorate bare walls.
Note: This project works best with Epsom salt, but table salt or rock salt can be used instead.
What You Need:
- Construction paper
- 4 tablespoons Epsom salt
- ¼ cup (60 ml) hot water
- Small cups or bowls
- Covered table
What You Do:
- Mix one-quarter cup hot water with four tablespoons of Epsom salt. Stir the mixture to dissolve.
- Have your child draw freely with the crayons on the construction paper.
- Let her brush the drawing with the salt mixture. Stir the salt water each time a brush is dipped into the container to keep the brush full of very salty water.
- Ask your child why she thinks the salty water creates such an usual effect when painted over his crayon picture.
- Give the painting time to dry completely.
- Explain to your kid that as the painting dries, the water will evaporate leaving the salt and producing a bumpy looking texture after the crayon and salt mingle.
Now brush the salt crystals off the paper, and hang it up!