Salt Painting

Preschool Winter Activities: Salt Painting

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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! All you need are crayons, table salt, and water to get started. When finished, your child will have a great picture perfect for decorating 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
  • Crayons
  • Paintbrushes
  • 4 tablespoons Epsom salt
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) hot water
  • Small cups or bowls
  • Spoons
  • Covered table

What You Do:

  1. Mix one-quarter cup hot water with four tablespoons of Epsom salt. Stir the mixture to dissolve.
  2. Have your child draw freely with the crayons on the construction paper.
  3. 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.
  4. Give the painting time to dry completely.

Now brush the salt crystals off the paper, and hang it up!

Updated on Jun 5, 2013
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