We tried our hand at salt paintings, and it was so much fun! Easy, fast, and seriously… did I mention fun?! To say that the children were delighted would be an understatement!
This craft can be done with all ages- from preschoolers through adults! (Yes, even I had a lot of fun making this one!) You probably already have the supplies you need laying around your house.
Supplies Needed to Make Salt Paintings With Kids:
- Black Construction Paper
- White Glue
- Watercolor paints
- Paint Brush
Start by “drawing” your picture on your black paper with the white glue. (Keep this to simple outlines. It doesn’t work well when you fill big chunks of the paper in with glue.)
Next, sprinkle salt all over the glue.
Then pour off the excess salt. Salt is so cheap that we just dumped ours in the trash, but you could certainly pour it onto the next picture for the next child. You probably don’t want to pour it back into your salt container for eating. You do not have to wait for the glue to dry before painting! We started painting immediately, and it was just fine.
Now comes the FUN part!!! Start painting with the watercolor paints. Because the salt is so absorbent, you just touch your paintbrush to the salt and the color spreads like magic!
The reason why you want to use black paper is so if any of the paint gets somewhere that’s not the salt, you don’t see it. Encourage the children to just touch their paintbrushes to the salt and let it spread. You have to be gentle so as not to disturb the wet glue under the salt.
I let my preschool class be a little more “free form” with their original glue pictures.
They were squealing with delight when their paintbrushes touched the salt!
We also made a picture where we helped them write their names with the glue.
This was super fun, and I totally recommend it for everyone to try with their kids. However, I’m going to describe this more as “process art” which means it’s more about the process than the finished product. When it’s all finished and dry, they don’t hold up well long term. This is not the masterpiece to display proudly in their bedrooms for years to come (unless you want to be vacuuming salt off the floor for years to come).
So when you’re finished, take a picture, keep it around for a few days, and then hide it under something in the trash can when your kids aren’t looking.
Great craft for the Summer time! This could also be a really fun craft to make at Vacation Bible School, or in Sunday School. Anytime, really!
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