Try salt painting with your kiddos today! It’s a really fun (and SUPER simple!) art activity to change things up at the art table.
Spruce up an ordinary watercolor painting session with this salt painting art activity. Bring your trusty sidekicks- salt and glue!
Salt Painting Craft For Kids
Salt painting is simple but wonder-filled too! Go crazy with creative expression, or choose a theme for your projects! I like the way it can be used for just about any season– pumpkins in fall, snowflakes in winter, etc.
This time around, we kept things simple and did designs that weren’t seasonal, just open-ended creative expression! Decide on a design in advance OR just go crazy and squiggle glue everywhere. Salt painting is an easily repeatable art project, so your child can do both!
Gather up these supplies to get started:
- cardstock (watercolor paper or construction paper could work too)
- liquid school glue
- table salt
- watercolor paints & brush
Salt Painting Process
Start out the project by having your child draw a design with the glue. Pro tip– it may be beneficial for younger children to not have the glue lid completely open. That way the glue won’t come out so fast!
Once the glue design is done, sprinkle salt onto the wet glue. A lot of salt! Cover it generously! Don’t shake the salt off yet.
Put the salt covered drawing aside and let it dry completely. Sometimes it’s helpful to do the glue and salt part in the evening and let it dry overnight.. that way you don’t end up with a bunch of squishy, gluey “is it dry yet?” fingerprints!
Once the glue is dry, you and your child can shake the salt off. Save it by pouring it into a jar or other container– it can be reused for other art projects! Or to season your food! JUST KIDDING DON’T EAT IT!
When you have shaken all of the salt off, start the watercolor painting process.
Remember– saturate the brush with both water and color. Having enough water on the brush is important for the ‘magic’ part of salt painting.
Soak the brush in water and then get some paint. Put the brush, softly, onto the salt and the watercolor will instantly start to spread across your design! It’s like a glittery magic trick. Let your child do as many colors as they’d like or do the whole thing in one color- it’s fun to watch either way!
When you’re all done, let the watercolor dry and you are all finished. This can be displayed on an art wall or even in a frame. Salt painting is such a fun, magical and beautiful art project that kids of all ages can do!
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