- Paper (white or black)
- Water mixed with food coloring (we made 4 colors)
- Droppers or pipettes
Have your child squeeze some glue all around on a piece of paper. An older child can do a more elaborate design, but with younger kids just squeezing the glue on random parts of the paper is enough. Younger kids also find the glue squeezing incredibly fun.
Next have the child pour some salt over the glue. You will want to be sure to have a tray under the paper so it can catch the extra salt. I put the salt in a cup and my kids spooned it on. Pouring straight from the container works too.
After they have poured the salt on, you may need to help them shake the excess salt off of the paper. Since I used a cup for the salt I was able to just pour it back into the cup to reuse.
Next, have your child squeeze some of the food coloring and water mixture into a dropper and deposit it on the salt.
This is where things got interesting for us. The color started to spread on the salt but the water also helped to dissolve some of the salt so that it started to run.
I decided to just go with it and had the kids pick up their papers to make some trails and designs.
It was fun for the kids to discover which way the paint would go and how it would go in different directions depending on how you turned the paper.
The kids had a blast and I was happy that even though this didn't turn out like I planned, it was still
a fun experience that created some colorful art.
Thanks to One Perfect Day for the inspiration!