Recommended Ages: 2-ish to 48 (well… my husband did one and he thought it was really cool).
Paper: watercolor paper, card stock, poster board
white school glue
With the glue, make designs on the paper, sprinkle generous amounts of table salt on glue, pouring excess off, like so
Drop tiny bits of watercolor pain on the salt and watch as it spreads through the salt.
Takes a while to dry, depending on how saturated the salt got… some of Margo’s salt shapes ended up in puddles… for those… there is no hope… But, I think overnight or a few hours in the sun would do.
Margo was so busy and absorbed with this activity for a long time! She kept asking me to make more and more designs that she could paint! You can tailor this activity for any age kid. For the little ones, you may want to help here and there, just to get them started, like make a design and show them once what to do. But, for slightly older kids, just let them have fun and do it themselves. Give them the materials and see if they can figure out what to do with them. With any activity, just let the kids have fun. Try not to interfere too much if they’re not ‘doing it right‘. Margo turned a few of her salty pictures into a brown slurry, but that was half the fun! She was asking me why the salt was melting, etc. Margo kept saying that the salt looked like ice (typical Aussie, always dreaming of the snow). Art even came home and did one himself, the kids loved watching daddy make one too 🙂