This craft is super easy and fun for all little ones. I did this activity with preschoolers but, I think that many young children would enjoy it! All it takes is a few ingredients and some imagination.
- Food Coloring
- Droppers or Paint Brushes
To begin this process, have children created random designs by squeezing lines of glue on their paper. We found that the thicker lines worked much better with this process than thin lines.
Once the children completed their glue line designs, then have them added salt on top of their designs. It is best to use a generous amount of salt to cover the glue completely. My students loved shaking out their salt so adding a generous amount was something they were happy to do.
Once there was plenty of salt covering all the glue lines, students shook off the excess salt onto trays. Then they used paint brushes to drip different colors of water onto the salted glue designs. We talked about how to drip the colored water onto the salt then watch as the paint was absorbed by the salt into the salted glue designs. You could also use droppers for this step, too.
My students spent lots of time exploring this process – sometimes stopping to add more glue and more salt and color.
Super simple, open-ended, and a very engaging process!