Colors and Images: Salt Magic

I love this project that I found in this months issue of Family Fun Magazine. It is soooo simple, and both my 4 year old and 7 year old loved it. I think it would be appropriate for any child 3 years of age and older.

You will need:

  • School Glue
  • Salt
  • Food Coloring
  • Medicine droppers

 Step 1: Mix a few different color or shades of food coloring in bowls of water. One tablespoon of water per 5 drops of food coloring for a very deep color, more water for a lighter shade.

Step 2: Place a thick piece of paper, like cardstock, on a baking sheet.

Step 3: Have your child dribble glue all over the paper. They can make a picture or a random design.

Step 4: Have your child sprinkle salt all over the glue, as they would with glitter. Note: The more salt you use, the better this project works.

Step 5: Shake off excess salt.

Step 6: Using medicine droppers have your child drop food coloring one drop at a time directly onto one of the salt lines. Your child will love watching the color spread along the glue/salt lines.

Repeat step 6 until your child is satisfied with their artwork. Dry flat.

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3 Responses to “Colors and Images: Salt Magic”

  1. Alissa Says:

    Looks very fun. We’ll definitely have to try it.

  2. Melody Says:

    I love this idea! We’ll do it as soon as I get some glue — all we have here is glue sticks!

  3. Necolle Says:

    Wish I knew how to upload a pic to this – we tried it and it looks really cute. This project entertained the 6, 4, and 2 year old…although the dye did get squirted across the dining room by the 2 year old!

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