Our little one is somewhat of a foodie, already. Her palette is so well defined that she even tells me when she needs to sprinkle more salt on to her veggies during dinner time.
Or, more likely, she just likes to play with the salt and do the same things as mom and dad during dinner. We pretend to “cheers.” When we cut her off from putting too much salt on her food and put the salt dish back on the counter, she just grabs her wooden play salt shaker from her toy kitchen and keeps on sprinkling.
So, I knew this little activity would be a hit with my toddler. Combining her two favorite items to play with salt and water equals a no brainer.
Be warned – this craft is super fun but can get a little messy! It’s definitely not as bad as playing with glitter, but you may end up with a lot of salt spread out around the table and floor.
What you need:
- Coarse salt (we use Alessi Kosher Sea Salt or David’s Kosher Salt at the bed and breakfast)
- Food coloring
- Small mixing bowls
- Plastic eye droppers
- Thick paper or finger painting paper
Step 1 – Take one blank sheet of thick paper or finger painting paper. Have your child create a design on the piece of paper using the glue.
Step 2 – Sprinkle salt over the glue designs to cover the glue completely.
Step 3 – Mix the food coloring with the water in small bowls to create watercolor “paint”.
Step 4 – Using the eye droppers, carefully apply small drops of watercolor paint along the salted lines to add color to the designs. If you do not have eye droppers, you can just use a paintbrush too. Just be sure to brush the watercolor paint on top of the salt designs very lightly in order to prevent the glue from smearing.
Step 5 – Allow the glue and salt to dry completely before hanging.
This is one activity I couldn’t help but participate in with Cicily. I have fun creating my own design too. I would recommend trying your hand at this one while your toddler makes their own masterpiece.
This is a really great way to make homemade cards for any occasion too! Have your child write out their message on the front of the blank card, then trace with glue. Finish with salt and the watercolor paint!