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Posted by on Jun 28, 2014 in Activities, Kids craft, Outdoor fun | 18 comments

Salt painting

Salt painting

My children love painting, it was a lovely day, so we brought the paints outside for a change. We thought we would try something different, so we had a go at salt painting. Pinky and Boo loved it. Here’s how you do it….

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For salt painting you need:

  1. Paint (we used watered down poster paint)
  2. syringes or pipettes (you could use the syringes you get in calpol bottles)
  3. pots to put the paint in
  4. Card or thick paper
  5. PVA glue
  6. Salt
  7. Tray

First of all place a piece of card in a tray, then draw you picture on the card using the glue.Drawing with glueDrawing with glue

Next, you pour salt all over the glue, just like you would with glitter.Pouring salt onto the glue

Tip off the excess salt into the tray and there you are ready to apply the paint.Glue and salt picture

Use the syringes to squirt (gently) liquid paint (or you could use food colouring in water) onto the salt. The salt absorbs the liquid and it appears quite magical as the colourful liquid slowly gets absorbed along the white line. The children were amazed and kept saying wow! You do have to be fairly gently with the liquid otherwise it just runs everywhere, but I was pleasantly surprised at how well Pinky and Boo managed this. They were totally engrossed, loving it!Applying paint to salt picturePainting on the salt pictureSalt painting

Pinky and Boo had a great time salt painting and got quite excited watching the paint and salt mix. I would recommend this as an alternative to ordinary painting, it wasn’t nearly as messy as I though it would be!

Once they had finish with their salt creations, Pinky and Boo still wanted to play with the syringes and paint, so I gave them paper towels to experiment with. It was really interesting for them to see how liquid gets absorbed. It was a great simple experiment!

Squirting paint onto paper towels

We all had a lovely afternoon experimenting and getting creative with paint in the garden!

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  1. A lovely – not so messy creative activity, very good for their fine motor skills. The painting came out great and the children looked very engrossed in creating their art work. Thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.

    • Thanks, the children were definitely rather engrossed in their painting, they loved it!

  2. Ah this looks fab! I’d be worried Arthur would consume rather too much salt in the process though… x

    • Lol! Not sure it would taste too good 😉

  3. Ooh how, what a fab idea will have to give this a try one day #countrykids

    • It is a great activity to experiment with

    • Thanks, it is good fun

  4. Ooh I’ve never heard of salt painting before but this looks a lot of fun!

    • Thanks, it was good and interesting

    • It is good 🙂

  5. We did this in school before when I was young! We also used the rock salt kind so its got more texture! We then let it dry and colored it the next day so that we can use brush. Memories =) #whatsthestory

    • Rock salt would be foot to try as well as letting it dry.

  6. What a lovely idea Karen. I might have to try this on our activity hour

    • Thank you

  7. What an awesome idea Karen! I love this. POD has been enjoying some al fresco painting recently and she’d love to do this. Thanks for sharing with #whatsthestory

    • Thanks, it is a very interesting activity which my children loved

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