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….
For salt painting you need:
- Paint (we used watered down poster paint)
- syringes or pipettes (you could use the syringes you get in calpol bottles)
- pots to put the paint in
- Card or thick paper
- PVA glue
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!
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!
We all had a lovely afternoon experimenting and getting creative with paint in the garden!