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Salt painting turns out to be a very relaxing craft to do, not just for kids but for adults as well. All you need to do this are things that you probably already have at home. As this really is a simple craft to do even little ones can get involved. It would actually be a very good activity to help develop their fine motor skills.

You will need:

  • Card stock
  • Paint brush
  • Glue
  • Fine salt
  • Food colouring or liquid water colours
  • Tray
  • Pipette (optional)

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On the card stock use a brush or spatula to spread the glue.  I would go for card stock rather than paper as it is slightly thicker.  You will have to work quickly though, as the glue will dry and then the salt won’t stick.

Pour the salt over the picture so that you cover all the glue, then shake off an excess salt. This is why it is handy to do it on a tray, so that it collects the salt, which you can then reuse.

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We opted to use pipettes for this next part, but if you don’t have any then you can just use paintbrushes. Gentle drip your colouring onto the salt and watch the magic happen. Remember a little goes a long way in this activity.

EC's pictures; he was experimenting with dripping the glue on rather than spreading it.

EC’s pictures; he was experimenting with dripping the glue on rather than spreading it.

Over time the colour will disperse through the salt causing all the colours to bleed together.

YC's pictures; the first one is of a kite flying next to the sun with the moon rising up next to it!

YC’s pictures; the first one is of a kite flying next to the sun with the moon rising up next to it!

YC and EC found this craft both enjoyable and relaxing to do and when asked if they wanted to do it again some day they said yes!

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Painting with salt, glue and watercolours. A great and relaxing craft for children and adults. Also helps with fine motor skills.