This activity combines art with experimentation and gross motor skills to satisfy even the kid who won’t sit still for anything.
What You’ll Need:
- Cardboard (paper is too flimsy for this project)
- 1.25 oz glue container
- Salt in a shaker
- Liquid watercolors
- Eye droppers
- Spill-proof containers
- Aluminum foil (optional—use this to cover the cardboard for a unique project surface)
Step 1 – Draw with glue
Put the cardboard on a tray to contain any stray glue, salt, or liquid watercolor. Give your child the glue and ask him or her to “draw” with it. Allow the child to squeeze as much glue out as he wants—we’ll need a lot of glue for this project.
*Tips for Parents: Show your child how to squeeze the glue in different ways. Hold the glue bottle up high while squeezing. Now hold it down low. Move it around quickly, then slowly. Your child can use big or small movements to get the glue on the surface.
Step 2 – Shake, shake, shake!
*Tips for Parents: If salt comes out of the shaker too quickly, tape up some of the holes. If it comes out too slowly, cut some more holes. If your child shakes a little salt out and then is finished, encourage him or her to continue by singing and shaking to the rhythm. Explain that all the shiny glue needs to be covered by salt.
Step 3 – Add color
*Tips for parents: Point out how the salt sucks up the color and makes it appear to move magically through the salty surface. Let your child use as much color as he or she wants—you can always gently pat a paper towel on top of the entire project to soak up the extras.
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