Watercolor salt painting is a great activity to do with kids of all ages. Not only does the mix of glue, salt, and watercolor look amazing, but you will also be working on those fine motor skills too!
If you’re looking for a simple salt and watercolor activity for the kids, this fun messy play art activity is the best. Great for kids of all ages and perfect for creativity.
Be certain to check out our Colored Salt Butterfly as well for another simple and fun art creation.
Watercolor Salt Painting
There are so many salt painting benefits. It’s a great way to help kids focus, be creative, and use their imaginations at the same time as well. This salt and watercolor activity is one that we’ve done over and over again.
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- Salt (the cheapest that you can find.)
- *Watercolors (These are the ones we use. You could also use food coloring mixed with water, like we did in the video.)
- Pipettes (I have a few different sets of droppers that we use with activities. We love this one, We also regularly use this stand as seen in the video with these test tubes.
- Paper (We use this cardstock paper.)
- Paint brush
- A container to place your colors in. (You can use little glass jars for this or old baby food jars too.) I use these 6 cups with a base and love it. I also use this stand with test tubes sometimes (as seen in the video.)
Check out this video to see how easy it is to do this activity:
How to Make Colored Salt Art
First create your design with glue.
Then drizzle salt over it
Then tilt the paper onto a tray to make sure you get salt all over the glue, as well as to get rid of the extra salt.
When it’s dry use a pipette to add in watercolors. Paint with those watercolors to create your own unique design.
We did this rainbow raised salt painting to match a book we were reading it was a great way to extend the book. We often do crafts and activities about the books we are reading. You can find more in our books and storytelling section.
We then created a flower using the same process.
Why does salt react with watercolors?
It’s really all about the pigments in the salt. This is how it soaks up the colors of the paint and creates that really cool effect that makes this unique art project so special.
Can you do salt painting with food coloring?
Can you use sugar for salt painting?
Actually, you can. It’s pretty cool and has the same outcome as well. This could be a simple way to have a fun experiment with the kids to show them what it’s like to try out different ideas.
This simple Watercolor Salt Painting activity is so much fun for the kids. Have them try this raised salt painting and see what they think! It’s a fast way to get some really great artwork for your fridge. (and a great activity that they can do independently on their own, too!)
More Fun Art Activities for Kids
- Salt Crystals St. Patrick’s Day Science Experiment
- Rainbow Raised Salt Painting
- Colored Salt Tutorial