Salty science and art for preschoolers

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on August 10, 2012

in Creative Art, Salty Science and Art, Salty Science and Art, Science and Nature

There must be hundreds of ways to use salt in the classroom and the children found this idea particularly interesting to explore…

To begin this process, the children created random designs by squeezing lines of glue on their paper. We found that the thicker lines worked much better with this process than thin lines…

Once the children completed their glue line designs, then the children added salt on top of their glue designs.  It is best to use a generous amount of salt to cover the glue designs completely. My students loved shaking out their salt so adding a generous amount something they were happy to do…


Once there was plenty of salt covering all the glue lines, we shook off the access salt onto the trays.  Then the children used paint brushes to drip different colors of water onto the salted glue designs….

We talked about how to drip the colored water onto the salt then watch as the paint was absorbed by the salt into the salted glue designs…

I think the next time we try this process, we will use droppers to drip the colored water on the glue rather than paint brushes but this experience did give us the change to talk about the difference between brushing on the colored water and dripping on the colored water…

My students spent lots of time exploring this process – sometimes stopping to add more glue and more salt and color…

Super simple, open ended, and a very engaging process!

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