Salt tray heart printing and writing

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on January 28, 2013

in Reading and Writing Readiness, Salt Tray Heart Printing

We brought out our salt trays for the children to explore this week and will continue to bring them out over the rest of the school year at different times.  This week, we invited the children to explore salt tray printing and writing…

Salt Tray Heart Printing and Writing by Teach Preschool

It always seems, now that I look back, that January is a good time to introduce the salt trays.  Up until this time, we spend time in the sand and salt and through other means of play scooping and pouring and digging (and we will continue to do so) but by this time of the school year the children are more ready to focus and use the salt trays for printing and writing…

Salt Tray Heart Printing and Writing by Teach Preschool

I always discuss the salt tray process  with the children first to give the children a few boundaries and understanding of why the salt trays are out and how they are to be used.  The children easily understand that the salt trays are different than when we play in the sand table or our other sensory tray play…

Salt Tray Heart Printing and Writing by Teach Preschool

To invite different types of printing and writing, I like to set out cookie cutters with the salt trays. This week, we were talking about hearts so I set out heart shaped cookie cutters along with the salt trays…

Salt Tray Heart Printing and Writing by Teach Preschool

I have found that if the children can blend a little creative printing along with the salt tray writing, that it stays more interesting and inviting to give the salt tray a try…

Salt Tray Heart Printing and Writing by Teach Preschool

Some of the children like to print their names in the salt while other enjoy printing with the hearts while others prefer a combination of both…

Salt Tray Heart Printing and Writing by Teach Preschool

It is important to keep in mind that you shouldn’t overfill the tray with salt. A shallow amount of salt in the tray produces a better result when the children are using their fingers or other tools for writing or drawing or printing…

Salt Tray Heart Printing and Writing by Teach Preschool

It is also important to remember that if the children are asking for more salt in their trays, the chances are that they are wanting to scoop and play with the salt versus print or write in it.  If they really need to scoop and play – offer up a second table for this purpose so the children will keep the salt tray process focused on writing rather than on sensory type play…

Salt Tray Heart Printing and Writing by Teach Preschool

My students really took their time with the salt tray writing this week and we will continue to add gradual changes to the process or materials so they will stay interested in the salt tray writing process…

Salt Tray Heart Printing and Writing by Teach Preschool

We did not have a “right” or “wrong” approach to the writing and printing process. It was and is and will continue to be an invitation to explore the writing and printing process…

Salt Tray Heart Printing and Writing by Teach Preschool

As the children print or write in their tray, they simply erase their work by giving the tray a little shake…

Salt Tray Heart Printing and Writing by Teach Preschool

The shake-to-erase method is partly what makes salt tray writing and printing such an inviting process. With a little shake, the writing or printing disappears and you can begin again…

Shake and Erase Hearts

I am excited to bring back the salt trays and like last year, we will expand on our use of the salt trays over time…

Salt Tray Heart Printing and Writing by Teach Preschool

And every good salt tray experience almost always ends up with the best handprints ever!!

Salt Tray Heart Printing and Writing by Teach Preschool

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1 Discovering Montessori January 28, 2013 at 2:32 pm

What a great idea! The kids I work with are going to love this.

Thank you so much for sharing.

2 School Sparks Renee January 28, 2013 at 5:33 pm

Thanks for the great pictures. I never thought of using cookie cutters in the salt trays. What a clever idea. I can see the kids loved it! Renee

3 Genny @ In Lieu of Preschool January 28, 2013 at 10:40 pm

I love that you used cookie cutters in the salt tray! We use salt/sand trays a lot but have never thought to use cookie cutters with it. So smart!! :)

4 LeeAnn Veinotte January 29, 2013 at 7:14 am

where did you buy the trays?

5 JDaniel4's Mom January 29, 2013 at 8:03 am

I so need to take out our cookie cutters! I love this idea!

6 Karen Krepps January 30, 2013 at 9:08 pm

Like the shallow trays used for salt writing. Where can I find them?

7 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. January 30, 2013 at 9:10 pm
8 June lynas February 11, 2013 at 6:33 am

I have never thought of this idea before and i will looking forward to introduce it to my pre school class this week i think it will be a great success and will help the children progress in mark making and writting skills. i will let you know how it went thank you june.

9 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. February 11, 2013 at 1:26 pm

I look forward to hearing back from you June!

10 linda August 1, 2013 at 10:40 am

I have wanted to do salt trays for quite a while, but with a very small classroom and no aide, table space, clean-up, and storage were an issue. So I came up with this solution: I am planning to buy some plastic pencil boxes and put a small scoop of salt in each. They will be self-contained, easy to store, and for clean-up, all I will need to do is close the lid. I am also thinking of writing letters on 4×6 index cards and laminating them (one letter on each card). These can be slipped into the bottom of the box. A small shake or two will cover them with a thin layer of salt which the children can trace over. What do you think? Any feedback/trouble shooting is appreciated! Thank you, Linda

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