Paper, any kind or color you have on hand will do. We like to use heavier paper like recycled, brown paper bags or this construction paper found on Amazon. A stronger paper holds the paint and salt well.
If you already have a salt shaker filled with iodized salt, use that. If not, have your preschooler fill your salt shaker. They will love doing this and it’s good hand-eye and small motor exercise, too.
Skilly-spark #1: Ask your child what he knows about salt. What it’s used for, how it tastes, maybe sampling a bit, too. Now, let’s try using salt in a different way with painting today and see what happens.
Start by painting a picture or design with tempera paint. Ask your little one to lay that paint on thick so that the salty changes are easy to see.
Let’s sprinkle salt onto the wet tempera paint. Think of it as different kind of glitter. Spread a thin layer across the entire painting.
Stand back and watch. Look at all the interesting splotches and runny spots.
Skilly Spark #2:Talk about the effects the salt makes on their painting. Encourage use of descriptive words like splotchy, spotty, blobs, puffy, streaky, runny ...
Just keep on making saline and paint creations until your preschooler’s interest wanes. Let your Salty Paintings dry and see how they’ve changed again!
Keep the fun going
If you have shakers with larger holes like this pepper-flake shaker, fill it with salt and jiggle them around to create different effects. How does more or an even thicker layer of salt change your painting?
Experiment with contrasts: Use only one or two light colors of tempera paint, like yellow or white, and sprinkle salt on them. Observe what they look like. Then try only one or two dark paint colors, like blue or purple, and add salt to that painting. How are the reactions different?