Salt Art Activity for Kids


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If you’re trying to find a fun indoor activity for your kids (also known as a sanity saver), this is a really simple project, using really simple materials. It’s also something that you’ll have fun making too!

salt activity for kids

What you need:

  • Cardstock, construction paper, or canvas
  • Black paint for canvas, if needed
  • Liquid craft/school glue
  • Table salt
  • Cookie sheet
  • Watercolors
  • Paintbrush
  • Water

Grab your desired surface to design your salt art. We used a flat canvas board we already had, then painted it with black acrylic. Construction paper or cardstock would work well, too. Wait to dry – about 1 hour.

canvas painted black

Next, place your design surface in a cookie sheet.  This will catch your salt, and is easier to put in before the next step.

Using the liquid glue, make your design, picture, scene, etc. fairly thick on your art surface.

salt art design

Now grab your salt and sprinkle generously over your glue. Tap off any loose salt into the pan. Wait to dry –  30 min – 1 hour.

salt art activity

salt art activity

Once the glue seems dry, grab your watercolors.

Wet the desired color well then let drip (or barely dab) onto the salt. The color will spread some, but that makes for neat effects!

salt art activity

salt art activity

salt art activity Once it is dry you can spray it lightly with hairspray to help it last longer.

salt art activity salt art activity


salt art activity

(See that cool yarn art hanging on the wall? We’ll show you how to make it here!)

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I was born and raised in Edmond, OK and love the town so much I stayed here to raise my family. I am blessed with a romantic, caring, talented husband & two awesome boys. I started my career life as a wedding coordinator, and I still love event planning! Now I am founder/director of Heartbeat for Hope, a non-profit supporting education and rural development in Ghana, Africa. I love my fabulous family, friends, movies, binge-watching crime dramas, and home projects whenever I can.

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