INSIDE: Salt Painted Hearts is a super fun and easy craft for kids of all ages. With just a few household and crafting items you can create a beautiful piece of art that also doubles as a wonderful fine motor activity!
Painting salt is a great fine motor activity for toddlers, preschoolers and older kids. The other great thing about this craft is that your little one can decide what they want to make. Today we were making hearts for Valentine’s Day so I first drew a large heart for everyone. Once done they simply had to outline it in glue to start the salt painting process!
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Salt Painted Hearts
Grab a sheet of white paper and draw a large heart using a pencil. Don’t colour it in.
Hand your little one a bottle of glue and have them outline the heart with the glue. They can also create design in the center.
Next, hand them a bowl of salt and have them cover the entire sheet with salt.
Pour the excess salt back in the bowl.
Next, grab your watercolor paints and small brush. Don’t have watercolor paints? No problem. You can also use food coloring and water.
Dip your brush into the paint or colored water and then lightly touch the salt and watch as the colour spreads over the salt.
Repeat with different colours until the entire heart is complete.
Age Suitability for Salt Painted Hearts
This activity is great for kids 3 years and up. My kids are 3.5, 3.5, and 7.5 year old.
Supplies for Salt Painted Hearts
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- White construction paper
- Glue bottle
- Water colours or food colouring and water
- Small paint brush
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