It’s Try It Tuesday again, and this week we tried out a fun activity that we saw on Pinterest that came from from Fun at Home with Kids. You may have seen activities where people draw with glue, cover it in salt, and drip color onto the salt, but have you ever seen color absorbing salt sculptures? Before I saw this activity on Pinterest I never even knew you could make salt sculptures. This was definitely an activity that made it to the top of our must-try list. Any activity that involves mixing, molds, or eye droppers gets a big stamp of approval from this mom and daughter duo. Little C really enjoyed creating these sculptures, dripping colored water onto them, and then destroying them.
- Silicon molds and/or sand molds
- Mixing bowl
- Spoon for mixing
- Food coloring, or liquid watercolors
- Plastic pipettes, or eye droppers
- Pour your salt, and water into a mixing bowl, and stir it together. To see the exact measurements click here to go to Fun at Home with Kids. After mixing your salt, and water together, the consistency of the mixture will resemble shaved ice, like a snow cone.
- Scoop your mixture into your molds, and press firmly with the back of your spoon to pack the salt mixture into all the crevices. We used a star, a pyramid, a heart and some silicone skull molds. Fun with Kids at Home also used the bottom half of a glass as a mold. I’m sure silicon ice cube molds would be fun as well.
- Allow 12-24 hours for your salt sculptures to dry. The skulls were dry after sitting overnight, but I let the larger molds dry for another 24 hours. I made the mistake of removing the pyramid mold after only 12 hours, and it definitely wasn’t ready!
- Place your sculptures on a plate, or tray. Then have your child drip colored water onto the sculptures, and watch the color absorb into the salt. We use a mixture of water and food coloring, or liquid watercolors, depending on what we have available at the time. You can drop the color on top of your sculptures, or if you use smaller molds like the skulls, you can squeeze the colored water at the base, and watch the color soak from the bottom to the top. This was really fun to do with the skulls, as it added an extra fun spooky Halloween effect. That being said, my daughter loves skulls, and is not scared of them.
- After you are done “painting” your sculptures, you can save them, or you can let your child have fun destroying them. I gave my daughter a spoon and a jumbo craft stick, and she completely demolished everything, and then scooped the salt mush into plastic cups.
This activity was definitely a hit with Little C. I think we will be doing this activity again with other seasonal holiday molds. Colorful Christmas trees, and Valentines Day hearts sound like fun to me! If you loved this activity as much as we did, be sure to pin this idea for later. Don’t forget to check back next week to see what we have in store for our next Try It Tuesday activity!