I don’t have the finest photos of this project since my children and I were having so much fun that I forgot to take any. That is unquestionably an indication of a successful project!
This exercise requires a lengthy setup time since the ice cubes must freeze, but other from that, it is a pretty simple and affordable project. To get ready, fill several containers with water and store them in the fridge or freezer. A material that can be easily ripped off the ice cubes is the most convenient option. Ziploc bags worked for me, but paper milk cartons might also do the trick. The impromptu icebergs they formed amused me. The bigger the blocks of ice that you make, the longer your kids can play before all of the ice is melted.
- frozen cubes
- a bowl with high sides (to catch the food colours and water when they melt).
- Food coloring
Remove the ice from its original storage container and transfer it to a larger dish large enough to accommodate the melted ice water. For this, I opted for a Pyrex dish.
Give the salt to your kids and have them start putting it on the ice cubes. The ice might begin to melt from the salt. They can see the difference that it made by pouring the salt in piles, in lines or just sprinkling it on.
Let your kids start dropping food colouring into the ice once the salt has melted. My kids loved watching the colors mix together. They also enjoying watching the salt/food coloring tunnel through the ice blocks.
A good hour and a half was spent playing with this by my kids! The contrast in their characters was striking. Adding very little amounts of food colouring and seeing the colours blend together held my daughter’s attention for quite some time. My child freely sprinkled on salt and coloured it with crayons, and he enjoyed the resulting chaos.
What kind of paint do you use for salt painting?
Salt painting is a fun and easy way to add color and texture to your walls. The best part about salt painting is that you can use any type of paint you want! You can use latex paint, acrylic paint, or even spray paint. Just make sure that the paint you use is compatible with the type of salt you’re using. For example, if you’re using regular table salt, you’ll want to use water-based paint. If you’re using Epsom salt, you can use any type of paint.
To get started, mix your paint with some water in a bowl. Then, add salt to the paint until it reaches the desired consistency. You can start with a 1:1 ratio of paint to water, but you may need to add more or less salt depending on the type of paint you’re using. Once you have the perfect paint consistency, it’s time to start painting!
Salt painting is a great way to add a unique touch to your home. With a little bit of creativity, you can turn any room into a work of art.
This is a project that they have already asked to repeat and if we keeping having Snow Days, I am sure that we will have the opportunity.