Ever since co-writing The Undeniable Power of Play I have realized just how often play-based learning is in our crafts for kids! We love using our homemade colored salts in sensory bins, but today we decided to do something new! I needed an indoor snow day activity and this one was a hit! This Colored Salt Snow Art is the perfect addition to our winter crafts for kids. It is a process art project that kids of all ages will enjoy!
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The first snow day we got in Kentucky, this year, was perfect light and fluffy snow. I had been looking forward to trying some of the ideas I read here to play and learn with snow. The only problem was my oldest was sick. The last thing I wanted was to have him running around in the snow. This was a big bummer for him so I had to find a way to bring the snow inside… so I started mixing up some homemade colored salts and we started to get creative.
- Colored Salt. As many colors as you want! I used table salt and a little bit of kosher salt for these.
- Any Pan with a Lip.
- White Cardstock. Cut small enough to fit in your pan.
Making your Colored Salt Snow Art:
Watch this video below to see just how easy it is to make your colored salts and set up this project!
A quick recap of the video: Place down a sheet of cardstock in your pan, add snow, then let your little ones sprinkle on their colored salts.
They will be wet so let them dry. This will take awhile… Overnight might be best. I placed mine in a sunny window!
When they are entirely dry you can shake off, dust off, brush off the remaining salt. This part was pretty fun too, but a bit messy so make sure to do it over a table or sink. Revealing the beautiful picture a really exciting process!
No two will be alike!
They are just beautiful and while creating them you can talk about so many things from why the salt melts the snow to the colors that blend together to make new colors. All 3 of us (ages 3,8, and 32) really enjoyed the process. I am sure you will too! You have to love a winter snow day activity that you can do inside!
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Pin this colored salt snow art to your winter activities board!
This is also perfect for days when you don’t really get enough snow to build a snowman.