I’ve been wanting to try 3D salt art for a while now. It’s such a fun way to mix a bit of art and science. While you are doing this activity, the salt absorbs the water from the food coloring, which quickly spreads throughout the rest of the salt. The glue keeps the salt from dissolving, and once the glue dries, you’re left with a cool 3D craft that is definitely fridge-worthy. Kids will love making this, just be careful they don’t pour too much liquid on the paint, or you’ll end up with a mess.
Build fine motor skills and artistic skills at the same time!
MATERIALS NEEDED FOR THE APPLE SALT PAINTING:
You probably already have almost everything you need for this craft!
Outline the shape of an apple onto the paper with glue. At first, we tried making a solid apple, but that didn’t work. Smaller lines are better for salt art.
Cover the entire thing of glue with salt, just like you would with glitter.
Shake off the excess salt.
Dip the paintbrush into water and blend with watercolor to soften. Saturate the brush with watercolor. Gently touch the paintbrush to the salt. The color will spread like magic!
Squeeze just a little bit of the colored water onto the apple and watch it spread across the salt. Keep adding coloring, little by little, until the apple is all read. Set the apple aside to dry. It will take several hours to dry. We left ours overnight.
The next day, the apple is dry and ready to display!
Our Favorite Apple Books for Kids:
We can’t live without these!
Once your child’s creativity is sparked with this fun activity, take it a step further with these engaging resources:
Applesauce DayHello, World! How Do Apples Grow?Apples (New & Updated Edition)The Mouse’s Apples: 1Apples, Apples, ApplesApples for Everyone (Picture the Seasons)How Do Apples Grow?How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World (Dragonfly Books)Apples and PumpkinsApple Picking Day! (Step into Reading)Apple Farmer Annie