Making winter arts and crafts projects is one of our favorite activities when it’s too cold to go outside (or if the kids are just plain rowdy in the living room). This Winter Salt Painting Art Activity features snowflakes. Salt painting with kids gives a lesson in evaporation and ionic bonds, in addition to producing a pretty snowflake craft. Transform regular salt water into beautiful art for winter using the instructions outlined below. Kids will have a blast making their very own crystal snowflakes. This winter, try this fun salt painting activity that looks just like sparkling snowflakes! It’s half part art, half part science!

– Life Over C's winter snowflake salt paint process art

Recommended Grade Level:

Salt Paint Process Art Supplies:

  • Dark Cardstock/Construction Paper
  • Salt
  • Water
  • Container
  • Paintbrush

Learning Through Winter Art Activities in Preschool



I like to think of process art as almost a scientific exploration. With watercolor salt painting exploration, kids are learning what happens when water and salt interact. They’re seeing the role evaporation plays in this winter art for preschoolers.

Process art can be messy, but it sure is cool. And since we love snow, it made this project even more fun for us!

Process art is highly beneficial for preschoolers as it emphasizes the creative journey rather than focusing solely on the end result. By encouraging children to explore and experiment with different materials, colors, and textures, process art nurtures their imaginations and self-expression.

This open-ended approach fosters problem-solving skills, critical thinking, and decision-making abilities, all while boosting their confidence in making choices. Additionally, process art allows young learners to develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination as they manipulate various tools during the artistic process.

Couple the winter art project with thought-provoking questions to make the most of the learning:

  • Snowflakes are known for their unique and intricate patterns. How can you make your snowflake artwork special and different from others?
  • What colors do you associate with winter? How can you use those colors creatively to represent the cold and snowy season in your art?
  • Snowflakes often fall gently from the sky. How would you capture the feeling of falling snow in your artwork? What techniques could you use to show its softness and beauty?
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What Can Toddlers and Preschoolers Learn While Making Salt Art?



The salt watercolor painting project also promotes emotional development by providing a safe outlet for expressing feelings and emotions through art. Ultimately, process art empowers preschoolers to appreciate their individuality, fostering a love for learning and creativity that will benefit them throughout their lives.

  • Creativity
  • Fine Motor
  • Problem-Solving
  • Self-Expression
– Life Over C's This winter, try this fun salt painting activity that looks just like sparkling snowflakes! It's half part art, half part science!

Why Is It Important For Kids To Create Process Art?

Exploring winter crafts for preschool and process art, like watercolor painting, raised salt painting, cotton ball painting, or other winter crafts, offers a lot of benefits for kids, not to mention it’s fun!


Process art encourages children to explore and experiment, fostering their imaginative thinking and creative expression.

Fine Motor

Engaging with various art materials and tools helps develop hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills in young learners.


The open-ended nature of process art empowers kids to make their own decisions, building their self-confidence and sense of accomplishment.


Process art provides a safe space for children to express their feelings and emotions, promoting emotional intelligence and well-being.

How to Make the Salt Painting Snowflakes

Step One:

Before starting, make a batch of salt water. I heated about a cup of water on the stove until boiling. I then added salt until it would no longer dissolve in the water. I removed it from the heat and allowed it to cool before pouring it into small containers for the kids to paint with.

Step Two:

Dip the paintbrush into the salt water and paint over the black paper. It will look dark and watery at first, but when it dries, it will form pretty salt crystals on the paper. My kids chose to make snowflake designs, but you don’t have to stick to just winter themes.  It was just fun to make snowflakes out of salt crystals since real snowflakes are made from ice crystals.

– Life Over C's This winter, try this fun salt painting activity that looks just like sparkling snowflakes! It's half part art, half part science!

Step Three:

Our papers dried in about two hours, but if you have wetter paper it might take longer.

Look closely under natural light and you can see the individual salt crystals! Use a magnifying glass to get even closer to the snowflakes and see if they still follow the square shape that salt always has.

– Life Over C's This winter, try this fun salt painting activity that looks just like sparkling snowflakes! It's half part art, half part science!

Extend the Activity:

Add Color

Adapt the activity on watercolor paper by using liquid watercolors or food coloring with the salt water to make colorful snowflakes on a lighter background.

Talk About It

This winter craft for toddlers and preschoolers is so engaging that it’s an obvious conversation starter. Talk with your child about the snowflakes, snow, the SW sea salt project, etc.

Go Beyond Snowflakes

Take this salt art idea in a different direction by creating other shapes or objects like a winter tree. You can even practice numbers and letters with salt art!

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– Life Over C's winter snowflake salt paint process art

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Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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