(4 1/2 Years)
Our latest "toy" is our Rainbow Swirl Salt Tray. It's so much fun to play with. It's very relaxing, it's almost mesmerizing. Plus it took less than ten minutes to put together, and that's with two 4 1/2 year olds working on it! Oh, and you most likely have everything in your home already.
My husband was going to toss a wooden box with a lock on it, but lucky for me he asked if I wanted it for something. I knew right away, it would be used for a salt tray. I've been putting off creating a salt tray, because... because... hmmmm. Well, now we have a tray and it's time to add the colored salt- so much more fun than plain white salt.
Have you dyed salt before? Here, let Little Miss and Wild One show you how.
1/3 cup measuring cup (optional- but I like having equal measurements of everything)
table salt (we buy whichever is on sale to use in our crafts)
artificial food dye or liquid water color
fork or spoon
tray(s) to help contain the inevitable mess (baking sheets and cake pans work well also)
tray with a lid (they sell salt trays, but a plastic take out container works well also)
Pour salt into a measuring cup. Level off with the back of a butter
knife (it's great practice for leveling off flour for your baking projects)
Pour the measured salt into a small bowl. Add three drops of food coloring to the bowl.
Mix with a fork.
Continue mixing with your fingers (gloves are not necessary, Little Miss just loves them).
Pour your colored salt into your designated salt tray.
Have fun swirling.
Practice writing letters or drawing faces or swirling.
Everything is more fun with a magic wand! Have fun getting ready
for writing, or practicing writing. Learning through play.