Thursday, March 15, 2012

Sensory: Salt tray, Stencils & Salt Art

Salt Tray Sensory

Inspired by the Salt Tray post on Teach preschool website, I spread salt on a cookie tray and let CJ to play. She enjoyed the Salt Sensory play. She had fun writing on the salt and making impressions.

CJ loves scooping and pouring. So I gave her a small to go ketchup cup and she had hours of play hiding the cup, scooping salt into it. She also made snow mountain with heaps of Salt

For more info on Salt Tray please visit Teach preschool site, Deborah and her class made hand prints, cookie cutter impressions in the Salt tray. In the post, Deborah also has Salt tray tips from one of her reader.

After playing with the salt tray, we also made salt prints and Raised Salt art. We created a snowy day and Spring pictures.

Materials Used:
Elmer no run glue/Mod Podge/Glue stick
Paint Brush/Q-tip
Water colors

Steps Overview:

Salt Prints: The Snowy Day

Make tree trunk by tracing hand prints! CJ made two extra prints, she said they are bushes

First I was thinking to just cover the surface other than the tree trunk with Salt and complete the snow scene. But CJ said "Why Mommy the trees and bushes will also have snow"

I left her to come up with her own snow scene. CJ applied glue randomly on the sheet. After that, she placed the paper on the salt tray with the glued side facing down the tray.

Remove the paper from the tray. Shake off excess and we got the Snowy Scene

Raised Salt art: Spring Picture

Remember our Sand prints and Stencil Sand art, this time we made Stencil Salt art.

The stencils we used are from the Stencil art kit(Dollar store find)

Prepare your work area. May be u can put a newspaper beneath to catch the salt spill.

Place the stencil on top of the paper. Pour little amount of glue/mod podge onto a disposal plate or yogurt cup lid.

Method 1:

Using paintbrush, brush glue onto the Tree trunk stencil

Remove the stencil. Sprinkle salt onto the glue covered area.

Lift the artwork and pour the sand off onto a container/paper.

Dip paint brush in water and then in water color paint. Make sure the brush is covered with paint and water. Tap the salted glue with the brush and watch the colors run and spread!

Apply Glue to the leave stencils and sprinkle salt, shake off excess. Paint the raised salt.
Let the salt dry!

The Problem with this method was that the salt falls on the wet salt painting and makes the picture dull. So in the other method we made the raised salt painting first and then painted it.

Method 2:

Using Stencil and glue, first create the entire picture with sprinkled salt.

Dip paint brush in water and then in water color paint. Make sure the brush is covered with paint and water. Tap the salted glue with the brush and watch the colors run and spread!

Let it Dry!

The Raised salt art is an inexpensive science and art experiment. CJ was going Aah! by seeing the paint spread on the salt.


Have you tried Salt Painting? Just wondering when dried, Does the painting have a salty look(whitish, bleached effect)? or we missed something


  1. Love your stencils and how you used them. We LOVE glue salt paintings, they do look like colored crystals when dried but not a keeper as the salt does fall off...

  2. that is soo neat! we are going to have to give this a try!

  3. I love the way your stencil picture turned out! What a great idea!

  4. How pretty!! I will definitely have to try this -- I've been wanting to try a salt sensory tray for a long time now. Thanks for the reminder! :-) LOVE the idea of stencils for this!

  5. This is so lovely Esther...loved Cj's creation.

  6. This is great! I really like the raised salt spring piece. I'd love it if you'd link up to my linky party at I write three blogs; my homelife blog, kindergarten blog, and literacy blog. I know you're a child centered person, so if you'd like to check them out, you can find links to all three at

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  7. These turned out fantastic! We love trying new painting techniques and will definitely be giving this a try! :)

  8. Hi Esther. The Idea of using the stencils are amazing. I was doing a salt experiment with my daughter yesterday and in the morning I found your post :)