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Painting with Watercolors, Glue and Salt

Ever since our adventure with “secret message watercolor painting” the munchkin has been enamored with his watercolors. So this week we decided to mix things up a bit by painting with watercolors, clear Elmer’s glue and salt.

Isn’t the final result neat?

The idea for using glue and salt with watercolors came from Pinterest. I kept seeing pins with notes about sprinkling salt on wet watercolors or using glue to create designs on top of the paint. Finally I saw this post about combining the two techniques and I was like, that’s it, we’re doing this.

As you can see in the photo above, the munchkin was super into this activity. Totally focused.

We used canvases for our paintings because I had some around, but watercolor paper would work equally well. Other materials included: Crayola watercolor paints, water, paint brushes, kosher salt and clear Elmer’s glue.

After setting everything up the process was simple and fun! The munchkin covered each canvas with as much color as he possibly could, then I showed him how to drizzle glue onto the painting. This was probably his favorite part. As he squeezed glue onto the colors he’d say things like “Look mommy! An excavator!” or “I’m making a biiig, biiig giraffe!”

So, kinda like cloud watching, the munchkin was all about seeing shapes in the blobs of glue. It’s amazing what an imagination he’s getting.

After adding the glue the final step was sprinkling salt around on the painting. The salt creates a pretty starburst effect by soaking up paint pigments as the painting dries. And as an extra bonus: the salt sparkles!

I put the finished paintings on the counter to dry, which took a few hours. Now only one question remains: which one does my husband get to take to work and which one can I hang up at home? The munchkin tells me he “needs to think about it.” (Apparently I don’t get to decide these things anymore.)

Frequently Asked Questions

I seem to get a lot of questions about this post so I thought it would be helpful to share some of the most common ones here. Keep in mind, this is just a simple activity the munchkin and I enjoy doing together! I’m not a professional artist and can’t give you advice on how to modify the activity or substitute materials.

My watercolor pigments don’t show up on the canvas.

We used a lot of water color paint on our canvases. As in, we would put paint on our brushes and go over an area several times until the color was as vibrant as we wanted.

The salt doesn’t have any effect on my watercolors.

You have to put a lot of watercolor paint on your canvas in order for there to be something for the salt to soak up. Our canvases had so much watercolor on them that if you moved the canvas around the colors would slide from one side to the other. You basically want a puddle of color before putting your salt on the paint.

Can I do this on _________ instead of canvas?

We have only done this on canvas and watercolor paper. I prefer the canvas because you can put more paint on the surface without worrying about the ripping paper. If you have another material you’d like to try, go for it! But I wouldn’t be able to give you advice on what results you may encounter.

Can I add _______ to this activity along with the salt?

I have no idea! (A few folks have asked about adding modge podge to the paint – this doesn’t strike me as a good idea since it will affect the consistency of the paint and hence the ability of your salt to soak up pigments.)

Can I use white glue instead of clear glue?


What kind of salt did you use?

We used kosher salt, but regular table salt works too.

Can I do this on a wall?

No, because the paints would slide down the wall. Same with the salt. :/

What materials did you use?

We used Crayola watercolor paints and these canvases. :)

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      • I just love what you have done here. As a retired teacher, I am so happy to see parents doing things with their children. It is so important to their self-worth, knowing their parents has time for them. Also, we see so many children, who come to school not knowing how to use sissors, how to color, how to even do anything on their own. Keep up the good work!
        I still do many projects with children from church, school and the neighborhood, so if it is okay, I would love to borrow your idea.
        Thanks again.

        • Thank you for leaving such a kind comment Sharon! And you are more than welcome to recreate our ideas with the kids at church, school etc. That’s why we share our projects. So other folks can have fun with them too. :)

  • I too have seen this on pinterest a lot in fact in a class over a hundred years ago in high school I was taught to use salt for an effect. I have to say I have never thought nor seen glue used, let alone them together! These are absolutely fabulous I cant describe how much I love the effect in the finished product. I have just made it a point to purchase some fancy schmancy watercolors for myself and I may even share with my daughter after seeing this. :) thanks for sharing!

  • I think it is extra smart to use canvas. The enthusiasm shown by many youthful artists (toddlers and adults both) tends to make the watercolor paper curl. No such problems with the canvas!

  • Idea: while the little one is creating his/ her masterpiece, sit and record what he is saying, probe him as in ask what he is creating, and jot it down. Tape paper to back of painting, record age, date and time..

  • Love love loved the project. What was the brand for the watercolors? Beautiful choices to use and not the typical kid trays I’ve seen.

  • Hi, I loved the idea so I tried with my preschoolers, but really didn’t work on the watercolor paper, especially the salt (I tried both Kosher and regular).. wonder why??

    • Hmm. Did you let the salt dry all the way? When you first sprinkle it on there nothing will happen. (You’ll just see salt on the paper.) But if you lay the paintings flat and allow them to dry with the salt, then over time the salt absorbs the pigments. It took a few hours for me to see results on our paintings.

  • A few pointers from a water color artist. We wet our paper and either staple it down on a piece of cardboard or thick ceiling tile. You can also use masking tape. When it dried, it will remain flat. Also, when you are using salt, you can use any kind, but the trick is to do it when you are using a lot of pigment and it is still wet. Once it starts to dry, the salt doesn’t work as well.

    • Thank you for the tops Patt! Here’s a question I’ve been wondering about: How to professional watercolor artists preserve their paintings? (I know some acrylic artists use car wax, what works on watercolors?)

  • Just seen this as a pin on pinterest… My boys can’t wait to try this!!! We do ‘artwork’ every year as gifts for grandparents, from the boys. Thanks so much!!!

  • As far as I know, watercolors are kept under glass…and out of the light as they tend to fade after years.

    • You can also use a clear acrylic UV protectant spray, or a workable fixative spray. Both will seal the watercolors, and the UV resistant spray has the bonus of protecting the work from fading. You can get either of them at Michael’s or Dick Blick. Use them all the time!

      • I have to try all these preserving techniques folks are suggesting! Thank you for sharing. If I can find a way to preserve the munchkin’s paintings I’ll be so happy.

    • Glad you tried it! I just left a comment on your post (thanks for sharing the url.) You do have to use a lot of paint and really get some intense color to see the effects of the glue/salt, but I still think your painting was lovely! And it’s all about the kiddos enjoying themselves anyways, so if they have a good time then that’s a huge success for mom. :)

    • I just checked out your images & the reason they are not as bright is because of the watercolors you are using….Trust me, as an artist & art teacher I have tried it all! Prang non washable watercolors are my fave for kids, but another idea for brighter colors is to use food coloring (comes in regular & neon-both turn out bright). Just be careful- a little goes a long way & they DO stain, so be careful!

      • Not sure what you mean? The colors on our canvases were (and still are) very bright and beautiful. In fact we’ve been so happy with our results using basic kid watercolors that we do this activity at least once a week. :) There might be different/more intense results with other watercolors but as a preschool art project you can’t beat the affordability and washability of simple kids paints.

      • Couldn’t see via the dashboard that your comment was a reply to Cynthia! But still, we’ve had very beautiful results with basic Crayola watercolors. You do have to really soak the canvas or paper with pigment though. Perhaps that would not be the case with watercolors intended for adult use.

        • yes-sorry if it came across in ANY negative way…I was trying to help her since she was not as pleased with her colors…yours are definitely awesome! I Love your idea, as it involves a different approach to methods I have used in the past…you have a ROCKIN blog!

          • You know, it was total misinterpretation on my part. In context your comment was very thoughtful and helpful! I originally thought you were commenting on the colors in our canvases, which is why I didn’t know what you were talking about. :) Thank you for reading my little blog and for sharing your knowledge!

    • Another reason why they might not have turned out so bright is because of the canvas itself. I think some canvases are primed more/differently than others. We have used water colors (or food coloring and water) and had them turn out dark and vibrant and then done the same project on a different canvas and had the colors be almost non-existent/not adhere to the canvas at all.

  • I work in the childcare room at the local YMCA and on certain days have only three toddlers at a time. This is the perfect craft for the 2 and 3 year olds! (They are advanced enough to follow directions.) Thanks for the tip! I think we’ll use orange, purple and black on Tuesday. Closer to Christmas we’ll try red and green backgrounds.

    • It probably depends on how much glue you put in one spot. :) The munchkin kept moving his glue around so it dried shiny and flat. But if he has kept it in one place it might have been a shiny raised blob. Either way, fun!

  • I got an e-mail from Pinterest sharing pins I might like. . . .YOURS was there, and I love what you’ve done here! Did your son pick out the colors he used? They are so lovely together!

  • I love that! He has a great eye for compatible colors. My 4 girls are almost grown (the youngest turns 13 in a few days), and I LOVED the pre-school/early-school years. It’s so fun to see blogs with other moms enjoying the creative abandon of their children. Kudos to you! (I didn’t blog when my kiddos were teeny, but I wish I had known how to do that then!)

  • I was wondering how the paint stayed wet long enough for the effects of the glue and salt to still work? I love to use water colors in my classroom but find it dries very fast (not a bad thing since fast is good in school). This would be a neat project for Mother or Father’s Day.

    • We put a ton of paint on there so the canvas stayed wet for a good while. Once we were done with the activity it took a few hours for them to dry completely.

  • I have a question. What kind of salt did you use, small grain salt like regular table salt or larger grain like sea salt? I am going to get the stuff for this today I hope so he can do it tonight for craft night. :) By the way, your munchkin’s paintings are gorgeous, I love the colors he used!! This is a great idea.

    • Thank you! I really like his paintings too, but as his mama I’m totally biased. :)

      We used kosher salt just because that’s what I had in the pantry, but you could use other kinds of salt too. The difference will mainly be how much paint is soaked up, which will vary according to the size of the salt granules.

      Sorry for not getting back to you sooner! We just moved and I only got Internet access back today!

  • Did you do any prep on the canvas? And does anyone have tips on how to preserve this? Does the salt fall off? I would love to do some artwork like this myself for my office, but need some tips. :)

    • We didn’t do any prep – my son paints all the time and I just give him the canvases/paper and let him go at it. :) As for the salt, if you pile it up then yes, some of it will fall off. But the paintings in this post still have 90% of their salt on them.

  • It’s so funny how this one little project I did with my daughter has exploded all over Pinterest! And to think it was actually a mishap!
    I’m so glad you enjoyed recreating with your little one and the canvas idea is GENIUS! We added the glue first in our version and then let it dry before painting, did your glue areas stay raised up or just recede into the canvas? I’ll have to try this again with white glue, we used the blue gel stuff. Love your blog and can’t wait to explore more!

    • Regina, you may have discovered this through a mishap but salt painting has been around for a very long time. So many people post the same ideas on Pinterest it is hard to lay claim to being the first.

  • Great masterpiece! I want to say that I’ve used white vinegar lightly dripped or sprayed onto the watercolor (once painted on the canvas) and it created almost a beautiful big bubble effect. You should try it! Super fun. :)

  • I loved it… Thank you for sharing… I will definitely try it this weekend with my 5 yr old monster.

  • Thanks so much for this idea! School was closed due to the hurricane (upstate NY) so I’m gathering as many ideas as possible from Pinterest to keep my 5- and 3-year old boys busy today. We didn’t have clear glue, but thankfully white glue looks pretty awesome too. Thank you!!!

    • I hope you and your boys had fun with this activity and that Sandy didn’t hit you too hard. Many of our friends in CT/NY/NJ only just got power back (or still don’t have it back). Hope you and your family are safe!

  • Love this! Wanted to ask if you have any tips on how to preserve the painting? I was first thinking modpodge but applying that would make the salt fall off…. any ideas? Would love to do this with the kids very soon.

    • I wish I did! I actually asked another commenter on this post who said she was a watercolor artist. If I discover a way to preserve these I’ll definitely share because I have a bunch of watercolor paintings I want to keep for years to come. :)

      • You can try spraying the canvas with hairspray, but be sure to test it first. I’ve done hairspray with pastels on paper, and it works just fine, but I’ve never sprayed a canvas, so I don’t know how it’ll dry (it’s not sticky on paper, but not sure if it will be on canvas. I think it’ll depend on how your canvas was treated—if it was still raw it should just absorb and evaporate, but if it had been covered in gesso before you used it, it may leave a residue).The hairspray should be dry enough not to damage the watercolors, and it won’t rub off the salt. It should also allow you to do minor, very gentle, water-only clean ups if your little artist goes after it with a crayon or something. It won’t protect from sun damage, though, and that’s the big killer. They tend to fade as the heat and light from the sun causes more of the pigments to evaporate out of the canvas. I recommend putting it somewhere where you can still see it, but it won’t ever be in direct sunlight.

        As an additional note, whenever I’ve done salt paintings in the past, I’ve rubbed off the extra salt after it has had PLENTY of time to dry. It leaves a cool looking white spot instead of a raised colored one, though it doesn’t sparkle. It looks a bit like the bottom of a swimming pool on a sunny day. I like the effect, and you don’t have to worry about all that colored salt falling off and getting all over your house.

  • I loved this so much that my friend and I tried it earlier today. Unfortunately, the paint just wouldn’t take to our canvas. Is there a specific type of canvas you used? Thanks! :)

    • Nope we just use regular canvas pads and watercolor paper from the craft store and Amazon. But in order to achieve the effect in this post you have to use A LOT of pigment. This is not a time for gentle watercolor painting. ;)

  • My watercolors didn’t stick to my canvas, is there a certain kind of brush that I should use or a different paint?

    • I couldn’t tell you. We used Crayola watercolors and plain canvas from Amazon. We’ve also used watercolor paper without any problems. But as I’ve mentioned in other comments, you need to use a lot (like, a lot) of paint to achieve this effect. :)

  • A great twist on a classic. In the winter time I have my kids draw pictures of their winter wonderlands on blue paper. Let them color or paint them white. Then we paint over it with an Epsom salt and water mixture (just enough water to dissolve the salt). When it dires it looks like ice crystals all over your winter wonderland. Can even add a little food coloring to the salt mix.
    Lots of fun can’t wait to try this one

  • I love this ideas, cant wait to try it with the kids at school just wanted to know what kind of glue you used, i.e. PVA I don’t have the brands you mentioned in the UK

    • Not sure what you mean. We just used clear Elmer’s glue but I’m sure any kind of glue that pours easily would work. :)

  • I love this is honestly when i first saw it i thought an artist not a child artist did this. It kinda looks like a face in it like someone was trying to posting an alien or fairy person face i love it

    • The munchkin makes some pretty cool shapes with glue and paint. Amazing what you can do when you don’t “think” about it. If you ask me, that’s what makes kid art so cool – they just go with the flow and see what happens!

  • This is a wonderful project. . .I have a 15 month old Grandson, and since we are all artists here, I was contemplating starting him out early. . .this is sooo cool!!

    Thanks for the terrific idea!!


  • I did this project with my 4 year old granddaughter today and we both had a blast! Thanks so much for the idea.

  • You are so incredibly patient & consistent with your replies ….some ideas I learned as an art student …
    Re: “fixing” the finished art …hairspray(cheap!) or fixative (artist supply-matte or glossy) more pricey.
    Re: canvas – on wood frame, stretched heavy muslin ( stapled) coated with cheap white house paint
    Re:water color paper taped w/ painters tape, (on all 4 sides) to a board-holds it tight & resists warping & curling of wet paper until dry.
    Great job! …and again very impressed. I will try this w/ kids in my life. Thinking about acrylic painting underneath first, then your process on top- or other way around.
    Keep up the good work w/ your kindness & creativity !

    • Haha, thanks Lily B. I try, though I often don’t know the answers to people’s questions because I’m not an artist, just a mama keeping her kiddo busy with some paint. :) Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us!

  • Would you be willing to link to the brand/type of canvas you purchased on Amazon? My family is taking a “technology time-out” for a week at the end of the month (no TV, no movie, no tablets, no computers) and I think this would be so fun to do with my two and four year old boys, then we could save them and send them to the grandma’s for Mother’s Day!

  • If muslin will work in place of canvas, you can get a piece of Styrofoam insulation, cut it to the size that you want and stretch the muslin over it. Staple it to the back and then tape it down with duct tape, just to make sure that it is flat and will hold better. I have done that with black fabric and then used spray adhesive to put a picture on the fabric. It looks like a canvas backing, but WAY cheaper! This should work the same way only the painting will be right on the canvas! I use 3M velcro poster hangers to put it up. There are no holes in the walls and will come down with no marks when you are ready for a change!

  • You can also try dickblick.com for cheap canvases. Check out the classroom 24 packs in particular. Available in a variety of sizes.

  • I love this project by the way!! I did something similar long ago in high school,haha. I need to do it again, and with the kids! I’ll make sure I have the proper canvas as well, the earlier posters saying they had problems with it not sticking reminded me some made for oil & acrylic will not work well w/watercolor- I forgot all about that! Your son’s turned out fantastic!! Thanks for sharing.

  • That is such a cool idea with the glue!! I never would have thought of that! I’ve used the salt technique before and had neat results, but I have to try this! Another thing you and your munchkin (he’s adorable!!) might enjoy trying is sprinkling drops of water on your wet canvas from varying heights. Or, if you want to let the results be a surprise, put it outside when it’s raining for a few minutes. I’ve seen this done with wet acrylic paint (thickly layered) and it gives it an awesome effect. I’m betting it would be amazing with watercolors as well! I’m getting ready to try it myself. I’m in Virginia, so there’s no shortage of rain here lol
    Hope you guys keep up the awesome work!! ;)

    • I love that idea Christina, thank you for suggesting it! When it warms up around here and all the snow turns to rain we are going to try it. I’m excited!

  • This is on my to do list with my grandson. I think it will be a great gift for his mom for Valentine’s day.
    Has anyone tried modge podge as a varnish after it all dries to protect the painting?

  • Wow! The most AWESOME craft my granddaughters and I have made so far! Followed the directions to the letter, and it turned out beautifully … we HAVE to make more (I’m going to have a hard time giving up this one since it’s a gift). Will DEFINITELY have to make more! Thanks so much :)

  • Love this idea & the fact that your munchkin loves to do this with you. I have to go in search for some munchkins because my own aren’t interested. Thanks for sharing.

  • My daughter and I do a lot of painting but we only use tempera paint. would we be able to paint on a canvas with glue & salt and still have the same affect with the tempera paint, as you have with watercolors? also should I specifically only use Elmer glue? I see a lot of projects use elmers… is it better than just a generic brand?

    • I have no idea about the tempura paint, sorry! And as for Elmers, we just use that because I can get it at the drugstore. ;)

  • I love your artwork, activities, etc… I don’t have any munchkins at home anymore. The only one left at home is 14. I do have a grandson that will be a year old at the end of June and I love getting ideas for when he comes over. You are a wonderful mommy full of so many ideas! Keep ‘em coming!

    • Thank you for leaving such a sweet comment! I hope you and your grandson have fun with some of the ideas we’ve shared. :)

  • Hi there, love your water painting , I have to try it with my kiddos. I love your table too, sorry for asking what brand is it. Thank you

  • Just came across this. I can’t wait to try it with our almost 3 year old grand-daughter. Does the glue dry 3 dimensional or does it dispurse into the watercolor? How much salt do you put on also? I can’t wait to go buy a canvas now!!!!

    • Depends on how much glue you use. If you only use a bit it flattens out. If you pile it out you’ll have a dried bump on the painting. As for the salt, use as much or as little as you like. Really this project is just about experimenting and having fun. There’s no set formula.

  • I painted bathroom walls dark blue. It is wayyyyyy too much. I need to do something to it. I am not crazy about faux finishes. I was looking for something to make it look like watercolor painting. Do you think this would drip? It is absolutely beautiful. Anyone out there have any ideas? I would like to incorporate some turquoise and white in it to making it more calming.

  • Maybe a hot glue gun instead of elmers? I can always throw the salt at the walls. I am just worried about the paint dripping.

  • I had no idea water color paints would work on canvas! Yes … right?? I’m psyched to do this with my HIGH SCHOOL kids!! :)

  • Absolutely LOVED this idea! Can’t wait to do this with my grands who live next door! They will have a ball! Thanks for all the wonderful ideas offered about this! Your Munchkin is very lucky to have you! What great memories you are creating!

  • I am thinking of doing this as a project at my daughter’s birthday party. I absolutely LOVE this project! What size canvas did you use? Do you think it is feasible or way too much for 20 kids to do? Awesome, Awesome project!

    • I don’t remember the canvas size but there’s a link in the post that points to the canvases we used. And for sure, 20 kids could totally do this.

  • Ari, love this idea….I am going to get a white painter’s drop cloth from Home Depot and proceed to do this in a large enough size to do a three section screen for a corner on my enclosed porch. It will be a shared effort with my 6 yr old grandson !!!! I can’t wait !!! I’ll let you know how it turns out! He loves drawing and painting and this will be right up his alley!

  • Love ur idea…. i took the idea and added it to the paint that i used to paint my wall and guess what it made the paint on the wall brilliant… this is an awesome idea Mrs Ari..

    Big thx from Belize Central America

    P.S I will share ur art/idea with my primary school kids.

  • I saw this and though it was a wonderful idea but I have one question should the pain.t be dry before adding the glue and salt?

  • just stumbled upon it. Read aquite ll reviews.
    found all of them great, an outstanding project. My grandaughter comes at least once a week her and I do projects. She will love when she comes next week, Nani found her another project. This one is exceptional to try. She loves painting and she likes to color should I say dark. Can’t wait for next week!!!Question do you think watercolor pencil would work blended everwhere wet canvas then do rest of procedure?SweetHappyLife.co

  • Just stumbled upon your site then the activity. Every week my %yr old grandaughter comes over. Her and Nani always have some kind of project to do. One of the being painting. She colors bold and soft can’t wait till the next time she comes!! Thanks for a great idea. I know this one she’s really gonna like. Di have question??? Do you think if you used used watercolor pencil then got canvass wet it work the same way

  • Hi – I love your project! Do you know if I could put vinyl letters on top of it and then mod podge them down and still keep the great paint effect?


  • Ari, thank you for posting this. I will make this with my kiddos. It will make beautiful decorations for my daughter’s room! :)

  • I like it…but i have one cuestion…do i have to mix glue, water and salt in a bottle…maybe it´s a stupid cuestion… i just want to be sure how to do it before tell my son how to do it…thanks

    • I don’t think there is any right or wrong way to do art. Sometimes we knock off the salt, sometimes we don’t. It does have a very pretty sparkly effect and since we’re also using glue sometimes it can’t be knocked off. :)

  • Thanks Ari for such good instructions for this craft. I am going to set it up for my granddaughter, but really I can’t wait to do it myself. It looks like fun and will bring out our artistic side. Love your ideas. Good job.

  • Hi. I love your post, and I wanted to try this with my 3 kiddies on this raining afternoon…. however, I had a question. Can I use regular paper? I only have printer paper, and construction paper, and I can’t get to store to buy anything right now. What do you think?

  • Wow, I want to create one of these for my home..lol and to think it’s from the hands of a child.. BONUS!You have a regular little Picasso there :)

  • Hi I’m based in the UK but found your idea and wanted to try it. I have used canvas and watercolours but can’t seem to get the same effect. The paint seems to dry really quickly on the canvas and then the salt I use ( rock salt) seems to have no effect, even when I tried it on water colour paper. I can’t seem to get elmer glue over here but used standard clear kids glue but it just seems to sink in totally to the canvas/paper! Any suggestions to help me would be greatly appreciated as my daughter is very excited to try this and get it looking good.

  • I tried this at work multiple times and it never turns out. The first few times I tried it with the kids we let the paint ‘dry’ as they were painting (they didn’t go over with water) and added regular table salt and it didn’t turn out. So this last time, when they finished, I took a brush and went over their paper with water before they glued, and the glue stayed the color of the paints on some pictures, while everything else faded. When we added the salt, it didn’t have any effect on the paint what-so-ever. My point is, is there some kind of trick to this activity??

    • The only “trick” is using A LOT Of pigment. We really soaked the canvas with a lot of watercolor. Then the glue/salt have to be added before the water color paints dry. Hope this helps!

  • This might be a good time to use those glitter glues. I plan to try this with my Sr adult art class. I hope they enjoy it.

  • This is SOOOOO neat. I am going to TRY this on plain white fabric to see if I can make a great color block for a quilt piece. I THINK I’ll lay the material on wax paper, do “the deed” and let it dry. THEN I will iron it to “set” the colors and then do a cold water rinse to see if the color sets. I think that would be so great. I’ll keep ya posted if you would like.

  • So you put the salt on before the water colours dried, but what about the glue? Did you wait for the watercolours to dry or just put the glue straight on top?

  • We did this project yesterday and it turned out great, the kids had a blast, even the 14 year old joined in and made one! The only thing different we did was we used Elmer clear glitter glue and it have it a little extra sparkle! You can never have too much glitter! Anyway thanks for the pin it was great!!!

  • Hi there, I live in New Zealand where our early childhood curriculum does not allow us to use food as a play item because it is considered to be disrespectful to the Maori culture here and also to families who cannot afford much food to eat let alone use for art. So things like salt on pictures, rice shakers, salt for drawing alphabet letters or pasta creations are out. It would be great if alternatives were tried and tested and posted! Great ideas, we just have to adapt them if we can!

    • I’d love to hear about any alternatives to salt you come up with for your class! This is was just a little project my son and I did for fun, but for sure if we ever come across an alternate option I’ll post about it on the site.