Let’s get painting!
Easter is a great time to experiment with colors, as spring is around the corner. Get your children mixing colors while working on their fine motor skills. This simple activity is very versatile and can be changed up to meet the season or holiday. You are simply using the glue as the design and then adding salt to the glue. This gives the activity texture and holds the food coloring that’s added to it.
📚 Books to explore: Happy Easter Mouse! by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond; The Story of the Easter Bunny by Katherine Tegen; and We’re Going on an Egg Hunt by Laura Huges.
🌻 A bouquet of possibilities! - The designs and size of this activity have no boundaries so get creative!
🖌️ Messy ALERT! - This craft can get messy so make sure to put down some newspaper, create in a tray, or go outside.
For this activity you will need:
Thick white paper
Bottle of white glue
Food coloring or watercolor paint
2-3 small containers
Using their fingers with more control and consistency
Start by drawing an egg design on the white paper with a pencil.
Take the glue bottle and outline the design with the glue.
Generously shake out the salt all over the glue - no need to let this one dry!
Carefully lift the sheet and pour off the extra salt - do not take the paper as the salt will fall off!
Mix up your food coloring to the desired color in a small container.
Dip the paintbrush in the watercolor paint and then gently dab the brush onto the salt. You will barely need to touch the salt.
Watch the colors spread!
✨ Pro Tip - you can also use little droppers instead of paintbrushes if you are working on more hand control.
⬆️ For older preschoolers: Have the children trace the lines with the glue bottle themselves to add more control to their gross motor skills.
⬇️ For younger toddlers: Have the children describe the design and help them draw it so they can build their vocabulary as they create!
What will happen when the colors touch?
What do you think will happen to the salt when the glue is finished drying?
What color are Easter eggs?
Who brings Easter eggs?