How to make colored salt for sensory play

Here’s another idea in our recipes for play series, this time showing you how to make colored salt, which is great for sensory play and learning.

how to make colored salt - great for sensory play

 How to make colored salt for sensory play

You only need two ingredients to make coloured salt: salt of course, and some paint. We use a water-based poster paint (tempera). You can add in some glitter for a bit of extra sparkle if you are so inclined.

To make colored salt all you need to do is:

squeeze some of the paint into your salt

mix it thoroughly

then lay out on a tray or in a tub overnight to dry

You can use whatever color you like – we’re going with black for some Halloween-themed salt. If you store the salt in an airtight container, it will last for ages. It’s great as a base for sensory play and particularly good for practising mark making, writing and spellings.

how to make colored salt - great recipe for sensory play!

A Halloween salt tray for writing practice

We’re using our salt tray to do some writing and spelling work. You can use a finger, pencil or paint brush to write in the salt. It will hold the shape of the letters so you can see them, and it offers a great sensory experience of the words, as you can feel the words as you write. We decided to make a black cat to go on the end of our paint brush, to give a Halloween-theme, and to please my cat-mad daughter.

colored salt sensory writing

Word spider printable

Then we made some word spiders, to use as a guide when writing our words in the salt. {You can print off a template of a spider below.}

Cut out the body and legs of the spider. Stick them together. Use a white pencil to draw on eyes and a mouth, and to write your spelling words on the legs.

You can write on any words you like, to suit what your child is learning.

You might want to just write letters for very young children, or let them simply try out making some marks.

You might like to write on word families (eight words starting with b, or starting with ch…)

Or write some sight words, or your child’s weekly spelling or vocabulary words.

colored salt sensory writing

Click the image below if you’d like to print off a copy of our spider printable to use.

word spider printable - great for word games!

Then you’re all ready to try out some salt writing. You only need a shallow layer of salt in the bottom of the tray – give it a try and see how if feels to write your words

Sensory word tray - great recipe for how to make colored salt

I Can Teach My Child To Read resources

Download your copy of our practical and wonderful resource I Can Teach My Child To Read. It contains a 10-step program, that will give you the knowledge and confidence to teach your child to read, along with practical tips and fun activities to use together. See more here.

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