Salt Painting Easter Eggs
How we did it:
- card stock - or construction paper
- paintbrush - optional
- food coloring
- small cups (or bowls)
- eye droppers
Gather all your materials. My kids love to paint with glue, so I let them paint some of the eggs and use glue bottles on others. The designs using the glue bottles came out more "professional" looking, but my 2-year-old had an easier time painting his eggs than trying to squeeze the glue out.
We cut simple egg shapes out of our construction paper and card stock. We used white card stock and black construction paper to experiment with the different colors. The colors were more vibrant when they dried on the white eggs, but the black eggs made the salt "pop".
The kids painted glue designs on their eggs or used the glue bottles to make simple designs on their eggs. My 2-year-old discovered that he could splatter the glue and make fun streaked designs. My 4-year-old made dots all over her egg and my 7-year-old was able to make swirls and zig-zag shapes on his egg.
After the kids finished gluing their eggs, we sprinkled salt all over our eggs. The large sheet of construction paper under the eggs came in handy during this part. To conserve salt we dumped the unused salt onto other eggs until each egg was covered in salt.
We let the eggs dry a bit while we made our food coloring bowls. At first, we were going to use Styrofoam cups for the food coloring, but we found that the small carafes were easier for the kids to get their eye droppers into. We decided to just go with red, green, blue, and yellow but you could make any combination of colors.
The kids carefully dropped different colors onto their eggs. This is a great opportunity to develop fine motor skills. They were also amazed to watch the colors spread as the salt absorbed the color! This was definitely their favorite part of the whole project!
We set the eggs out to dry. Once they were dry, we shook off the excess salt and then used the eggs to make a garland to decorate our kitchen windows.