Beauty of Salt

by Amanda Tan

#Scienceofplay10

Children and parents will create coloured salt by using salt and chalk, and make a jar filled with layers of different coloured salt.

Skill Level: Easy

Suitable For: 3 - 4 years old

Estimated Time: 15 - 30 mins

Environment: Indoors

Learning Framework

  • Physical - Fine motor - grip of chalk using thumb, index and middle fingers

  • Intellectual - Observing how white salt changes colour

  • Emotional - Engagement between children and parents

  • Social - None

Materials

Step 1

Pour some salt into the ziplock bag.

Step 3

Repeat the above steps for the 2 more colours.

  • Teaspoon

  • Straws

  • Ziplock bags

  • Scissors

  • Various food colouring

  • A pack of fine salt

  • Empty xontainers

Step 2

Choose a food colouring that you would like to start first. Drop a few drops of the colouring into the bag and rub it with your fingers. Observe what happens to the salt. The salt has changed to the colour of the food colouring.

Step 4

Once all 3 colours are ready, take the empty container, use a spoon and scoop one of the coloured salts and pour it in. Repeat the above step with the different coloured salts until you reach the brim. Secure the jar tightly with the lid and ensure that there is no gap. Congratulations, you have a jar filled with pretty swirls and colours!

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