Salt Painted Numbers

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Salt painted numbers. Help preschoolers with their math by letting them learn numbers with this fun craft technique! Also great for fine motor development.

My girls have grown up doing a TON of crafts.  I love crafts and they love crafts (usually!) so they're a regular part of our routine.  I recently realized, though, that we had never done this classic staple of childhood craftiness-- salt painting!  Since I'm working on Maggie with her numbers, we added a nice little math twist by making Salt Painted Numbers.  Guess what?  Salt painting lives up to the hype!  The girls loved it and the results were beautiful!

Here's how to do it.

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Materials For Salt Painting

Salt painted numbers. Help preschoolers with their math by letting them learn numbers with this fun craft technique! Also great for fine motor development.

Squeeze Your Glue


Salt painted numbers. Help preschoolers with their math by letting them learn numbers with this fun craft technique! Also great for fine motor development.

Since we were working with numbers, I drew the numbers 0-10 in pencil on a sheet of cardstock.  The girls squeezed a line of glue over numerals.  Squeezing glue is SO good for building the muscles in your children's hands.  We used this as a learning activity, but you could certainly allow your kids to do free art with this technique, too!

Maggie said each number as she slowly added the glue.  She ended up with a thin line over her numbers, since her hands are smaller and it was harder for her to squeeze the glue.

Lena was able to make a nice thick line that ended up soaking up the watercolors beautifully! 

Sprinkle The Salt

Salt painted numbers. Help preschoolers with their math by letting them learn numbers with this fun craft technique! Also great for fine motor development.

Using regular table salt, sprinkle the paper, covering all the glue.  Be sure to do this on a pan so that you won't have a salty mess!

Salt painted numbers. Help preschoolers with their math by letting them learn numbers with this fun craft technique! Also great for fine motor development.

You may want to consider gluing and salting in batches, so that the glue doesn't dry before it has been salted.  It will depend on how fast you're working!

Salt painted numbers. Help preschoolers with their math by letting them learn numbers with this fun craft technique! Also great for fine motor development.

Shake off the excess salt and set the paper aside to dry.  Let it dry for a long time, so that the salt will be extra thirsty for the watercolor.  Ours waited several days before we got around to finishing them.

Time To Paint!


Salt painted numbers. Help preschoolers with their math by letting them learn numbers with this fun craft technique! Also great for fine motor development.

Mix up some liquid watercolors.  You want them to be dark and vibrant, so that your colors will be bright!  We used around 7-10 drops of liquid watercolor and 1/4 cup of water.  Add an eyedropper to each color.

Salt painted numbers. Help preschoolers with their math by letting them learn numbers with this fun craft technique! Also great for fine motor development.

Let your child start painting.  Show them how to squeeze the bulb of the eyedropper, submerge the tip in the liquid watercolor, and release the squeeze to draw up the paint.  Then, encourage them to very gently squeeze the bulb to let out one drop at a time onto the salt.


When the watercolor hits the salt, it spreads beautifully!

Salt painted numbers. Help preschoolers with their math by letting them learn numbers with this fun craft technique! Also great for fine motor development.

Lena very quickly decided to make her numbers rainbow colored.  It was so fascinating to watch the colors meet and blend slightly!

Salt painted numbers. Help preschoolers with their math by letting them learn numbers with this fun craft technique! Also great for fine motor development.

Maggie stuck with mostly solid colors.  Once again, she repeated the numbers as she added the colors.

Salt painted numbers. Help preschoolers with their math by letting them learn numbers with this fun craft technique! Also great for fine motor development.

Here's a look at how the construction paper worked.  As you can see, all the water from the glue and the liquid watercolor ended up warping the paper quite a bit, and fading the color of the paper around the numbers.

*Psst. Like Maggie's "3" shirt?  Find out how to make your own "How Old Are You?" Applique T-Shirt!*

Salt painted numbers. Help preschoolers with their math by letting them learn numbers with this fun craft technique! Also great for fine motor development.

Here's a final peek at Maggie's Salt Painted Numbers.  She was almost 4 when we completed this activity.

Salt painted numbers. Help preschoolers with their math by letting them learn numbers with this fun craft technique! Also great for fine motor development.

And here's a look at Lena's work, at age 5 1/2.

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