just in time for valentine’s day this saturday, jen from jen loves kev is sharing a fun valentine craft below that involves fun stuff like liquid water colors and salt! i love it. thanks so much for sharing, jen! you can see more of her genius craft ideas here. she always has fun stuff up her sleeve.
“Happy almost Valentine’s Day everyone! The snow just keeps on coming in our neck of the woods and the days seem quite long. I am always on the lookout for fun, simple projects to do with my kids. This week I thought we could all do a fun experiment together using salt and glue. It takes very little materials, but my kiddos loved this simple project. We even made it Valentine’s Day themed! The finished project is not something that will last forever. As it dries, the salt becomes very crumbly, but if you are careful you can at least pin them up and enjoy their beauty until February 14th.
Let’s get started, shall we?
- large container of salt
- white glue
- liquid watercolors (food coloring would work as well)
- artist palette
- plastic pipettes (You could also use any kind of eye dropper you might have or a paint brush with a lot of liquid in it)
- baking sheet
- watercolor paper (Thick card stock would work as well)
1. In your artist palette (or little plastic cups) mix a dab of liquid watercolor with water and stir it up to make a well mixed combo. You can do the same thing with food coloring if you want. I mixed a bunch of different pinks, reds and purples with just a few other colors to try to make them look more Valentinesy.
2. Cut some paper into a manageable size for your little ones. You can let them free draw with the glue, or you can help guide them by drawing shapes on the paper first for them to follow.
3. With the white glue, lay down a thick line in any kind of pattern your want. Rowan made some hearts, zigzags, an R and just some fun patterns. The thicker the line of glue the better.
4. After you’re done with your glue lines, lay your designs in a baking sheet and cover the entire sheet of paper with salt. Make sure to cover every angle, corner, etc. of the glue. Lightly and quickly tap the salt off the sheet, leaving only the salt that attached to the glue. If you tip it too much the glue will run.
5. Now the super fun part! Take one of the pipettes and fill it with a color. Let your little one drip color onto the salt lines. The color absorbs and almost dances around the glue line like magic. Try adding different colors next to each other and watch them mix and create pretty gradients. Rowan thought it was pure magic! She had so much fun dripping all the different colors and watching them bleed together.
6. Try not to get them too over saturated with water. You don’t have to worry about it if you don’t plan on trying to dry and hang them up. However, too much liquid dissolves the salt too much if you want to keep them. Again, remember these are not projects that will last forever. The salt does becomes very brittle and crumbly to touch after it dries. We did manage to hang them up above our kitchen window to enjoy until after Valentine’s Day though.
7. I promise this will keep them entertained for a good amount of time. And when all else fails, let them play and draw designs in the leftover salt in the baking sheet. 2 projects in one! Boom!
Enjoy + have fun!”
thanks, jen! happy valentine’s week everyone!!