I am always looking for different ways Adam can experiment with mark making – especially those that don’t involve him getting messy. That’s not because I don’t want to clean up after him but because at the moment he doesn’t like getting anything on his hands. So when I saw the Rainbow Salt Tray activity at Learning 4 Kids I knew it would be great for Adam.
The only tray I had suitable was a curved box. With hindsight I should have just used a shoebox lid because trying to get the paper to fit around the curves proved difficult.
The shape of the box also meant that the paper didn’t lay flush to the bottom meaning the salt wouldn’t lay evenly across the box. I laid sheets of coloured paper across the base of the box and sellotaped the edges together so no salt would get in between. I then simply poured salt over the ‘rainbow’. At first I poured in too much salt which made it harder to see the rainbow underneath. However, it was easy to scoop some salt back out.
I was amazed by how much control Adam had over the paint brushes, especially as he hasn’t really used them before.
He also wanted to experiment with the different brushes and stampers.
He kept asking for more brushes and liked using both hands.
Every now and again I would gently shake the box and the salt would cover the rainbow paper again.
I was surprised when Adam put down the brushes and experimented with his fingers. He tried picking up small clumps of salt and then rubbing it between his fingers.
Next time we do this activity I will draw some shapes, letters or numbers onto the rainbow paper to make it a focused activity. I may even make it into a Busy Box activity.
Check out the great extension ideas on Learning 4 Kids.
* Cheap table salt
* Coloured paper
* A shallow box
* Mark making utensils – variety of different sized paint brushes, stampers etc
Adam was 18 months old.
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