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I am SUPER excited to report that I have finished writing the first draft of the Fun at Home with Kids book (due out this November!), so I am back to regularly posting!  Thanks for bearing with us through the past few quiet weeks. :)

I've been waiting to share this new activity we invented with you all - we love it so much!!!!!  And when I say we, I literally mean all of us - even Grandma and Grandpa!  Our salt sculptures are just TOO much fun to paint.  Though one or two were painted by S, most were collaborative pieces by 4 or even 5 of us at once.  They're kind of addictive, so it's good that they only cost around a dollar to make!!!

Painted Salt Sculptures - a NEW recipe and activity from Fun at Home with Kids - fun for all ages from toddler on up!

You can use anything as a mold for the salt sculptures - this was shaped by the bottom 2/3rds of one of our drinking glasses.

Painted Salt Sculptures - a NEW recipe and activity from Fun at Home with Kids - fun for all ages from toddler on up!

Any shape of sandcastle mold works really well, too - though the longer shapes are slightly less stable than the square shapes.

Painted Salt Sculptures - a NEW recipe and activity from Fun at Home with Kids - fun for all ages from toddler on up!

The square shaped sand castles are the hardiest.

Painted Salt Sculptures - a NEW recipe and activity from Fun at Home with Kids - fun for all ages from toddler on up!
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To paint the salt sculpture, we really recommend using liquid watercolors.  If you don't have some, you can mix up some diluted food coloring.  Though you can use a paintbrush to paint them, the bristles can disturb the salt a bit, so we recommend using eyedroppers if you can.

Painted Salt Sculptures - a NEW recipe and activity from Fun at Home with Kids - fun for all ages from toddler on up!

It's so beautiful to watch the color fan out through the salt!  We never tired of it!!!

Painted Salt Sculptures - a NEW recipe and activity from Fun at Home with Kids - fun for all ages from toddler on up!

To make your own salt sculptures, you'll need:

Some sort of mold (sandcastle, drinking glass, anything you can think of!)
Table salt
Water

Add 3 cups of salt and 3 teaspoons of water to a bowl.  Stir extremely well - every bit of salt should appear wet/crumbly.  If there is still dry salt, continue to stir.  It shouldn't be necessary to add more water, but if for some reason after a lot of stirring you still have dry patches of salt, add 1/4 teaspoon of water.  Once your salt is uniformly crumbly and damp, spoon or pour it into your mold and press hard to compact it.  Leave it in the mold for at least 12 hours (24 hours or more is best).  After that, you can flip it over and it should slide out of the mold.  Allow it to dry for an additional 12 or more hours (24 hours or more is ideal) after it's been removed from the mold.  Because it takes so much time to dry, I made these after the kids were asleep one night, and didn't mention it to them until they were ready (so they didn't get frustrated with the dry times).

Check that it is dry and solid to the touch before painting it with liquid watercolors (or dilute food coloring).  Before painting it, transfer it to a container or paint it in a spot where you can leave it to dry undisturbed for 12 or more hours.  Once painted, it will be very delicate until it dries once again and moving it by hand will result in a crumbled sculpture.  

Once it has completely dried, it is pretty solid.  I'm sure if you dropped it, it would shatter, but you can easily handle/move it.  You can keep the sculptures on display, or you can break them with a hammer or mallet and use the salt for sensory play or art!

Painted Salt Sculptures - a NEW recipe and activity from Fun at Home with Kids - fun for all ages from toddler on up!
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All activities here are activities I feel are safe for my own children.  As your child's parents/guardians, you will need to decide what you feel is safe for your family.  I always encourage contacting your child's pediatrician for guidance if you are not sure about the safety/age appropriateness of an activity. All activities on this blog are intended to be performed with adult supervision.  Appropriate and reasonable caution should be used when activities call for the use of materials that could potentially be harmful, such as scissors, or items that could present a choking risk (small items), or a drowning risk (water activities), and with introducing a new food/ingredient to a child (allergies).  Observe caution and safety at all times.  The author and blog disclaim liability for any damage, mishap, or injury that may occur from engaging in any of these activities on this blog.

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  1. Wow! So cool and they are absolutely gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you, Dyan!!!! :) :) :)

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    2. Seriously cool!!! I love it! Going to mold a bunch for my daycare kids to do. Thanks for the post and congrats on your book!

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    3. Awesome, Linda!!!! I would love to see a photo if you have a chance to snap one! And thank you!!

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  2. Wow this is amazing I really want to make it hahaha. When you say a cup is like a tea glass, normal glass...? Congratulations for your book I can't wait to read it :)

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    1. Do it, Laura!!!! ;) We used a normal sized drinking glass, but one of the short stubby kind. A tea glass would be cool too, though! Try a bunch of different glasses! And thank you SO much!!! :)

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    2. Laura, do you mean when she said 3 cups? That was the measurement ☺it equals 750 ml of salt

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    3. Ohhh!!!! That must have been what she meant! Thank you, Twila!!!!

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  3. Wow that's so cool and colorful! Love it. Can't wait to try it out with M and her buddies. Welcome Back.

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  4. These are gorgeous! Well done, Asia!
    Congratulations on your upcoming book :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Aleacia!!!! And thank you! I'm so thrilled you love these - you always have the coolest art projects! :)

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  5. Such a cute project, my kids would have loved this when they were smaller!

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  6. You did it again!!! This is AWESOME Asia!

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  7. What a fun idea! And they look awesome! We have to give this one a try!

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    1. Thank you, Tracey! I hope you all love them!!! :)

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  8. These are so so beautiful! I can't wait to try this with Skyler!!

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  9. Oh, what a cool project!! All the scuptures look so beautiful and everybody seems to be having so much fun!

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    1. Thank you, onel! We totally were!!! :)

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  10. Hi there, is there a way to create the salt sculpture in just 15 min? Cause I run a weekly programme with kids and it would be hard to wait for 12h. Thanks!

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    1. You could prep them ahead of time - then the kids could have 15 minutes to paint them. If they needed to take them home right then, have boxes or disposable trays they can use to carry them and be sure to make them in a square shape as those are the sturdiest.

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  11. This is really wonderful! I keep thinking about all the science concepts we could discuss while exploring this project.

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    1. Thank you, Deirdre! And absolutely!!!

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    2. My thoughts exactly... Lessons are endless.

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  12. I love these! The colors are so vibrant and the shapes are fun and whimsical. I pinned this and I definitely want to try this with our children! Thank you for your great tutorial. I'd love it if you'd share this on Artsy Play Wednesday (open until Saturday night).

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    1. Thank you so much, Theresa! I will try to remember to link up! :)

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  13. I LOVE this! We are definitely trying this. Thank you for such an idea. I know few friends who would love to do this with their children too so I will be sending them here. A perfect summer activity too.

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  14. I am sure Aarya would break it before painting it :) But this is seriously cool

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    1. Hahaha - they are pretty sturdy once they're dry, but if you get a lot of watercolors on them, they become delicate again. Still could be fun! :)

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  15. Wow. Do you think it will work with sugar as my daughter is still putting things in her mouth. I shal save for when she's a bit older though. Thank you :)

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    1. I think yes, but it would probably be sticky. The sugar should take the color the same. As long as you don't have ants and don't mind the sticky?

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  16. My girls had a great time making these! They drizzled diluted food coloring over top and didn't have over-saturation issues (well, until they realized that would be a cool effect and purposely dumped the liquid over their sculptures to watch them "melt"). Thanks for all your great ideas! You made a long, tough winter easier to deal with!

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    1. Hahahahaaha - well I bet that was fun, too! SO glad you guys tried them and loved them!!!!! :) :) :)

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  17. Totally buying the dollar store out of salt this weekend ....

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  18. Ok this is reallyyyyy cool!!!!

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    1. Thank you so much, Jeanine!! :) :) :)

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  19. WOW! Can't wait to try this! going to share with all our nannies. Thank you!

    www.aznannies.com

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  20. Your blog is an EC educators dream, and some could be used with primary aged kids too. Thank you so much for sharing. Will your book be published world wide?

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    1. Thank you so much, Sara! This totally makes my day!!!! :) I very much hope it will. I haven't heard the final word yet, but I will do everything in my power to make it available everywhere since about 25% of my audience is International. I should know for sure in a few weeks. :)

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  21. Hi, I was wondering if when we flip it out after the first twelve hours if it's not completely dry is that normal. I tried it and when I flipped the inside still crumbled to the touch. The bottom was fairly dry.

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    1. Yep! Totally normal. The plastic mold traps some of the moisture inside it. If you gently flip and allow the top to air dry for the next 12, it should be nice and solid. :)

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  22. Hello, I tried this yesterday but it didn't work for me. The open part of the mould once turned over fell apart and the top hold its shape but once lightly touched crumbled. Any ideas what I might have done wrong? I used fine salt would that be it?

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    1. Hmmmm. It sounds like either the salt wasn't wet enough to bind together OR that it wasn't finished drying. Was the salt that crumbled wet? If yes, it might be humid enough where you live that you will need to do a longer drying time. If the salt was very dry, try adding 1-2 more Tablespoons of water. The only other guess I have is if you used a soft mould. It seems to only work well with hard moulds...Hopefully this helps! I used table salt, which is pretty fine, so I don't think that is it.

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    2. yes the salt was still very dry so i tried with a lot more water now to see how it goes.. I live in Cyprus which about 40 degrees celsius and humidity levels around 70 - 80%
      I'll keep you posted when I turned them over

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    3. Oh so interesting! I bet the humidity levels will affect it a lot - it's like 5% humid here. I hope this second batch works better!!!!

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  23. Any tips on getting it out of the mould? I couldn't get it out without damaging it :(

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    1. Are you using hard-sided moulds? For us, I just tipped it over and it slid right out. I think it clung a bit more when I used the drinking glass mould, so I left it right-side up for a few hours and then it slid out. Is it sliding out in two pieces? If yes, it may be that there is a dry patch of salt that didn't get coated with water. Let me know if there's any other way I can help! So sorry it's causing trouble!

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    2. I was, I used a pretty flared wineglass. It is stuck firm! :( Maybe I'll try again with a soft mould.

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    3. If you can, try leaving it upside down overnight. Hard plastic seems to be the easiest. Glass seems to hold it a bit tighter - but soft moulds tend to crumble when you remove them. Let me know if leaving it overnight does the trick! Fingers crossed!

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Welcome to Fun at Home with Kids! I'm Asia, a teacher (M. Ed) turned SAHM mom to two young kids: X and S. Around here we like to do a little bit of everything - science, art, crafts, sensory play, and small world play. Click here to read more about us!

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