11th May 2022 All Posts Sustainability in the Early Years

Sustainability Activity of the Week: Salt Water Art

We think it’s important to provide useful resources for early years practitioners, childminders, and parents in terms of sustainability – and this series aims to bring you easy crafts and activities that will teach children about sustainable living. 

May is finally here and that means summer has officially arrived. Most of us enjoyed a hot and sunny bank holiday, and although it has cooled down this week, it won’t be long before we have a heatwave in the UK to enjoy! 

One great sustainable activity idea to try with children this week is salt water art. You may have seen this trending in recent weeks on Tik Tok and Instagram, and we are here to show you how easy this activity is to do!

Safety First!

Make sure children don’t put salt in their mouths.

Salt Water Art

What you’ll need:

  • Watercolour paint 
  • Paint brushes 
  • Cardboard
  • PVA Glue 
  • Salt
  • Water


  1. Create a pattern with glue on a piece of cardboard. 
  2. Sprinkle salt over the cardboard and leave to completely dry for a few hours. 
  3. Tap and brush off the excess salt. 
  4. Set out your paints and paintbrushes on a working surface.
  5. Wet a paintbrush and dip into a colour, then tap the colour onto the salt – this will react with the salt and the colour will pour over the pattern. 
  6. Allow children to play around with different colours and patterns. 

Join us next week for another sustainable early years activity, and if you try this out, don’t forget to tag us on Instagram @ConnectChildcare. Have you seen our other sensory activities? We have a FREE Spring Activity Guide ideal for spring weather and sensory development. 

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