- Playful Activities
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Snowman Art Using Salt
R made a snowman picture using salt for a nice snowy effect. It's easy and fun and the end result is really neat.
What You Need
Blue card stock (We used construction paper because I could not find my card stock. Construction paper was okay, but after it was all dry it had a halo effect around the snowman from bleeding.)
Misc. craft items to add (We used sequins, googly eyes, and pipe cleaners.)
Crayons, markers, or other art materials to add details
What You Do
Have your child draw a line across the bottom of the paper with glue. Then ask your child to draw an outline of a snowman on top of the snowy ground. Fill in the outline of the snowman and the ground with glue. R also wanted to go back and add falling snow. Drawing with glue is great for strengthening hands!
Then they can add craft items of their choice to create a face and other details for their snowman.
After those details are added, pour on the salt! I poured some salt into a small cup and R switched between sprinkling and dumping the salt on the page. Make sure all the glue is covered with the salt. Pick up the page and allow the extra salt to fall off. Lay flat to dry.
R drew pictures in the excess salt as I made lunch. Yay for leftover entertainment value! Here's the picture he drew for me. He's a sweetie.
After it dries some you can go back and draw on further details like a hat and arms. R insisted that his looked great just the way he was, so he left it alone. Drying time will vary greatly depending on how much glue was used. And again, I recommend card stock over construction paper for this project. The construction paper bled a bit and it left a white shadow effect around the snowman, but I've used card stock for this project without problems in the past.
And that's it! The end result really looks snowy. R was very impressed that he could make a snowy picture with salt.