This art project is about free-form expression. Using sparkling salt paint, encourage your child to create the sky he sees with his eyes, or the sun that lives inside his heart.

What you will need:

  1. Table salt
  2. Paint brushes
  3. Food coloring or liquid watercolors
  4. Child-safe glue
  5. Tag board
  6. Jar of water
  7. Cookie sheet


  1. Place tag board “canvas” onto a cookie sheet or old newspapers to contain the project and prevent messes
  2. Use the glue to cover paper in a fun pattern for the sky
  3. Liberally cover glue with salt and shake off excess
  4. Drip a few drops of food coloring or liquid water color onto the tag board, making sure to focus on the glued areas. The salt will absorb the color. If using food coloring, you can dip a brush in water and add drips to the food color spots for a surprise.
  5. Tilt the tray so the color rolls around the canvas, creating a beautiful, vibrant sky
  6. Add some more salt to the food coloring or water color to enhance the sparkle effect

Whatever the final project looks like, simply experimenting with a new artistic medium is exciting for kids. And the glistening paint will make a great addition to your refrigerator gallery.

Remember to chat with your child throughout the activity. Tell your child about the most beautiful skies you’ve ever seen, or reminisce about fun times when you got caught in a rainstorm together. What kind of weather does she like best? When does the sun look prettiest?

Have fun!