A Recipe for Fun: Color Mixing at the Sink
The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit

Watercolor and Salt Painting

The activity was inspired by Sky Color. To learn more about the book and to see all our Sky Color activities, click here

This is a fun painting project with a bit of a magical twist. Be careful not to blink when the salt is added to the painting – it will quickly change, right before your eyes.

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What You Will Need

  • Glue
  • Watercolor Paper
  • Watercolors
  • Container for Water
  • Paintbrush
  • Salt


How To Do It

  1. Invite your young reader to use a bottle of glue to create squiggles, drips, circles, and squirts of glue all over a piece of watercolor paper. Set on a flat surface until completely dry.
  2. Using the watercolors, encourage your young reader to cover the sheet of watercolor paper in a variety of colors, mixing the colors as the paper fills and discovering what colors will appear. 
  3. While the paint is still wet, sprinkle salt over the paper and watch what happens.
  4. Once dry, shake off salt.


Why We Like It

The salt absorbs the paint pigment and before your very eyes you watch the artwork transform. Each step of the project has its own fun, messy element that encourages experimentation, exploration, and imagination.

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