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Day 8 of our 30 days of fall printables! Can you believe it?! It’s already been a full week since we started!
Now, technically, this series is supposed to be all about fall printables. Today, however, we’re switching things up just a bit. Today’s printable, while it does contain a fall aspect, is a bit broader in that it actually covers all four seasons!
Now, we’ve tried salt painting before. In fact, it’s one of our favorite ways to work on names when we first start learning them. It’s a fantastic way to work on fine motor skills and it’s a ton of fun watching all of the colors run together.
You could, obviously, take these season printables and use them as simple coloring pages or find leaves to glue onto them to make a collage, but we chose to give a little seasonal salt art a try and I love the way they turned out!
To get started, you’ll need to gather up a few supplies.
- The four season printable pages (below)
- Q-Tips or paint brushes
- Food Coloring
- Small cups
The first thing you’ll want to do is pour some glue into a small bowl. This makes it a bit easier for small hands to work with it.
In your small cups, mix a little bit of water with a few drops of food coloring. For the various seasons, we mixed up a bit of yellow, red, orange, and green.
Making Your Four Seasons Salt Art
To turn our blank trees into seasonal works of art, we started with brown crayons and colored the trunks of all of our trees. One each for spring, summer, fall, and winter.
When your trunks are colored, have your child grab a Q-Tip or a paintbrush and start adding glue to their the leaves of their tree.
Continue this until all of the leaves on your tree are covered.
When you’re finished, cover all of the glue in a layer of salt. At this point, it’s helpful to have a small tray or pan available to shake the excess onto.
Now, you’re ready to start painting! Using either a clean paintbrush or a pipette, have your child choose the colors for the season that you’re working on and use them to paint the salt.
Try mixing the colors on a few trees to watch the paint spread across the salt. For ours, we used red, orange, and yellow on our fall tree, green on our spring, and mixed a bit of green and yellow on summer.
For winter, our final tree, we simply left the glue and salt alone after putting them both on. This gave our winter tree an awesome glittery, snow-covered look.