Olympic Craft ~ Salt Painting

by shara.anderson on July 2, 2012

It is far too hot today to head to the beach so we are finding activities to do indoors.

I love the Olympics.  I blogged about some of the things we did during the last “Winter Games” here.

We are already anticipating the happenings in London.  The opening ceremony is July 27th, 2012.

The other day I pulled up the official 2012 Olympic Games Website to show the kids what events would be held, and we looked through pictures of the various events.  Today we decided to make Olympic Rings in the salt painting medium (mostly because it is something I have everything on hand for, and it doesn’t require turning on the oven:)).

We talked about how the 5 rings represent the 5 continents and that the colors represent all of the countries that participate because each flag has at least one of the colors of the rings.

Here’s what you need for Salt Painting:

  • Something circular to trace around
  • Pencil
  • Cardstock or Construction Paper
  • Glue
  • Watercolor paints OR food coloring OR liquid watercolors
  • Table salt
  • Cookie sheet
  • Paint Brush OR medicine dropper

This is what we did:

We traced the 5 rings onto white cardstock paper (we used the top of our sugar dispenser).

To be accurate this is how they overlap.

Then we traced the circles with glue.

Cover the rings with a generous amount of table salt.  Don’t be shy with this as that is what makes the colors spread later.  It’s also a good idea to have a cookie sheet underneath for easier clean-up.

Shake off the excess salt and Wa-Lah…Olympic Salt Rings!

Mix food coloring with water OR use liquid water colors if you have them.  I didn’t have red food coloring on hand so we used some regular water color mixed with water, but it wasn’t as vibrant as the other options.  You can see it turned out to be pink instead of read.

Addie just loved how the color spread along the salt.

Not to mention the fun of writing and playing in the remaining salt!

She has a nice clean face and well done hair too:).

Here is Ella’s final product.  Addie used way too much liquid and we had to throw hers, but she had a blast!

Go USA!!

Blessings to you,


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