I thought it would be fun to "frost" winter pictures for us to take home. This is a fun activity, because the children can watch the salt crystals dissolve, paint their scene, and watch the crystals reappear etched on their drawing. You can easily adapt this activity for a lot of themes- winter, frost, crystals, evaporation, and more! It's cheap, educational, and fun!
To make your frosted pictures, you will need:
- colored construction paper
- salt- Epsom or table
- hot water
- permanent marker or crayons
Here is how you paint like Jack Frost:
- In a bowl, dissolve equal parts of salt and hot water. Stir well.
- On your colored construction paper, draw a winter scene. Snowmen, trees, birds, houses, etc.
- Take your paintbrush and swirl it in the salt water. Apply the liquid to the paper and paint over your scene. If you want more "snow" try to get a little salt on the brush. For more of a "crystallized" look use more of the water.
- Finally, let the painting dry. Watch the salt reappear and leave frost across your artwork!
What did you make today?