Ocean Salt Painting for Kids

Explore visual arts and fine motor skills with your preschool-age learners using this Ocean Salt Painting for Kids! It’s an engaging and hands-on way to learn about the ocean while experimenting with salt and watercolor chemical reactions. Check out this salt art painting for kids today!

collage of ocean salt painting for kids images with text: Ocean Painting for Kids Process ArtSalt art for kids is perfect for your next summer preschool theme!  This easy ocean art is a wonderfully fascinating project to add to your list of ocean activities for preschoolers and kindergartners. You’re definitely not going to want to miss this Ocean Salt Painting for Kids!

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child's ocean salt painting
We are definitely loving our ocean thematic study as well as the amazing salt art projects for kids that we’ve been doing this week!

child's ocean salt painting process art
This saltwater art is so much fun and especially because your little kids get the opportunity to explore salt painting without glue, which means there’s no waiting for glue to dry before creating your ocean art!

preschooler's ocean salt painting process art
Watercolor salt painting is great for introducing preschoolers and kindergartners to the concept of chemical reactions while making cool under the sea art projects.

child using eyedropper to drop paint onto salt painting process art
If you’re looking to take your underwater ocean art for kids even further, then definitely add some fun sea creatures to your process art. You can draw or paint your sea life or even use ocean animal stickers. It’s totally up to you!

preschooler's ocean salt painting for kids process art

Ocean Salt Painting for Kids

What you’ll need

  • Inspiration Photo
  • Salt
  • Eyedropper
  • Background Paper
  • Paint
  • Water
  • Cups

Here’s how to do it

Set Up

  • Fill cups with small amounts of water and mix in paint. Set out as many colors as desired.
  • Set out the Inspiration Photo and additional supplies.

Prompts

  • What do you notice about the photo?
  • How will you use the salt? Will you sprinkle it on first or last?
  • What happens to the salt when it touches watercolors?
  • What happens when you squeeze the eyedropper?

Observe

  • What was the child’s first step?
  • Did he or she appear focused and engaged?
  • Did he or she communicate ideas about his or her art?

child dripping paint onto salt painting process art
preschooler's salt painting process art
The little guy and baby girl had a blast making their very own abstract ocean paintings! Talk about a great sensory experience for your little learners! This ocean kids activity was a huge hit around here and we’ll definitely be doing it again before we wrap up our ocean thematic study.

blue paint and salt on white cardstock
If you loved this ocean art preschool activity, then definitely keep an eye out for even more ocean painting ideas in the next few weeks!

preschool using eyedropper to drip paint onto saltwater process art
Check out even more salt painting ideas here:

child's salt painting process art on white cardstock
Don’t forget to check back if you’re interested in seeing what we’re up to next week with our ocean theme from Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time).

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collage of ocean salt painting for kids images with text: Ocean Painting for Kids Process Art

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