This is a really great activity that uses many things found around the house.
Simply find a large plate or tray and stick down some coloured paper with sticky tape.
It's a good idea to stick it down quite well or else you'll find salt gets behind the sheets and raises the paper sheets, which is not helpful.
Cover the paper with salt. Initially I used lots and lots of salt but I found that it was much harder to write or draw in because I was constantly 'shovelling' the salt out of the paths that I was creating.
A fine layer of salt will be enough.
You can use this as a maths activity and create problems for your children to solve.
It can also be a spelling or word study activity.
Provide your child with the ending of a word and see how many complete words they can make.
The coloured paper underneath the salt makes drawing fun and interesting.
Great alternative to paper.
I hope you enjoy this activity.
It has been inspired by 'The Imagination Tree'.
Feel free to email me any pictures.