I have been obsessed with zen gardens for a long time. Whenever we get a house, I will surely make have a big zen garden somewhere! But for now, a reasonable alternative is none other than salt!
I love salt because it’s super cheap (around $1 for a box at the big box store), it’s white, and easy to clean up. I’ve dyed it easily with a drop of food coloring or, my favorite, by adding grated sidewalk chalk!
I was putting together a salt tray to go with E’s St. Patrick’s Day school and trying to think of what to put with it. I ended up adding a plastic stirrer and a feather. I was happy to see the same feather and salt writing idea over at Teach Preschool!
My favorite activity is to simply provide containers each of salt and dry pasta rings. I love how the salt pours through and around the rings! We have done this with both dyed pasta and rice as well as in their natural state. I often use a Tidy Tray for easy cleanup and absolutely adore these mini OXO beakers! We also get a lot of use out of these geometric cookie cutters, plus helpful tools like paintbrushes, spoons, measuring cups, sifters, and containers of all sizes.
So, please enjoy my quick roundup of 7 Simple Salt Trays and check out all of the simple salt trays on my blog!
1. Number Drawing Salt Tray
2. St. Patrick’s Day Salt Writing w/Feather & Stirrer
3. $25 Lighted Sensory Bin
4. Salt & Ring Pasta Pouring
5. Circle Salt Pouring Activity
6. Simple Salt Dinosaur Excavation
7. Triangle Shape Salt Reveal
Plus Easy Chalk-Tinted Colored Salt!
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