Rainbow Salt Jars

Activity Category:

Activity Equipment:


  • Paper 
  • Coloured Chalk (in your Activity Bag)
  • Salt (in your Activity Bag)
  • Small Glass Jars (in your Activity Bag) – I highly recommend using glass as the chalk dust sticks less.


Step 1:

Gather your materials.

Step 2:

Pour salt on a piece of paper, enough to make a layer about half a centimeter thick in your chosen container. This is tactilely so wonderful – let your kids play with it – or design with it.

Step 3:

Take your chosen chalk colour and rub the chalk back and forth across the salt until you get the desired colour saturation.

Step 4:

Carefully, pour a layer of coloured salt into the container.

Step 5:

Use the opposite side or a new piece of the paper for a new color (these pages can be used for chalk drawings after the project is over).

Step 6:

Pour layers at angles and around the jar to get interesting strata.  You can rotate the jar while pouring to achieve this.

Step 7:

 Repeat the process with new colours until the jar is completely full.  Take care not to shake the rainbow salt jar as this will mix the layers up = brown salt, no fun.   

Add lid and Voila!

Step 8:

Take a moment to relish in the happy feeling you get making something and appreciate the colours and layers and how they look.

Display your rainbow salt jar.

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