This pumpkin salt painting activity uses glue, salt and watercolors to create a fun 3D art project for the fall.
Salt painting is such a great process art project for toddlers and preschoolers. It seems like magic as the paint spreads along the salt. This pumpkin salt painting is a great fall activity for kids!
Pumpkin Salt Painting
Using the template below, or a hand drawn pumpkin, children will create a fall art project that will pop with a fun 3D element.
Get creative with this one! Maybe your child might want to draw a background for their pumpkin, or create a design on the pumpkin skin prior to making their salt painting lines.
Turning any artwork into process art allows for the creative freedom and expression of imagination, which is ultimately more important that the end product. Your children will love making this fun pumpkin salt painting activity.
We love how Rhythms of Play did their salt painting on black construction paper to make a jack o lantern!
What you need for the pumpkin salt painting
Watercolor paint palette
How to make the pumpkin salt painting
Draw a pumpkin shape on heavy weight paper or card stock, or print the template above in the supply list if doing this with a class to save time.
Children can opt to color in the coloring page prior to the salt painting if they want a background or a colored in pumpkin. Give kids as much creative freedom as possible to really let their imagination shine and make this salt painting art their own.
Trace the black lines of the pumpkin with white glue, then sprinkle with salt like glitter.
Gently lift and tap the paper over a trash can to remove any excess salt unattached to the glue and place on a flat surface.
Using either a watercolor palette or liquid watercolors, saturate the paintbrush in the paint and gently touch the paintbrush to the salt.
The color will begin to spread along the salt, and children can continue to place the paint along the salt.
*To keep the 3D look, really place the brush gently on the salt so that the glue isn’t disrupted. You can encourage this by first demonstrating the magic of gently touching the brush to the salt and watching the paint spread.
Once the pumpkin has been painted, leave the picture to dry to that the glue and salt doesn’t spread.
Have so much fun with this pumpkin salt painting, what a great art project for the Fall!