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Starfish Art with Rock Salt

by on May 27th, 2011

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I remember being so amazed with starfishes when I was younger. I used to think they were just star-shaped rocks! I was so curious how they moved and how they become “alive”. It was only when I visited a beach during my teen years that I finally saw starfishes move and even piling up one over the other! They were really fun to watch and are something you can’t miss during the summer season.

So for our theme on sand and sea, we decided to have kids make their own starfish! Instead of just coloring or painting it, we used rocked salt and food coloring instead!

What you will need

  • Food coloring
  • Rock salt
  • Cardboard paper/Folder
  • Glue
  • Paint brush
  • White paper
  • Ziploc bag/ plastic
  • Sand (optional)
  • Sea shells (optional)

*Teacher’s Preparation: Use the cardboard paper/folder and cut them into popsicle-stick shapes or that of a tongue depressor

Kid’s Turn:

Step 1: Form a star/asterisk shape using the pre-cut cardboard paper/folder

Step 2: Once done, glue the finished product to the white paper. (we were unable to do this immediately because I initially had no intention of letting them glue it unto the paper)

Step 3: Place rock salt in a ziploc bag or sealed plastic and add a few drops of red food coloring

Step 4: Seal and mix until the salt turns red

Step 5: Spread glue unto your star using a paintbrush. Using the paintbrush makes it even.

Step 6: Sprinkle the red salt unto the starfish for the added texture

Step 7: Squeeze some glue over the paper and add some sand and seashells for the added beach effect!

Step 8: Happy Summer!


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Cheryl Villareal is a preschool teacher and the owner/ editor-in-chief of On weekdays, she could be found teaching her little tots while Sundays are her workout days. She easily enjoys simple things and loves experiencing new things! Her blog is simply a way for her to share these experiences with people. Besides her blog, she also contributes and writes various articles on Follow her on Twitter

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