Salty Letters and Words

Writing letters in salt. You’ve probably seen it on Pinterest or (like me) known someone who tried it with their kiddos. We tried it today.

I had to work myself up to it. I knew I would really have to be in the right frame of mind for an activity that would end with salt everywhere. I would have to be willing to accept the mess.

Which, if I’m being honest, wasn’t too difficult a decision. My kitchen is already a disaster of dirty dishes, sticky counters and forgotten toys. What’s a little salt on the floor?

The activity kept both boys busy for 40 minutes.

That’s right. A whopping 40 minutes of undivided and focused attention to the task of writing letters and words in salt.

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Joe said the letters of the word out loud and I read the sample sentence underneath. Before long, he was saying the letters with no prompting.

And, once I told him what word the letters spelled, he was making up his own sample sentence–and using the word correctly in the sentence.

The best part? He was having a blast doing it.

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Jake was having fun too. He needed a little more help at first, but then he quickly got the hang of it. While he couldn’t quite draw the letters accurately, he recognized and said them out loud.

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After about 20 minutes of letters and words, Joe asked if he could write numbers. I hurried to get the number flashcards out. I didn’t want him to lose interest.

I had him write the number with a few. Then I asked him to count the pictures on the back of the card and then write the number.

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Success! He was able to write almost every number. The number 8 was a little crazy.

Jake enjoyed the numbers too. He was able to recognize most numbers I gave him, but writing them was a bit of a challenge.

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Joe, after writing the number “7”, asked if he could go back to writing the words. He wrote a few and then started to draw pictures in the salt.

The drawing below, he said, was Mommy.

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I guess Mommy is having a bad hair day.

Soon after, the rice krispie treats on the counter captured his interest and the activity came to an end.

I saved the salt in a baggie. I just know he will ask to do it again.

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