Sunday, 22 January 2017

Valentine's Day Salt Tray Tutorial and Printables

We have been very busy practicing writing and working on letter recognition. Today, I am so excited to show you not only our fun Valentine's Day Salt Tray cards, but also a super easy tutorial for creating coloured salt or sugar to use in your writing trays! 

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Valentine's Day Activities: 

Pre-writing cards with a pink sugar tray


Age: 3+
Why: to prepare your child for writing letters, and numbers. Trays like this give children an opportunity to practice writing letters via a tactile experience. 


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Salt trays are great tools because children can easily 'erase' mistakes. They allow an effective way to practice penmanship. 

You can also offer a paint brush for children to practice pencil grasp.

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How to use

Y used our cards alongside a Montessori tray to practice writing letters. I present them with a small wooden easel for him to isolate one letter or number at a time. 

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You can use the printables in several ways! We used them alongside a Montessori inspired sugar tray! We used sugar instead of salt for writing practice as salt can be unpleasant for dry or sensitive skin. Sugar worked perfectly, but flour and sand will also work just as well. 

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Because Valentine's Day is approaching, we made pink sugar for practicing writing skills.

How to make pink sugar (or salt!) 

We used paint to colour our sugar pink! I had Y do all of the steps. He really loved working on the colour, which also made working with the writing tray later all the more exciting! 

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First, he mixed the colours - red and white paint until he got the desired shade of pink. 

We added the paint to the sugar and mixed. 


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Y mixed until he got bored. I took over and worked on spreading the color. The sugar will form chunks so you can use a fork or spoon to crush it and break it apart. 

Then let it dry over night. 


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To prevent the sugar from becoming hard, it is important to stir occasionally. When we were ready to use it after drying it overnight, I used a spoon to break everything apart until we achieved our desired consistency. 

You could make it more fine than what we did, but I do like to present different materials for these trays to keep it more interesting. 

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This also works perfectly with salt if you fear your children will spill and leave you with a bunch of ants from the sugar. Y and I have dry skin in the winter so I like to use something more gentle for his skin, and he is old enough where the sugar doesn't spill. 

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Y really enjoyed the entire process with this work! It's so beautiful to watch him enjoying his works and learning in this way!

Get your set!


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Includes: 
  • A-Z capital tracing letters in d'nealian font
  • A-Z lower case tracing letters in d'nealian font
  • 0-9 tracng cards in d'nealian font
  • 4 blank cards

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Some supplies that may help


These items may be useful to setting up these activities! You can click on the photos for more details! 

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