Sanity Savers, STEM Edition: Salt Leaf Art

Presented by National Grid

Written By Dan Walsh
STEM Educator

Supplies ideas:

Salt, glue, paper, food coloring or watercolors, and a little bit of patience.


10 minutes plus drying time  

Academic Subjects:


This lesson supports the following standards:    

ETS1.A: Defining Engineering Problems – A situation that people want to change or create can be approached as a problem to be solved through engineering. Such problems may have many acceptable solutions. (secondary to KPS2-2)

Directions for Salt Leaf Art

Draw inspiration from the leaves outside to create your own salt art! This activity is simple, and the results are beautiful. Grab a piece of paper and roll up your sleeves, and get busy creating your own masterpiece with the following steps.  

1.)  First find inspiration for your artwork. Along with a grownup take a walk or hike to find beautiful fall leaves. Collect your favorite leaves.
2.)  Grab a piece of paper, construction paper will work the best, but any paper will do. Using your leaves as inspiration, draw the outline of your leaves out with glue.
3.)  This is where patience comes into play. Wait until your glue is completely dry.
4.)  Using your food dye or watercolors, dab just a little paint of food dye onto the salt, then watch in wonder as the salt slowly changes colors!  
5.)  Continue adding dabs of food dye or watercolors until your leaves are completely painted.

Salt Leaf Art   

Photosynthesis– the process of how plants convert sunlight into food.  
Leaf– one of the most important parts of a plant. Leaves use photosynthesis to create food for itself.

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