I know I just talked about how the current state of our apartment is a bit of a boon to our creative pursuits, Noweo and I still try to do fun stuff with the things we have.
Make salt glitter!
I saw this tutorial a while back and decided now was a good time to try it out.
I'm never good at doing things right the first time, and even in its' simplicity I managed to screw it up, but it really is easy. Of course, doing anything with a toddler also makes things er... interesting.
Here's what you do:
1) Gather up a few bowls. I used a muffin tin. Don't be like me.
2) Pour some salt into the bowls. 1 bowl for each color. A little goes a long way. 2 tablespoons is plenty. I let Noweo pour the salt into the muffin tin. Don't let your kids pour salt, unless you're ok with it looking like winter on your floor. I ended up transferring the salt into a bowl and letting her spoon the salt into the muffin tin.
3) Add a couple of drops of food coloring into each bowl. Noweo enjoyed doing this, but she put a lot of food coloring into some tins, which will increase your baking time. Try to keep it uniform.
4) Mix the salt so the food coloring is evenly distributed. Noweo dipped and swished her spoon into every single muffin tin so all the colors got mixed up. I used my finger to really get a nice even color on the salt, turning them a pretty shade of blue in the process.
5) Spread the salt onto a cookie sheet. This is when having separate bowls makes it easier. I ended up just dumping the contents of my muffin tin onto a cookie sheet so it's a giant hodgepodge of color. Pretty, but not what I intended. That's ok. We're just going with the flow at this point. Of course, if you wanted to make absolutely certain your colors stayed separate, make several batches, each a different color.
6) Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes. We ended up doing 20 because some of the salt seemed a little wet. When it looks done, take it out of the oven and let it cool. Use on all your fun craft projects!
I didn't have any glue on me, but I did have some double stick tape, so we tested out our glitter with that. I cut the tape for her, she placed it where she wanted, loaded it up with glitter and dumped the excess. The results were awesome and Noweo was in awe watching the glitter fall away from the paper except where we had put the tape. I felt like a total magician. This picture doesn't really do it justice because you can't see all the different colors of the glitter, but it did turn out really pretty.
I really like the idea of salt glitter because it's not so fine that it'll stick to Noweo's skin and get in her eyes if she rubs her face. I also like that it's edible. Even though Noweo doesn't put stuff in her mouth anymore, a surprising amount of stuff still makes it in there somehow. Finally, you just can't beat the price. A little tube of glitter will cost $5 or more over here. This glitter does have some sparkle, but not as much as real glitter. Fortunately it makes no difference to a two year old.