Sensory Salt Writing Box

Today I decided to let my daughter and her friend practice writing their letters with an idea I got from Teach Preschool.


  • Shallow box or baking pan
  • Salt
  • Food coloring (optional)


I thought it would be fun to add some color to our salt writing box, so I tinted the salt with food coloring a few days before.  I wanted to make sure the food coloring dried so that it wouldn’t stain their hands.  You don’t need too much salt, a small amount produces the best results.
First you will need about a 1/4 cup of salt.
Add a couple drops of food coloring.

And stir well until the food coloring is completely blended into the salt.

Once it’s dry, put it in a shallow box and have the kids start practicing their letters.  I showed the girls the letter and taught them how it is correctly written.

They would then practice writing it with their finger.

This salt writing box definitely made learning letters a lot more fun and the girls loved this activity.  The best part is that you can store it in a small container or zip lock bag and use it again and again.

This is a great activity to promote sensory play while promoting young children’s fine motor skills.

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