Salty Science

What can be used in soap, sculptures and artwork? Salt!

Salt is not just for making your food tasty, it can do so many things! Kids will use salt to make soap luxurious, add texture to paintings, and create their own play dough. Be prepared to get a little bit messy while we explore this incredible material!

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Salty Science
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1 Your Guide

Heather Turnbull Learn more about me

As a scientist, I LOVE exploring and learning through hands-on experimenting! Planting seeds and sprouts and watching them grow is one of my favourite things to do. I am an active learner and am currently participating in my MEd, my fourth university degree. I have worked with the Ontario Science Centre, Science North, and as a grade 7 and 8 classroom teacher for many years - all great places to try new things. I believe staying curious is the most important thing people can do!

I like taking pictures of plants, animals, water and sky, then use them to create fun works of art using glass, wood or paint!

2 Materials Needed

container of salt, shampoo or dish soap, watercolour paper, paintbrush, masking tape, water, 2 c. flour, 2 c. hot water, vegetable oil, cream of tartar, food colouring, containers, spoon, popsicle sticks, 2 zip top plastic bags, goggles

3 Learning Focus

  • Communicating
  • Creative thinking
  • Critical & reflective thinking

4 Registration

You’re selecting a Realtime Single A one-time Livestreamed Activity led by a qualified Guide.

5 Best Suited For:

Stick figures of varying sizes waving

My age is between 8 - 12

Yellow and blue gear

All experience levels are welcome.

Child and mother stick figure standing

My parents need to be around.

We advise a grown-up is close by to supervise with the materials and tools for safe use. Use safety gear, such as safety goggles, gloves, and wear an old shirt for STEM/STEAM Activities

An open book

All reading levels are welcome.