Since the leaves were falling outside, they became the subject matter for this exploration. It could really be anything you wish students to draw. I had some leave shapes that the kindergarten students could put under their paper and trace if they wanted or just look at and draw from. I would have preferred to have real leaves for them, but that morning it was raining and plans didn't work out.
After leaves were drawn on the paper, a thick line of glue was applied to the lines. Many students needed lots of time for this. It's unfortunate that many Kindergarten teachers shy away from letting students use bottles of glue. Many forbid it in their classrooms opting for glue sticks that don't ever really stick. Some will use the good old bottles of Elmer's but will pour it into a plate or sponge for students. They need that fine-motor practice of squeezing and applying the glue, so I gave them that opportunity whenever I could.
Once the glue lines were covering the lines, the students sprinkled a generous amount of coarse salt onto the glue. I tapped off the extra and placed them on the drying rack for the students.
The following class, I tapped any remaining salt that isn't stuck down off and passed out the papers and supplies to students.
We had a brief discussion about what they think will happen when they put the watery paint on top of the salt. I wrote down some of the answers to document them with the final products. Here are some of what they said:
Theresa Gillespie spent over 20 years teaching Art in the Moline School District in Illinois. She has a BA degree in Art Education and a MEd degree in Education & Technology. She also is a graduate level instructor for The Art of Education