How to Dye Salt For Sensory Play

What Do Children Learn From Dyed Salt?

Mark Making as they use tools or their fingers to move the salt around the tray, noticing what marks they have left behind.

Fine & Gross Motor Skills as they hold tools to support them to make marks or to fill and empty containers.

Communication and Language as you explore the tray together and talk about the different marks that have been made.


Use Before
6 Months

10 + Drying Time

Air-tight Container

Mess Scale

3 Years +


Can Prep
Night Before

How To Dyed Salt For Sensory Play

Just Grab

  • 2 cups or 225g of table salt
  • Food colouring
  • Zip-lock bag
  • Baking tray


  1. Pour the salt into a large zip-lock bag.
  2. Add five or so drops of food colouring into the zip-lock bag.
  3. Seal shut, removing as much air as possible as you seal.
  4. Use your hands on the outside of the bag to rub and shake the salt until the colour has combined evenly with the salt; add more food colouring if needed.
  5. Pour the salt out onto a baking tray in one even flat layer and leave to dry.
Note: I have found that black food colouring doesn’t work well with this. The salt just turned a green colour! Maybe it was the colouring I used, but it’s just something to note if you want to dye the salt black.

What Is The Best Way To Clean Up Dyed Salt?

Cleaning Up Your Child

Remove any dirty clothes and pop them into the wash, then wash your child’s hands with warm soapy water.

Cleaning Up A Small & Large Tray

Scoop any leftover salt into an air-tight container, then wipe over the tray with an anti-bac wipe.

Cleaning The Surrounding Area

Sweep up any excess salt and throw it into the bin. Wipe over the surrounding area with an anti-bac wipe.

Dyed Salt Sensory Play Ideas

Dyed Salt Activity

Dyed Salt Activity

Dyed Salt Activity

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