I have seen salt boxes in several other places around the blogosphere, and I have been wanting to put one together for QBoy and XGirl. I finally got around to creating our own salt box one recent evening and we have been using it as a tool for learning shapes, colors, letters, and numbers. Our salt box was so simple to create, and I’ve really enjoyed watching my kids engage with all the discoveries inside.
I started by creating several pages designed to target skills such as shapes and colors for XGirl and numbers for QBoy.
Then I placed one page at the bottom of the salt box, and covered it with enough salt so that the images were no longer visible.
When it was time to play, I handed XGirl a paintbrush and encouraged her to sweep the salt to see what she could find. As she came across a shape, she and I talked about each one.
When we adopted XGirl a few months before her third birthday, she was so far behind in so many skills. In the months she has been with our family, she has learned so much, although she still has more catching up to do. Nonetheless, when she was able to successfully identify the triangle, circle, star, and heart, I was one proud mama jumping with joy!
QBoy looked on as XGirl worked with the salt box, anxious to get his turn.
So after XGirl had found all the shapes on her turn, I switched out the page at the bottom to have QBoy work on identifying the numbers 1 through 5.
It turned out to be a breeze for him, so next time we play with the salt box I’ll be using the page with numbers 1-10 on it instead. 🙂
Do you have other creative ideas for using a salt box for learning? If so, leave a note in the comments!