Pre-writing with Rainbow

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Learning Framework?

  • Physical
  • Intellectual
  • Emotional
  • Social

Endorsed by


  • Physical - Fine-motor skills, gripping, hand eye coordination, sequential direction, arm muscles control, wrist control
  • Intellectual - Spatial awareness, cause and effect, pre-writing skills, creativity, pre-academic vocabulary development, articulation and phonological awareness
  • Emotional - Engagement, appreciation, increased social emotional competence, fun
  • Social - Engage in receptive language to invite others to admire their work, share feelings and experiences, engage others

Draw pictures, create patterns and practise writing with this simple homemade Rainbow Salt Tray. It is a great activity for children of all ages.
Skill Level
Suitable for
3-4 years old
Estimated time
15 - 30 mins

What You Will Need

  • A box with a depth of about 2-4 inches (e.g. shoe box lid)
  • Colored papers
  • 100g of cooking salt
  • Sticky tapes
  • Paintbrushes

Step 1


Gather the materials

Step 2


Cut the coloured papers into strips to fit by pacing them according to the colours of the rainbow.

Step 3


Tape the strips of paper together according to the colours of the rainbow and glue it onto the shoebox lid.

Step 4



Cover the lid lightly with salt.

Step 5


To play:
This activity is very open-ended but here are some ideas to try.
Getting children to write letters/numbers/shapes with a paintbrush on the salt.

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Ask the Kids

What is the purpose of salt for our human body?

Did you know?

Using different writing tools provides a different effect. Try it!

If you like, share what your kids answered in the comments below