Scented Salt Box for Writing Practice

This year, I've added a "salt box" to our homeschool supplies.  A salt box is simply a place for kids to practice their fine motor skills and writing in a very forgiving environment.  If a child messes up their writing work, they only need to shake the box to erase their mistake.

Dragonfly is very sensory-motivated, so I intend to change our salt box frequently to make it more appealing to her.  For the first few weeks of fall, I created an "apple pie" box, since apple pie is one of her favorite things.

Apple Pie Salt Tray Recipe
- 1/4 cup salt
- brown gel food coloring
- a few drops of water
- 2T cinnamon
- 1tsp nutmeg
- a sprinkle of ginger

1) Put the salt in a bowl.  Put some brown food coloring on a spoon and add a few drops of water.  Mix into the salt.

2) Add the spices and stir well.  Dump into your salt tray and cover until class time.

Other "flavors" of salt boxes
- Christmas tree (evergreen essential oil and green food coloring- write with a stick)
- Winter Delight (plain salt and silver glitter)
- Candy Cane (peppermint essential oil and red food coloring- write with a candy cane)
- Fairy Tray (lavender oil, purple food coloring, and glitter)
- Chocolate (cocoa powder and brown food coloring)
- Orange Zest (orange oil and orange food coloring)
- Gingerbread (here)
- Latte (coffee grounds)
- Lemonade (lemon oil and yellow food coloring)
- Sickness Blend (Eucalyptus and green food coloring)
- Pumpkin Pie (pumpkin pie spice and orange food coloring)
- and basically any other theme you can think up!



  1. Thank you so much for linking up at the Learn & Play Link Up! We have featured this post on our September Shelves post on Christian Montessori Network. Happy to pin!

  2. Thanks. I'm honored. So far, my 4 year old hasn't taken any interest in writing or doodling in the container. Instead, she just wants to run it all through her fingers and rub it on her arms over and over ;-) Definitely sensory-driven!

  3. Is it weird that I, a childless woman, want to make this to play in? Seriously, those scents sound awesome!


  4. You're never too old to play! And a sensory bin (or salt tray) is a relaxing way to unwind.

  5. This is such a great idea! My younger kids would love this! I have to try it out!

  6. Thanks for commenting, Jeremy. Glad you enjoyed the idea.


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