Feather tip salt tray writing

We are just beginning to introduce salt trays as a prewriting activity to our students…

Before introducing the salt tray as a name or letter writing activity, I let the children spend time exploring the salt trays or sand trays in different ways such as scooping, pouring, brushing, and moving the salt around in other ways and with other tools…

Some of the children still preferred to hide their names in the salt or play with the salt in other ways besides writing and we will continue to provide opportunities for other types of salt or sand play as we begin to redirect the salt tray writing to just a focus on some type of writing or drawing…

Today, we set out feathers for the children to explore the salt tray writing process…

The children used the stick end of the feather to write in their salt and the feathered end to erase their writing and start all over again…

We often change the writing tool to either go along with something we are exploring or just to keep the writing process interesting…

I thought the children did a terrific job at their first salt tray writing experience!

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By |2012-11-20T06:00:42+00:00November 20th, 2012|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. LaQuetha November 20, 2012 at 6:51 am - Reply

    Where did you get your feathers? We buy feathers from discount school supply but hard to write/paint with not much of a stick?

  2. School Sparks Renee November 20, 2012 at 9:24 am - Reply

    What a great fine motor and sensory activity! I love the way both ends of the feather are used! Have a great Thanksgiving. Renee

  3. Mud Hut Mama November 21, 2012 at 5:37 am - Reply

    I would have never thought to use a feathers with a salt tray – my girls will love this!

  4. Sara November 21, 2012 at 11:43 am - Reply

    Perfect timing – we were doing feathers this week for our “f” and the kids had a great time writing with the feathers. I told them we might try dipping them in ink later this week.
    Thanks for all of you do!

  5. Kathleen March 4, 2013 at 3:47 pm - Reply

    Where did you find your trays?? Just the right edge for the activity.

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