We have been working on so much learning letters, reading, and writing lately. Y has been very interested in learning to both read and write, and I have been very busy presenting as many opportunities as I can for him to learn to do so! As a result, we have been enjoying fun salt trays for practicing penmanship and writing. Today, I am excited to be sharing tons of fun ideas for creating unique salt trays for children!

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10+ salt tray ideas for writing practice

Age: 3+

Why use salt trays: to prepare your child for writing letters, and numbers. Trays like this give children an opportunity to practice writing letters via a tactile experience.

Psst! Alternatively, instead of salt, you can also use corn starch, sugar, corn meal, rice, or small beads as we have done here.

How to use salt trays for writing practice

Salt trays are a fantastic way for children to practice writing before they are ready to actually use a pen and paper. You can use them with Montessori sandpaper letters, or our printables if you do not have them.

Forming the letters in the salt (or sand) will give children a  chance to build confidence in their writing. They can practice forming letters in a way that stimulates the senses. Salt trays are great tools because children can easily ‘erase’ mistakes. They allow an effective way to practice penmanship.

You can also consider offering assorted manipulatives for them to use as a writing tool, such as a paint brush, a cinnamon stick, or whatever it is that you feel will be interesting for your students.


Materials you need to set up writing trays:

  • Sand
  • 2 trays – one large, one smaller
  • Optional – printables and laminator

Montessori inspired Salt Tray Ideas

Panda writing tray

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Bird Seed Sensory Writing
Ocean themed sensory writing tray
Snow writing tray

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Arctic animal sensory writing tray
Valentine’s Day writing tray
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Night Sky Writing Tray
Ice cream writing tray
Fall Writing Tray

Sugar cookie theme
Star wars writing tray
Penguin salt tray

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Rainbow writing tray
Moon dust writing

Useful Materials

These items may be useful to setting up these activities! You can click on the photos for more details!

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