I loved doing this when I was learning how to read and write! Have the child say the individual letters as they trace them in the salt/cornmeal, and you're addressing all three learning styles: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic.
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Miss Van Maren's Fantastic First Grade: Guided Reading: A little novelty goes a LONG way!