Last Updated on June 17, 2017 by Marie Bautista
Help your child do his own tie-dyed shirt!
When our pre-school child engages in arts and crafts (even before we force on them how to read and write), we are stimulating his creativity and imagination and at the same time developing his tactile skills and fine motor development
A child who uses his hands to make beautiful colorful strokes and shades of colors will learn to communicate, through his art creation his mood and feelings.
Before Adrian went to nursery school in 2010, instead of enrolling him in a summer class where kids do activities like learning how to read and write and do numbers, I put him in an arts and crafts program at Bridges Tutorial Learning Center where the children do crafts while listening to nursery rhymes.
Here is how he made a tie-dyed shirt:
Materials:Dye (red, blue, purple, yellow
White Plain Cotton T-Sirt
Hot Water (with adult supervision)
Step 1: Roll the shirt lengthwise.
Step 2: Wrap the rubber bands carefully around the rolled shirt. You can make six or seven segments.
Step 3: Mix the dye with the hot water. You can put the mixed colors in a plastic egg carton.
Prepare your workspace by lining the table with plastic or cut garbage bags. Make sure your child has his plastic gloves and apron on!
Step 4: Let the fun begin!
Scoop the dye using a spoon and put them on the shirt.
Let your child channel his creativity. Don’t be bothered if the dye crosses the lines and mixes with other colors. This will make the shirt more interesting !
Step 5: Let the dye set overnight.
Step 6: Rinse the shirt until the water runs clear. Hang the shirt to dry.
Hmm, now that I read your post, I want my students to do this on one of my the classes. I'm just thinking what topic will it go with. Haha.
Pam G says
What a cool activity! A bit messy, but the result is amazing. I'll keep this in mind as a nice summer or weekend activity for my kids.
Elizabeth O. says
Love the happy smiles. They had so much fun dying their shirts.
This is really nice activity for kids. I've tried this when I was young but I only use one color.
Dominique Goh says
The Tie dye shirt looks really cool. I have done that with my students too before for art.