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Tie-Dye With The Kids

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This Instructable will show you how to tie-dye, and how to do it with children, so that they have fun, and are proud of their work. 
I have 4 kids, ages 6, 4, 2 and 2. They loved doing this project. 
It kept them busy for a few hours over the course of two days. 

Here are a few pointers in working with the kids. 

1: relax. 
2: make one job into a lot of smaller tasks, to keep them occupied. 
3: don't look for perfection
4: try not to worry about the mess. 
5: the dye eventually washes off the skin. 
6: make sure nobody gets hurt. 
7: make sure everybody has fun. 

 
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Step 1: Gather supplies/ get kids ready.

We used a tie-dye kit. I bought it from amazon. You can also get it at craft stores. I like this kit because it is not expensive, you can make a lot of shirts, you don't need to boil water, the colors are nice and bright.  I've tried using rit dye, and it's not as good. I also like this kit because it comes with squirt bottles, which i like better than dipping into buckets. 

You also need shirts. I got two five packs, one boy's, one men's. You can use old shirts, or get new ones. 100% cotton works best. We also dyed 2 pairs of socks and a pair of undies.  

You also will need:
  • a bucket
  • water
  • zip lock bags
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and some patience. 

Our kit came with a DVD on how to tie-dye. I put this on for the kids while i gathered the supplies. They had fun watching the dvd to get ideas. 


Always a great project for kids. They love the outcome and the mess. I see you particularly like the traditional blue and purple tie dye colors .  Blue and purple combinations are always popular. The Tie Dyed Shop
This reminded me of tie-dye with my son about 10 years ago (which was revisiting my classroom tie-dye adventure in 5th grade). I think blue-green fingers were involved, but it was fun.

I especially like that you reminded people to not worry about the mess and just have fun together. Even working outside, I have several relatives who would freak out at any stains or splatters.
shazni2 years ago
lovely children...requires patience to do this :-)...which comes with motherhood
What a wonderful activity to do with your kids! I would have worried about it being too messy, but I see everything went really well. That's great :)
Thanks. Yeah, our hands got a little stained, but not too bad. The key is to do a lot outside, so stains are no biggie. This squirt bottle method is great too. When you do it by dipping into buckets of dye, so much messier!
sunshiine2 years ago
They look like they had a great time! Thanks for sharing.
Sunshiine
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