Monday, April 22, 2013

Tie-dye Time!

I had such a relaxing weekend with my kids. It was so nice to just hang out, do a little shopping and I really enjoyed the beautiful weather that we had! For that reason, I didn't get around to blogging this weekend or working on TpT creations!!

I want you to see what we did last Friday.
It was such a fun day.
My kids got to tie-dye their own white shirt!
Talk about fun!!The kids have known for weeks that we are getting ready to do this and they were so antsy and so excited to finally get to do it. 

Every year I contact some fellow Air Force members that my husband works with at our local Air Force Base. They are always more than willing to help.  This year was no different! These men and women came and helped our kids on their day off. Hats off to them for really caring about our community's kids!!

Us Kindergarten teachers sent home a note asking parents to send in one white T-shirt for their child and to label the name on the tag of the shirt. I collected and stored the shirts until the morning of the tie-dying event.

On Friday morning I passed all of the shirts out to the each correct child. And then gave the kids a short 5 to 10 minute presentation on how to tie-dye. First started by telling the kids that there was no way they could mess up the shirt. I simply told them the key to tie-dying was rolling the shirt tight and making sure the rubber bands were all tight. (I also had to give a mini lesson on how to wrap the  rubber band by twisting it in your hand. You really don't realize kids don't know how to do this until you give him a rubber band and they don't know what to do with it.)

I then let the kids go to town. They all rolled their shirts and I went around and tightened rubber bands after they thought they were done. Once the whole class was done, I had each student put their shirt in their cubby. It stayed there until I called them out to the bucket to dye their shirt.

Once or military volunteers got there, I lined them up in a straight row. They filled the buckets three fourths full with hot water and we added the dye. Once we stirred it up good the kids were ready to start. Take a look at some of the kids dying their shirts!
 Here, she is cutting the rubber bands off so that the man on the right can rinse out the extra dye in the shirt. After it was rinsed out, we laid the shirts out to dry on big tarps.
 Look at the cool designs!!
The 2nd grade classes also decided to tie-dye too and they picked teal as their color!  Their shirts turned out pretty cool too!!
Do you tie-dye with your kids at school??

5 comments:

  1. Elizabeth, you are so BRAVE for conquering tie-dye with your kinders! I'm willing to do a great many crazy things in my classroom but I'm not sure I could bring myself to try that project. I also LOVE that you have military volunteers in your classroom. My school is located near an air base and I find your photos very inspiring!

    Maria
    Kinder-Craze

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  2. Yes, we do. We are doing it tomorrow with the 5/6 graders helping my 1/2 graders. Wish we could get the great help you got:)

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  3. Oh my goodness!!! How awesome is that... I especially love the first pic of them dying the shirts. What a great experience for your students!

    Brittany
    Lovely Literacy & More

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  4. What kind of dye did you use? I am planning on tie-dying with my Kinders next week and am trying to figure out the easiest dye to use!

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  5. What kind of dye did you use? I am planning on tie-dying with my Kinders next week and am trying to figure out the easiest dye to use!

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