Joey and I gave our students classroom made tie dye shirts as their Christmas present this year. The students all had a blast getting to make their shirts and were eager to wear them in the Christmas program this evening. Here is a run down of the process:
1. A couple of weeks ago, my students came in the classroom and were welcomed by this:
I told the students to be sure to be on time that day and that there would be a surprise. I did not tell them what was going on. Imagine their faces when there were 4 mysterious tubs in the room that morning! I’m usually not for surprises, as kids need stability, but sometimes surprises are FUN!
2. All of the students who were there got to choose a design and the colors they wanted. Here is their finished shirts while still in rubber bands. The bottom two show mine and Joey’s star mandala designs:
3. Next, we put each shirt in its own ziplock. After a few days, I started taking the shirts out of the bags a couple at a time to air dry. After 5-6 days I noticed they started smelling funny (lol) so every shirt came out immediately. Our kitchen looked something like this (there were more elsewhere, too):
4. Once they air dried, we washed them so they would not turn the students into little rainbows. Below are some of my favorites:
I think they’re just tie dye for!