Tie-dye is a lot of fun to create with and can provide fine-motor practice and sensory experiences.
You will need: white t-shirt (or fabric you choose to tie-dye), gloves, tie-dye kit, rubber bands, plastic bags, available water for rinsing, and an old tablecloth or newspapers in case dye is spilled.
1. Using a pre-washed t-shirt (or any fabric you choose to tie-dye) twirl and/or make designs in the shirt. Wrap with rubber bands.
2. Wearing gloves, place drops of the tie-dye colors over the shirt (most tie-dye containers come premixed but be sure to read the instructions on the bottles).
3. Place the shirt in a plastic bag and allow to set for 24 hours.
4. Wearing gloves, rinse the shirt with warm water and then cool water (remove the rubber bands while rinsing). Continue rinsing until the water runs clear.
5. If you are going to wash the shirt in a washing machine, wash it alone with cold water. You may want to run your machine again without any clothes in it to make sure the dye has been rinsed thoroughly.
6. Hang your shirt to dry or dry it on the coolest setting in a dryer.
7. After your little gal or guy wears their new shirt, you may want to wash and dry it separately one more time to make sure the dye is completely rinsed out.
8. Go rock your newest tie-dye creation!
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