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Tie dye


Tie dye

What to do with this activity?

Tie dyeing is a method of dyeing cloth that makes unique patterns, and it is easy to do. You get an elastic band or piece of string and tie up some of the cloth, perhaps a T shirt, very tightly. Then dip the cloth in liquid dye. The colour will not get onto the parts of the cloth that are tied tightly, so they will remain the original colour. Depending on how you fold and tie the cloth, different patterns emerge. It's a really nice way to make something that is original.

Have a go at tie dyeing a T shirt - either a white one, or one that has a light colour already. Cotton cloth takes dye much better than synthetic fabrics. You can buy small packets of dye in arts and crafts shops. Follow the instructions, which might involve some measuring of water. You must wear rubber gloves, and it's a good idea to mix the dye outdoors and wear old clothes or a waterproof apron because splashes happen!

Get some inspiration for tie dye patterns and some basic methods on the Parents.com website or this youtube video from Martha Stewart



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    Playing is one of the most effective ways children learn. It builds your child’s concentration and thinking skills as well as building their skills in using numbers, seeing patterns and being able to group things together. Playing games with others helps their social skills and gives them a chance to practice things they have heard and seen.

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