Tie Die T-Shirt…No Die Required

Tie die is a personal favorite and I have seen several different examples and directions for how too on the internet so I took what I found from various searches and modified it just a little bit.
Here’s what you’ll need and the steps we followed:
  • Pre-washed white or light colored t-shirt (cotton takes color great)
  • Rubbing Alcohol (Note: mine was 91%. If your alcohol has a lower percentage it may not work as well)
  • Liquid dropper (we used an old medecine dropper)
  • Small plastic cup(s)… really we only needed one
  • Rubber bands
  • Variety of colored Sharpies (we stuck to color wheel colors, no brown or black)
**** Extra Embellishment: (fabric, scissors, iron on paper, and an iron) – we made a sparkley peace sign to put in the center of the shirt.
Choose a spot to start and put your cup in right side up and secure a rubber band around the cup rim holding the shirt tightly in place.
Pick your colors and create a small design in the center of the stretched circle. We kept our designs to the size of a quarter or half dollar because the alcohol will make the colors spread out a lot.
P.S. remember that complimentary colors will turn brown when they mix

using blue and orange together)

Note: I had a piece of plexiglass that we put inside the shirt while working to prevent color bleeding through to the back side (cardboard would work too)
Using your dropper drip approximately 10 drops of rubbing alcohol in the center of your design and watch the colors spread.
One thing we added: we put a couple more dots and lines of color on the outer edges of the circle and added alcohol drops to them just before removing our rubber band…. then we blew on the area to speed the drying and make the colors mix and bleed together in an irregular circle design
I love the instant results of this project!
The fun of it is that you can do it any way you want! And it’s so easy!

St. Patrick's Day Fun

Today’s crafts  are in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.  It is such a fabulous holiday.  So here are a few ideas to make it even better.  Leprechaun foot prints throughout the house.  What a fun surprise for the kids!

c/o The Pleated Poppy


c/o The Pleated Poppy

Here is a little something the kids can bring into class to share the love of the Irish with all their friends.

BONUS: if you click on the link ,the printable is Free! c/o Rebecca Cooper

Crafts for the New Year

Happy New Year!!  Have you talked to your kids about the significance of making New Year’s resolutions?  Have you made resolutions yourself?  (Have they lasted the first week?)

Here is a simple crafty project from Kaboose that the kids can do to incorporate New Years resolutions, and help remind them of their goals.

What you’ll need:

  • White and light blue construction paper
  • Crayons
  • Black fine tip marker
  • White craft glue or glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Magnet strip
  • Laminating paper (optional)

How to make it:

  1. Cut a sheet of white construction paper in half.
  2. Across the top write “I RESOLVE” with a crayon of your choice.
  3. Use a fine tip black marker to outline your crayon.
  4. Choose your resolution and use the fine tip black marker to write it below the title (i.e. “to keep my room clean”)
  5. Use crayons to draw a colorful picture depicting your resolution below the words.
  6. Trim the white construction paper so that all sides of your artwork are even.
  7. Glue your artwork to a piece of light blue construction paper. Trim the blue paper to create a nice border frame for your art.
  8. If you choose to laminate, do it now, before adding the magnet.
  9. Glue a magnet strip (or use self-stick magnet strip) to the back of your resolution art and hang on the refrigerator.

The Countdown Begins!

The Christmas Countdown Chain–remember making this classic craft as a kid?  Such a simple project for a snowy afternoon and it brings even more fun to the anticipation of Christmas day!  Young children can practice counting the number of chains left each day.

Another good paper craft for a snowy afternoon is this Paper Bag Reindeer from Kaboose.com crafts.  Make one for each of Santa’s reindeer and put on a puppet show!

What you’ll need:

  • Brown paper lunch bag
  • Medium black pom-pom
  • White craft glue
  • Construction paper: black, white and tan/brown
  • 4 jungle bells
  • Scissors
  • Red plastic milk jug lid
  • Glue stick
  • Gold paint pen
  • Pattern

How to make it:

  1. Use white glue to attach the black pom-pom to the flap of the bag. (See photo.)
  2. Cut out the eyes using the pattern as a guide. You will need two brown/tan eyelids, two white eyes, and two black pupils. Assemble the eyes with a glue stick. Use the glue stick to attach the eyes to the front of the bag above the pom-pom nose. (See photo.)
  3. Cut a strip of black paper with width of the paper bag, about one inch wide. Cut a small piece of black paper for the nametag hanger. Glue the small strip to the center of the larger strip so that it is hanging down.
  4. Use gold paint pen to write “Comet” on the red plastic lid. Glue the lid to the bag, overlapping the small black strip (hanger). (See photo.)
  5. Use a generous amount of white craft glue to attach 4 jingle bells to the black strip (collar). (See photo.)
  6. Trace child’s hands onto brown/tan paper and cut out. Use glue stick to attach the hands to the back of the bag as the antlers.


  1. To make this puppet into Rudolph, use a red pom-pom and write “Rudy” on the plastic lid.
  2. Instead of hand print antlers, you can simply cut simple antlers from brown paper.
  3. You can use large wiggle eyes instead of our pattern if you prefer.

Painting in the Rain

If you can sing in the rain, why not paint? A soggy day can transform drawings into Impressionist art.


  • Card stock
  • Washable markers


  1. Draw on card stock with washable markers, then place the papers outdoors in the rain until the colors have run.
  2. Bring the paintings back inside and put them on a flat surface to dry.

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Family Fun

Top Secret!

Science is fun for all ages!  Let your budding sleuth write secret messages for his eyes only.

Invisible Ink

Supplies Neededinvisible_ink

Half of a Lemon




Cotton Swab

White Paper

Light Bulb


#1: Squeeze some lemon juice into a bowl and add a few drops of water. Mix the water and lemon juice

#2: Dip the cotton swap in the juice mixure and write a message on the white paper

#3: When your message dries, hold the white paper up to a light bulb that’s on to reveal the message

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Kids Craft Zone

Bring Back Flubber!

Made popular by the 1997 movie, Flubber is just as fun a decade later.  It’s easy to make, and the kids will have a blast playing with this slimy goo.


What you need: flubber

  • Warm water
  • 3 tsp. Borax (non-toxic/available by laundry detergents)
  • 2 cups of white glue
  • Food coloring

What to do:

  1. In a large container, (such as a pail), combine 1.5 cups warm water, 2 cups white glue and food coloring.
  2. In a second, smaller container, combine 11/3 cups warm water with 3 tsp. Borax.
  3. Mix ingredients in each container thoroughly.
  4. Pour contents of small container into the large container.
  5. Gently lift and turn the mixture until approximately a tablespoon of liquid is left. Flubber will be sticky at first. Let excess liquid drip off. Flubber will then be ready!

Storage and Safety Guidelines:
Store Flubber in an airtight container for about 3 weeks of use. Flubber is non-edible. When you are through with it, discard in a trash container. Do not wash down the drain.

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Science Cafe

Decorate Your Bag For Fall!

Decorate any of your bags, lunch bag, school bag, workout bag, or apple picking bag with this cute apple tree design perfect for Fall!!


– Fabric Bag

– Newspaper

– Paintbrush

– Apple

How to make it:

1. Fold over some newspaper and insert it into the fabric bag, laying it flat so that the paint will not seep through.

2. With a brush, use brown paint to fashion a tree trunk and let dry

3. Then use a horizontally cut apple to make leaves by brushing a thin layer of green fabric paint onto the apple and pressing it around the top of the trunk.

4. Repeat several times (make sure to look for the star in the print). After the green paint dries, cut an apple in half vertically. Pick the side that still has the stem and brush with red fabric paint. Then “hang” juicy apples on the tree.

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