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Level: Junior
Grades: 3 - 5 | Age: 8-11 yrs | Written by: Kim Swanger
[Kim is a K-3 art teacher from Council Bluffs, Iowa.]

You can use baby wipes to make colorcul tie dye items. A nice, easy and clean introduction to tie dying.

What You Need:
What You Do:
  1. First, you pass out the baby wipes, one per student.
  2. Next give them each about 4 rubber bands.
  3. They will tie the bands very tightly around different sections of the baby wipe. They can roll their baby wipe or fold it different ways before they tie them.
  4. Next, have them put the gloves on because it does get a little messy.
  5. Place the baby wipe on some scratch paper and color between the rubber bands with the different color markers. Make sure they press the markers to the wipe so the ink will go all the way through.
  6. Next, I have the students bring the wipe to me so I can carefully cut the rubber bands off of the baby wipe.
  7. I hand it back to them and let them open it up to see the big surprise. They are so amazed at the patterns the rubber bands have created. They really turn out beautifully.
  8. We gave them time to dry and then we matted and hung them up. It was great fun!

My students had such fun with this lesson they didn't want to stop!

Recommended Books/Products:

Tie Dye! The How-To Book
Learn the secrets of tie dying and create your own beautiful fabrics. Tie dying is an ancient art form developed in the Far East over a thousand years ago. This user-friendly book will show you how to create seven unique and beautiful designs. Clear, simple instructions, including photos of each stage of the tying and dying, will guide you through the process. Full color photos show the stunning results possible. Includes a source listing for permanent, high quality dyes.

My Very Favorite Art Book: I Love to Paint!
Creating with strings, fingers, rollers, straws, and other super techniques: no wonder this entry in Lark's fabulous new art series will have kids saying "I love to paint!"

Painting with Children
Painting with Children contains sections on the "moral effects of color," the experience of colors, preparation, color stories and poems, panting with plant colors, painting the moods and seasons of nature, and much more.

The Science Book of Color
by Neil Ardley
This book explains the principles of color and gives instructions for a variety of simple experiments.

My First Paint Book
by Dawn Sirett
Twenty-two activities, from stenciled boxes to T-shirt designs, are presented along with step-by-step, full-color photographs and clear instructions, in a visual introduction to making and decorating things with paint.

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