Tie-Dyed Tot Tees

Duration: any

Age: child, parent

Skill for Bub: Just for fun


Wearable art that you and your child design together.

For a creative way to teach children about colours, nothing beats the magic of making tie-dye tee-shirts. Let your child help you make several twists onto a plain white tee shirt.

  1. Have her hand you rubber bands as you twist and secure different sections of the shirt.
  2. Prepare yellow, red, and blue colors of fabric dye, according to the package directions. Be sure to use rubber gloves to protect your hands.
  3. When dyeing, start with the lightest shade and end with the darkest. Dip the entire t-shirt into the yellow fabric dye. Allow it to soak for several minutes.
  4. Dip ¾ of the shirt in red and allow it to soak for several minutes.
  5. As you dip each color, explains what will happen to the colors when they are mixed together. (Yellow and red will make orange, etc.)
  6. Then, dip ½ of the shirt in the blue dye and allow it to soak for several minutes. Run the shirt under cold water until the water runs clear. Carefully remove the rubberbands.

Your child will no doubt love wearing a t-shirt that you designed together

Family Focus: This is a great activity for family reunions or just a quiet weekend with just your immediate family. Consider tie-dyeing nightshirts for each member of your family; your toddler will love to see her creations on everyone else!