Tie-Dye Fun


Submitted by: Iris Tompkins

A hands-on way to reinforce color recognition skills!


  • To introduce primary and secondary colors
  • To reinforce fine motor skills
  • To experiment with designs and patterns

Before You Start:
Gather several rubber bands and a canister of baby wipes. Pour red, yellow and blue Liquid Watercolor™ into small paint cups. Have on hand several eye droppers or small paint brushes.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Pass out one baby wipe and 4 rubber bands to each child.

Step 2.
Show the kids how to roll up the baby wipes and tie them with 3 or 4 rubber bands across the length of each baby wipe, tie-dye style.

Step 3.
Have the young ones use eye droppers to deposit color onto the tied-up baby wipes. Encourage them to experiment with different colors.

Step 4.
When the baby wipe is saturated with color, carefully remove the rubber bands and unroll the baby wipes.

Step 5.
Looking at all of the finished projects, discuss how the primary colors mixed together to create secondary colors, and talk about the multi-hued patterns and designs created by tie-dyeing.

Staple each wipe onto a sheet of cardstock or construction paper to use for bulletin board displays.

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