Wednesday, July 18, 2007

A Lesson in Patience - All Tied Up

Want to convince impatient children to wait for something? Do a little tie-dye. First the shirts have to soak for 20 minutes (20 minutes isn't too bad), but then after they are dyed they must sit for 24 hours (while the dye bonds to the cloth).

And you can't see how it turns out for those 24 hours. No peeking or anything.

But the time passed (and we've done this two separate days this week, so we're getting really good at waiting) and the results were fun - though maybe not as colorful as they would have hoped based on what it looked like when still all bundled up.
Harry wants to tie-dye his underwear - I vetoed that idea - but he did do one of the under shirts he sometimes sleeps in.

Pippi wasn't sure about the whole venture (this was more Harry's thing). But besides the sweatshirt above (I think she wasn't sure she wanted to mess with it's lovely whiteness) she also did a large yellow t-shirt that she can sleep in.

They had fun and didn't make too much of a mess, and that's what counts (the fun part, not the mess part - I'm used to messes).
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HipWriterMama said...

Tie dyed shirts are so fun! Love that Harry wanted to tie dye his underwear.

Esther said...

Nice idea. I haven't done that in such a long time.

Joannof10 said...

We are doing this next week, I haven't done it before but the kids have been asking to. I'm glad I know to warn them about the wait.