Gray goes to school all day, and I work so we don’t have as much time together as I would like. I pick him up at 3:30 and when we get home we have about an hour together that is just the two of us. I try to do something new and fun at least once a week and I will be sharing it here. Sometimes I pick some activities that aren’t necessarily geared towards toddlers (like today) because I think they will be fun and I think he can do them with some support.
Activity: Tie Dye
How we picked it: Gray picked it out at the craft department at Walmart. He said he wanted to make “rainbow shirts”. Here is a similar tie dye kit on Amazon.
Cost: The kit was $18.99, plus we used some shirts (and underwear!) we had around the house
Age of participants: Gray – 2 years, 6 months
Setup: I taped up the old picnic table with trash bags. I rubber-banded the clothes the night before. I filled up a pitcher with water and Gray poured it into the bottles (with assistance).
How long did Gray play with it: 32 minutes!
Was it a success?: Definitely. I couldn’t believe how long he worked on this or how interested he was. I also loved that he put some thought into how he was making things – “pink for mama”. He was also able to work on a lot of “practical life” Montessori skills – carefully carrying, pouring, wiping up messes, rolling up the shirts afterwards, putting lids on and off.
What did we struggle with?: Gray struggled with squeezing the bottle too hard and it got a little messy. BUT, we were outside and the beauty of tie dye is that it can be messy but still be awesome. Also, cutting off the rubber bands and rinsing the dye out in the bathtub took FOREVER. Gray helped me cut once and then ran off to do something else.
Will we do it again?: Maybe. He definitely enjoyed it but a house only needs so many tie dye shirts, ya know? But check out the kiddos in their adorable tie dye:
Here is the funniest part of this whole project: James was very proud of the shirt Gray made for him (all by himself!). He wore it to work the next day and got a lot of compliments. Someone even thought it was a “designer” shirt. I guess Gray may have a future in the fashion industry 🙂