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This activity is an opportunity for the children to explore their creativity, engage in some colour mixing and see an example of cause, change and effect. Children will love wearing something they have made, too.
What you need
Permanent markers in lots of colours
Iron or tumble dryer
What you do
Put some paper inside the t-shirt to separate the front from the back.
Use the markers to make different sized dots all over the t-shirt.
Drip surgical spirit (adult only) onto the marker dots and watch the colours spread like fireworks.
Repeat until the children are happy with the effect.
Once dry, either iron with a hot iron or tumble-dry to seal the colour (adult only).
The t-shirts are ready to be worn!
What you say
What colours do you want to use?
What pattern do you want to make?
Can you see the colours spreading?
What happens when the colours spread into each other? Do they make new colours?
Always complete a risk assessment before carrying out this activity.
Handle the surgical spirit carefully and don't allow the children to use it themselves.
Ensure children keep their hands away from the hot iron.
Ready for more?
Experiment with different sized dots and varied amounts of surgical spirit to create different effects.