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Because we had been making flowers for Mother’s Day last week, there were several children asking if we could make flowers again today.  Instead of repeating the same activity with the handprint flowers, I wanted the children to be able to create a different flower.  I decided to create tie-dye flowers instead.

I got large basket coffee filters.  I find these great for art, so I always keep them stocked in a cupboard.  I also got out 3 paint holders, eye droppers and food colouring.  I covered the table with plastic.  I filled each paint holder half full with water and then added food colouring to the water.  I added several drops of the food colouring to make sure the colours were strong.  I used red, blue and yellow, but you could use any colours you wanted to. 

I then gave each child at the table a large coffee filter and a black marker.  I had them print their name near the edge of the filter.  Once their name was printed, they filled the eyedroppers with coloured water and dropped it slowly on to their filter.  They continued this until the entire coffee filter was full of colours. 

Once the filters are dry, I assisted the children with twisting them in the middle and wrapping a green pipe cleaner around them as the stem.

This activity is fun, and not only does it allow the students to get creative, but they get to learn what colours are made when colours are mixed.

3 Responses to Tie-Dye Flowers

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  • mjudd says:

    I used the cone coffee filters, and they were a bit larger than the basket ones. We have also used thin paper, folded it in half, cut the shape and then had the children paint only half the butterfly. We then got them to fold it again and rub the 2 halves together. That way, when they opened it, both sides were identical. Using the thin paper allows to create larger butterflies. I am glad you are enjoying the site! Thank you for your kind words!

  • Connie Radbourne says:

    I also have caterpillars in my kindergarten classroom. They recently emerged from their chrysalis as painted lady butterflies. I had the class do the tye-dye craft to make butterflies. They turned out beautiful! Just like stained glass. The only thing I would change is that I wish I could have found larger coffee filters. Any suggestions?
    Many thanks for sharing. I love this site!


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