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Tie-Dye Color Craft

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Tie-Dye Color Mixing

Tie Dying is an excellent way teach colors, especially when it comes to the secondary colors. In this color activity, kids will watch in fascination as the primary colors blend into each other to form new colors! 


Tie-Dye color craft

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  1. Allow children to choose a Dippity-Dye Shape for their color craft. Place on a protected surface.
  2. Have children watch as you prepare the dyes by mixing the colored powder into water (follow package instructions). Prepare only primary colors (red, yellow and blue), asking children to identify which color each bowl of water is.
  3. Using a plastic tea spoon or a medicine dropper, carefully place a few drops of one color dye on the paper, and then a some drops of another color 1-2 inches away. Watch as colors spread and blend together to form a new, secondary color.
  4. Once you have demonstrated the technique to the children, work with several children at a time to make their own tie die color craft.
  5. One great option is to give each child 2 Dippity Dye Shapes, and use each one to make one secondary color: on one shape mix red and yellow to form orange, and on the other, mix yellow and blue to form green. [Because of the chemistry of these dyes, the red and blue do not create an obvious purple, so we left this out.]
  6. Alternatively, children can put all 3 colors onto one Dippity-Dye Shape to create a beautiful rainbow-like effect.
Tips for Teachers:
  • Before you do this color activity, introduce the concept of secondary colors. Make a large color wheel with 6 sections. Fill in red, yellow and blue. (You can turn this into a class activity by giving several children at a time a chance to color part of the sections of the color wheel!)
  • Display the color wheel, and explain to children that the colors that they see are the primary colors. Tell them that when you mix 2 primary colors, they form a secondary color, which we put in between those 2 primary colors on the color wheel. Have them guess which colors are created by mixing each 2 primary colors.
  • Now  demonstrate the actual color mixing: 1-Either, fill bowls with water, add red, yellow or blue Dippity-Dye mix to each bowl, and them mix 2 colors of water together to make a new color. 2- Or, Give children the 3 primary colors of  Dazzlin' Dough and allow them to mix 2 together to independently discover what the secondary colors are.
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Level of Difficulty:
level 3
Estimated Time:
15 Minutes
Build These Skills:
  • Creativity
  • Following Directions
  • Color Identification
  • Differentiating Primary and Secondary Colors
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