Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
Get social with me

facebook grandmasbriefstwitter iconpinterest iconinstagramyoutube grandmasbriefsgoogle+ grandmasbriefsnewsletter updates

Welcome!

Thank you for visiting Grandma's Briefs, where I write on the good, bad, humorous and heartwarming of being a baby boomer, grandparent, parent to adult children, wife and writer. Peruse the place, leave a comment or two, and feel free to email me any time at Lisa@GrandmasBriefs.com.

Meet the family

 grandma and grandpa
Lisa (me) and Jim (aka PawDad)

blended family
Brianna (oldest daughter) and hubby Patrick with his son James 

 grandsons and parents
Megan (middle daughter) with hubby Preston and Declan, Camden, and Brayden
 

youngest and her fiance
Andrea (youngest daughter) and hubby Matt

Search Grandma's Briefs

 

Visit the Back Room

Go to Grandma's Back Room for reviews, giveaways, sponsored posts and more!


Follow me on Instagram

Read more from Lisa on...

 

What I'm reading

 best website for grandparents award

The Gazette Best Blog

About.com best grandparent site

Peruse the archives
Share your thoughts
This form does not yet contain any fields.
    Privacy policy

    I do not share personal information with third parties nor do I store information I collect about your visit to Grandma's Briefs for use other than to analyze content performance through the use of cookies, which you can turn off at any time by modifying your Internet browser's settings. I am not responsible for the republishing of the content found on this blog on other Web sites or media without my permission. This privacy policy is subject to change without notice.

     

     
    Grandma's Briefs, Grilled Grandma and all content unless otherwise noted Copyright © 2009-2017, Lisa Carpenter. All rights reserved.
    Protected by Copyscape Duplicate Content Detection Tool

    « Saturday movie brief: Recent stinkers to avoid | Main | Easter peeps »
    Friday
    Apr212017

    Friday flashback: Tie-dye for tots... and older kids, too

    I've been publishing Grandma's Briefs for eight years. Which means I have an archive jam-packed with activities and other grandparenting goodies I posted long ago that deserve to be shared again for those grandmothers and others who may have missed them the first time around.

    The following is one of my favorite — most simple and most colorful — crafts I've done with my grandsons. Which is why I've chosen it for my first Friday flashback feature.

    Enjoy!

    TIE-DYE FOR TOTS... AND OLDER KIDS, TOO
    Originally published April 23, 2013

    My youngest grandson, Mac, doesn't have the penchant for craft-making that his older brother does. Bubby's attention span can handle a craft that has, say, six or eight steps, knowing there's a grand payoff at the end. Mac, on the other hand — because he's younger and always on the go, go, go — can handle a craft with one quarter that number of steps, and instant payoff of some sort is key.

    Needless to say (but I'll say it anyway), finding a craft that pleases both can be a challenge. This one, though — a tie-dye project of sorts — was a success. Mac created one or two and was done; Bubby made one after another until the food coloring bottles were nearly empty. Yes, success!

    tie-dye-craft-for-kids

    What you need:

    • Coffee filters

    • Food coloring

    • Clothes pins (or large metal binder clips or large paper clips)

    • Paper plates or newspaper — or both — for protecting the crafting surface

    craft-supplies 

    What you do:

    This craft can be done indoors, but I chose to do it outside to take advantage of the desert weather. Warning: Don't do this outside if there's even the slightest breeze.

    crafts-for-boys

    Flatten out a few coffee filters per child. Then fold in half and half again and half again, to create a long triangle or sorts. For each child, attach a clothespin to a folded coffee filter, to not only hold the coffee filter closed, but to create a handle for the child to hold the filter without ending up with technicolor hands.

    childs-hands

    Holding the filter over the paper plate or covered surface, have child carefully squeeze drips of color onto the filter, covering both sides of filter as desired.

    kid-craft

    Once the child has added all the color he'd like, an adult (again, to prevent colored hands on the child, at least to some degree) should carefully remove the filter and open it up, placing it to dry on the paper plate while a new filter is added to the clothes pin and a new creation started.

    child-craft

    Allow the filters to dry completely, then display as desired. Bubby and Mac chose to hang all theirs on their family room window, which created a bit of a stained-glass effect they were quite proud of.

    finished-artwork

    A fast, cheap and easy craft for kiddos with short or long attention spans — and for grandmas and others who claim they're not crafty (you know who you are!).

    coffee-filter-craft

    PrintView Printer Friendly Version

    EmailEmail Article to Friend

    Reader Comments (1)

    What lucky kids who craft at an early age! So many skills are nourished! And lucky parents who have grandma to take on the mess of a great project like this! Pinned!

    April 22, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJoyce
    Comments for this entry have been disabled. Additional comments may not be added to this entry at this time.