I’d been wanting to try out tie dyeing with my boys for a while when a friend told me about this Steve Spangler science experiment! All you do is make some marks on a t-shirt with permanent markers then drip some isopropyl alcohol right in the middle of it, a drop at a time, till you get the look you want. Easy enough for a four year old and the older kids enjoyed it, too! Check out his website for a video on the exact how-to.

The shirts really turned out cool, too. We found that instead of separating the front from the back of the shirt that we liked the look of keeping both sides together-that way you got a design on the back of the shirt as well!

I’d been worried about the mess with tie-dye, how to clean it up, how to minimize it…uggh….with the sharpie t-shirt dye you should definitely do it on a non porous surface. We did it on a formica table top. Sharpie marks got all over it-and guess what? They came right off with the isopropyl alcohol! Gotta love it!  The alcohol was a bit stinky, though, with 4 kids doing it (mine plus a neighbor friend). I would definitely recommend having good ventilation for this project.

I can’t wait to try out the giant tough to pop bubble recipe!