Another relatively cheap and easy way to keep the kids occupied these school holidays, Crayola Fabric Markers. The markers were less than $9 for a pack of 10, and I got plain tshirts for $3. You can’t go wrong with that!
The girls were THRILLED to be allowed to draw on clothes! They got going right away. It did take them a little practice to get used to the fabric moving as the marker dragged on it, but soon had the hang of holding the fabric taut as they drew.
Even Mr 12 was keen to have a go. It’s always a bonus to find an activity to keep all three of them occupied.
Miss 6 created a floral masterpiece.
Miss 3 doesn’t draw much yet, but happily drew ‘colourful rain’ all over the front
and a rainbow on the back. She struggled a bit with drawing thicker lines, things were a bit patchy, so I helped her by going over the rainbow again.
You can use an iron or clothes dryer to ‘set’ the ink. I had planned on ironing, but it takes 4 minutes each, and all three kids did both sides, Miss 6 did two shirts, and the idea of 32 minutes standing at the iron didn’t appeal. I put them all in the dryer for 30 minutes instead. The instructions say not to have anything else in the dryer, I guess this meant I should have done them one at a time, but I wasn’t too worried since they were all cheap shirts and they all came out looking great.
I also picked up a pack of brighter markers designed to use on dark coloured fabrics, after the success on light colours, I’m keen to see how well they work as well. I thought next time we might try hats or some canvas shoes.
Have you used fabric markers before?