- red dirt
- purple clothing dye
- white cotton
- long wooden stick
Oklahoma Dirt Shirt
- Fill a bucket half full with water. Add enough red dirt so
the water is gritty and muddy looking. Add a small amount of
purple clothing dye.
- Place a white cotton T-shirt in the bucket. If desired, tie
knots in the shirt or tightly secure random sections with rubber
bands for a tie-dye effect.
- Use a long wooden stick to stir the shirt in the muddy water
until the shirt has attained the desired color.
- Hang the shirt in the sun to dry.
- When the shirt is dry, rinse it in cold water to remove excess
- Wash the shirt in cold water in the washing machine. Add vinegar
to the wash water.
- Dry hot to set the color.
- salt or sand
- zip-closing bags
- food coloring
Colored sand for sand art
- Pour half cup of salt or sand into a zip-closing bag and add several drops of food coloring.
- Close the bag tightly, making sure most of the air is out. (You can add more food coloring to get more vibrant colors.)
- Use your fingers (on the outside of the bag) to mix the color into the salt.
- Pour the salt or sand in a thin layer on a newspaper and let it dry.
- Repeat this for each color, giving each its own piece of newspaper.
- When all colors are dry, pick up the papers one at a time and pour the salt back into the bags to store.
Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom is a program of the Oklahoma Cooperative
Extension Service, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
and the Oklahoma State Department of Education
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