Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom

  • bucket
  • water
  • red dirt
  • purple clothing dye
  • white cotton
  • vinegar
  • long wooden stick

Oklahoma Dirt Shirt

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Use a long wooden stick to stir the shirt in the muddy water until the shirt has attained the desired color.
  4. Hang the shirt in the sun to dry.
  5. When the shirt is dry, rinse it in cold water to remove excess mud.
  6. Wash the shirt in cold water in the washing machine. Add vinegar to the wash water.
  7. Dry hot to set the color.
  • salt or sand
  • zip-closing bags
  • food coloring
  • newspaper


Colored sand for sand art

  1. Pour half cup of salt or sand into a zip-closing bag and add several drops of food coloring.
  2. Close the bag tightly, making sure most of the air is out. (You can add more food coloring to get more vibrant colors.)
  3. Use your fingers (on the outside of the bag) to mix the color into the salt.
  4. Pour the salt or sand in a thin layer on a newspaper and let it dry.
  5. Repeat this for each color, giving each its own piece of newspaper.
  6. 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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