This kit offers all the materials you need to create your own designer t-shirt, lab coat, pants, hats, canvas shoes or whatever you like! It looks like tie dye, but there's no mess! You get to try out the colorful chemistry lesson on eight different colors of sharpie markers (more if you have them) and you get to do it with precision by using the included dropper bottle.
The activity guide even includes detailed instructions and creative ideas for both kids and adults. Your mind will be blown at how creative and fun you can get with just a few Sharpie® Markers and some drops of alcohol. Finally, chemistry makes a fashion statement! Recommended for children ages 6 and up.
Eight pack of Sharpie Markers
- Dropper bottle
- Activity guide
How does it work?
Create a simple design of dots and lines with different colored Sharpie pens directly on your t-shirt or whatever item you choose. Using a special dropper bottle, drip rubbing alcohol carefully on the design and let chemistry do it's work. The colors explode before your eyes!
What does it teach?
Experiment with the chemistry used to create colorful fabrics, while expressing your creative whims! Learn all about colors and what happens when they mix and run through material fibers.
This activity was created by Bob Becker of St. Louis, Missouri.
Sharpie Pen Science
July 18th, 2011
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My Brownies loved this project
Girl Scout Leader - March 4, 2013
My Brownie troop explored movement of molecules and water solubility with this no-mess tie-dye project. Our troop only has an hour to meet, so this was a perfect project that fit well within that time frame. Most shirts were fairly dry by the time they packed up to leave. Some of my 5th grade Junior Girl Scouts were milling about and when they saw what my Brownies were making, they begged to also do the project for their Troop. This really is fun for all ages. I bought the extra set of bottles sold separately on Steve Spangler Science so that we could keep the project moving at a good pace.
Perfect slumber party craft!
Michelle - April 26, 2011
We did our own version of this experiment for my daughter's 8th birthday party. We decorated pillow cases and at the end I used iron on transfers to put each kid's name on their work of art.
Great Girl Scout Project
Teresa - April 13, 2011
I was looking for a fun way for our Girl Scouts to earn a science badge as well as prepare for an upcoming camping trip. Since the girls had to have a bandana, we used white bandana purchased at a local craft store (tip: make sure that the bandana does not have a lot of finishing resin on it-should not feel too "stiff"). It was a huge hit and a great way to talk about science.
Fun! Fun! Fun!
Debbe Clegg - July 8, 2010
I have done this twice with my class and had great results. The kids really loved it. Everyone was successful and each shirt was unique. We had some awesome looking tshirts!
Fun for all ages!
Lisa Littleton - August 19, 2009
I used this kit yesterday with my two year old. Yes, I was nervous at first, but it turned out to be a blast. He loved drawing on the t-shirt and seeing the colors spread and mix together. What a fun tool to teach colors and coloring mixing. Can't wait to use this shirt for field trips. He will stand out in a crowd, that's for sure!
Zarah Englewood - August 7, 2009
Okay, I have to admit, when I opened the package it did not look that impressive. But as soon as I started trying it out and attempting different patterns I got hooked! This kit is so engaging and fun, it had me really wondering what starting patterns would produce what results and then testing it. That is thinking like a scientists that even little kids can do! And my shirt was so beautiful when I was done. I totally recommend this kit to everyone.
Life Saving Experiment
Ann Anderson United States - July 30, 2009
I just wanted to let you know that an experiment I got on tye dying with permanent markers saved my beige carpet. I am a second grade teacher and I just started receiving your emails this year...I was home this past weekend...painting my toenails (after a very loooonng winter) and I accidentally spilled some pink nail polish on my beige carpet!!! I was frantic. I tried some nail polish remover, but I didn't have much of it (and it was already tinted) it was in one of those nail polish removing tubs...and I didn't have much luck. Then I remembered the tie dye experiment with markers. I thought if the rubbing alcohol could dissipate the permanent markers, it might work for the nail polish... and TA DA...it worked!! You can't even tell there was a spill. Thank you so much