With preparing for back to school and all the routines one must re-adhere to once school is back in session, crafts may be the last thing on your mind. However, if your children need something creative to do, simple school related crafts may be just the thing you’re looking for.
If your child is a pre-teen or teenager, hanging out with their friends after school or on the weekend is what they like to do best, so why not give them something creative to do while they’re all together? T-shirts and fabric markers or paints are all you need to get their creative juices flowing and they’ll be guaranteed lots of fun in the process.
As a matter of fact, middle and high schools usually offer our children the opportunity to be a part of various clubs and committees, and what better way to show school spirit than to create matching t-shirts?
Of course, there’s nothing stopping your children from creating a t-shirt of their own for the joy of being creatively unique; and if this is the case, such a project will most certainly keep them entertained for hours. But if the t-shirts’ goal is to bring attention to a particular school club or extracurricular activity, it might be more fun to get all members involved. It could certainly make for a funtastic evening or afternoon.
Should you choose to host such an activity, simply have all the members buy their own t-shirt and a bottle of fabric paint; and make sure to have everyone bring a different color in order to share. Plain white t-shirts (brand new) can be reasonably inexpensive but keep in mind that a gently used t-shirt cost even less if purchased at a local second hand shop.
Another option would be to volunteer to bring all materials needed to one of their regular club meetings at the school or elsewhere; and then offer to oversee the activity. Of course, if you decide to organize this activity at the school, you’ll need to get special permission from the teacher in charge. Should the children in question be old enough to handle such a project without adult supervision; you could still offer to host it at your house and then, stay nearby in case your help is needed.
Possibilities are endless, as long as all the club members agree on a main theme, slogan or words that represent the club or group, anything goes. And once everyone’s t-shirts match on either the front or the back; there’s nothing stopping each kid from individualizing their respective t-shirts on the opposite side by adding small pictures or sayings that will stick out as their very own. In the end, not only will the t-shirts be their own creation and something they are proud to wear; but having done it together will create stories and memories that they will talk about until June.