I was always in charge of keeping the kids busy at the Tail-Gating Parties. You know, the adults do their thing but the kids tend to get bored. Well, here's one that was such a success that it's often a request for an encore. And even the adults get involved.
What you needInexpensive Packs of White T-Shirts and Sharpies, Square pieces of Card Board, Lots of Kids and a few Adults too
Before the big day, I use some free printable stencils to outline patterns on some plain white inexpensive t-shirts. It’s easy to print patterns of the web and cut out the designs and best of all you can usually alter the size for whatever works best for you.
Oh yeah! I always cover the top of the paper with a clear coating like clear shelf liner or strips of packing tape before cutting out the design. This way you can use the stencil again and again.
When coloring on the t-shirts make sure to place a thick piece of cardboard inside the t-shirt to keep the ink from the Sharpies seeping through to the back of the shirt. In fact, you can put a different design on the back.
As the big day arrives the kids (or whoever) can pick a design they like and color in with the multi colors of Sharpies available.
I like to mix up the designs too – some sports designs, some butterflies or flowers. Something for everyone.
You’ll be amazed at the creativity of the children and how they decorate these t-shirts. Best of all are the smiles of pride on their little faces!
By Penny M. Vedrenne. Check our more of Penny’s projects here.