|Thank Photo Gifts and Ideas|
2 1/2 teaspoons of Arm and Hammer Washing Soda
1/2 teaspoon of liquid fabric softener
1 cup of very hot water
Muslin cotton fabric (you will use approximately 8 1/2” x 11” [rectangle shapes] per child)
Freezer Paper (you will use approximately 8 1/2” x 11” [rectangle shapes] per child)
Medium size mixing bowl
Software: Adobe Photo Shop Elements (if your not looking to spend your moolah on Photoshop, just yet)
Computer and Ink Jet printer (A laser printer is a no-no for this project. I'll explain why later.)
Iron and Ironing Board
Kids Markers (optional)
Sewing Machine or needles and thread (optional)
Drying rack with clothes pins
Bag of beans or rice
Okay, it seems like a big supply list but it isn't really, much of what we had was already on hand. Depending on how much child involvement you encourage depends on the difference between a day or two of completion. I like involving the children as much as possible, so I purchased extra muslin and put them to work on it first. I have twelve kids that don't like to miss a day of school, so nothing ever goes to waste.
Get Fabric and Paper Ready: Pre-cut 5"X5" piece of muslin and 8 1/2” x 11” Muslin and Freezer Paper (The trick is to cut them while they are placed one on top of the other) use a paperclip or staple to fasten your clipped muslin a freezer paper together so they don't get mixed up.
Snap a Picture: Give the children a 5"X5" piece of muslin to color with markers on. This will be the backing to their bean bag. While they are doing that snap a picture with my digital camera.
Try Setting up the Process in Learning Centers: We set up a 'Mixing Table" for the children with a parent volunteer. Mix the alum, washing soda and hot water in a mixing bowl and make a solution. Do this over and over with the children because the fabric will need to soak up the solution you're making. Besides, the children love to watch the science of it fizzing up.
Once the fabric is dry, take out the freezer paper, iron and ironing board. Depending on the age of the children you can iron it with them. We put freezer paper shiny side up and iron the treated fabric to it until it is cleaved nicely. These are all 8 1/2” x 11” rectangles, so they will run through or printer properly. We trim any excess paper of fabric after we are done ironing.
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