Tulip Clothespin Game Template (click link to download)
Lamination (heat laminator or clear contact paper)
Small – Medium wood clothespins
RIT Liquid Dye
The Spring Clothespin game is a fun, and flexible game that can be adapted to the age group you're working with, skills, and themes. The PDF template that I have included in this tutorial features a tulip, but any character/theme can be substituted.
1. Print off a copy of the Spring Clothespin game template provided.
2. Color, and cut out prior to laminating. (The lamination will have a better seal of the game cards are cut out and then laminated).
3. After the cards are laminated, the cards are ready for play.
Coloring Wood Clothespins:
1. Select the number of wood clothespins that you'd like to color.
I used the smaller wood clothespins for this project tutorial, but it's recommended
to use the larger clothespins when working with young children.
2. Select the color dye that you want to use. RIT dye comes in a dry or liquid coloring in an array of colors. For this tutorial I used the liquid dye and I think it worked better.
3. Put warm water in a plastic or glass container, add the RIT dye to achieve the desired
color that you want.
The longer that you keep the wood clothespins in the water, the darker the color they will be. For large batches of pins, use 2 cups of warm water and ¼ cup liquid dye. I dyed a small batch and so I did not use as much water or dye. For my example, I used Petal Pink RIT dye and it took a few hours for the color to soak in to the desired color. Depending on how dark the dye is, you may not have to leave
the pins in very long before they have reached full color.
4. After the pins have been dyed, pull them out and lay them on paper towels or something absorbant (not fabric because the dye will stain it).
I let my clothespins dry over night to make sure that they were fully dry before I used them.
This spring activity has been linked up to my buddy Cynthia's "Thursdays Take it and Make it Linky Party!!!!" It was such a cool idea for her to put together. Be sure to click on the logo above to visit Cynthia's blog to see other "Take it and Make it" projects and also to show some bloggy love all around! :)
Next week, I will have an Easter project to share! Stay tuned!