Matching T-Shirts Activity

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Updated on Aug 26, 2013

Kids' budgets tend to be on the small side, but begging Mom to finance an extravagant, store-bought Father's Day gift isn't an ideal solution. A homemade Father's Day gift is a personalized way to say “I love you” that won't break the piggy bank. With a touch of fabric paint, kids can transform plain cotton t-shirts into original matching Dad and kid tops. Dad is sure to appreciate how much time, thought and effort went into creating this clever addition to his wardrobe.

What You Need:

  • Light-colored t-shirt in your child's size
  • Light-colored t-shirt in Dad's size
  • Cardboard
  • Fabric paint or fabric markers
  • Paint brushes or squeeze bottles

What You Do:

  1. Lay the child-sized t-shirt on a flat work surface. Place a piece of cardboard inside the shirt so the fabric paint won't bleed through to the back side.
  2. If your fabric paint doesn't come in squeeze bottles, pour it into empty ones. Another option is to pour the fabric paint into small, shallow containers to use with paint brushes.
  3. On the front of the shirt, ask your child to use the fabric paint to create a picture of herself and her father.
  4. If desired, she can write the names of each person above the drawing, and add other decorations or embellishments.
  5. Set the t-shirt aside to dry.
  6. Lay the adult-sized t-shirt on a flat work surface, place the cardboard inside, and have her create a similar picture on the shirt for Dad. Set aside to dry.
  7. When both shirts are dry, wrap them together and present to Dad with love!

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