Lesson 2: Tie-dyeing materials

Relating the technique to wax resist, children learn how to create patterns on materials using tie-dye, exploring different effects

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To create tie-dyed materials

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


This process should be accessible to all children, although some may need a little help twisting their t-shirt and securing with elastic bands as well as carefully mixing the dyes.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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