Looking for the perfect shirt to wear for those pre-deployment pictures? Or something festive to wear at an upcoming Homecoming? Or maybe you’re just looking for a fun, sensory craft to do with the littles on a rainy fall day. One of Operation Little Learner’s favorite crafts, this shirt is the perfect, fun and simple activity to reinforce the Letter F! Interested in finding out about Little Learners and other programs we offer at Armed Services YMCA Hampton Roads? Subscribe to our newsletter so you don't miss a thing!
F is for Flag Supplies:
- Plain White T-shirt
Walmart has WonderNation t-shirts for around $3.50/ea that are really soft
- AC Moore has Gildan t-shirts for less than $3.50/ea and they give a 15% military discount when you show your ID!
- Fabric Paint – Blue and Red
We used Nicole’s Dimensional Fabric Paint (you can’t beat the price plus 15% off)
- Paint Brush and Roller (optional – can just use hands/fingers)
- Paper Plate to hold paint
- Cardboard for inside shirt (cereal boxes or brown paper bags work awesome)
Although it isn’t necessary – washing and drying your shirt ahead of time will help the overall life of the shirt and paint.
- Place your paper bag or cardboard inside the shirt so that the front and back are no longer touching. Lay shirt flat on table. Try to smooth out as many of the wrinkles as you can.
- Use a pencil to draw an x in the upper left corner of the shirt and then lightly sketch seven lines across the shirt.
- Paint blue fabric paint directly onto your child’s hand with a brush or roller.
- Guide their hand to cover the X on the t-shirt. Hold the t-shirt fabric down as you peel your child’s hand off after firmly pressing it into the fabric.
- Using a small paintbrush or fingers (for you brave parents), follow the seven lines you created.
- Hang the shirt to dry. Allow paint to dry completely before washing or wearing. Follow directions on paint bottle for care specifics, but you should be able to wash and dry your shirt normally.
- Enjoy wearing this one-of-a-kind shirt with pride!