After our Candy Cane experiment yesterday afternoon, today we made gifts for our parents - tie dye ornaments.
The supplies were fairly minimal - glass ornaments (mine were purchased from Hobby Lobby when Christmas goodies were 50% off), tempera paint (or acrylic with older friends), ribbon for a hanger, Dixie cups, rubbing alcohol, and table coverings. Before beginning your adventure, make sure to wash out all of your ornaments with rubbing alcohol - this will ensure that the paint spreads easily inside the ornament.
To make the ornaments, I split the class into 3 groups. While I was working with one group of 8, the other two groups were working in centers. When students joined me for ~25 minutes or so, I started by letting them choose 2 colors to use. Then, I modeled how to pour the paint in the ornaments - both the ornament and the paint at an angle. Since you want the paint to travel the side of the ornament, you want to tilt both as your pour. Before the students arrived, I had already removed the metal tops to speed-up the process.
Do you do parent holiday gifts? What are your friends doing this year? I'd love to hear! :)