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I am colorful

The following is a new activity that we have never done before. We would like your feedback as well as feedback from the Ways. Please take note of what areas were unclear, not age appropriate, and what the overall impression was towards the activity.


COFFEE FILTER TIE DYE

Supplies: Coffee Filters, Markers (not brown or black), Water, water dropper or squirt bottle

Preparation: Prepare cups of water, and if possible, a squirt bottle or a spoon to sprinkle the water. Have a designated area for them to dry after.


  1. Pass out a coffee filter to each Way.

  2. Instruct the Ways fold their coffee filter in half.

  3. Instruct them to use markers to color only the front half. Patterns will look cool, but they may color it however they like. (Brown and Black markers do not work well for this activity.) Ask them to use colors for different areas of their lives. Green=TCK identity, blue=passport country, yellow=host country, red=family, etc.

  4. Once they are finished coloring, they can sprinkle drops of water on the coffee filter. Careful! If they use too much water, the colors will not be as bright. Let them know they can start with a little and can always add more.

  5. Watch the colors blend and spread! Remind them that they are colorful because of all the colors that make them uniquely them.

  6. Ask them to set it aside on a table to dry overnight.