Tie Dyed Shirts
Do this project with your kids at the beginning of the summer and you will see them wear
it all summer long – their own summer uniform. Other articles of clothing can be tie
dyed too cotton shorts and jeans can be done instead or at the same time.
Materials you will need for this activity are clothing to be tie dyed, fabric dye (available
in most grocery stores in the fabric care aisle), rubber bands, gloves, and marbles
(optional). You can use various colors of dye, but for younger children it is easiest to use
a one-color version as per the instructions below.
With the rubber bands, roll up the shirt and place the rubber bands around the shirt in
various locations. Make sure that they are nice and tight – this is where the contrast will
come in as the dye will not touch the shirt where the rubber bands are. For different
effects, place marbles inside the shirt and then twist a rubber band around the marble.
The next step is to prepare the dye according to the packages instructions. Once that is
complete, an adult should put on the gloves and submerse the shirt (or other garment) in
the dye for the specified time. If you want brighter or deeper colors you can leave it in
longer. Most dyes will recommend rinsing at this point, when the excess dye is removed
let the child remove the rubber bands and marbles.
If you want to try multiple colors, start with the lightest color and progress to the darkest.
After each dunk into a different color dye add more rubber bands to the shirt.
They should be thrilled with the results and no two shirts will look the same. The shirt
will last the summer and beyond. Make one for yourself too; the kids will love your
matching summer uniforms.
The Climate of the Philippines is either tropical rainforest, tropical savanna or tropical monsoon, or humid subtropical (in higher-altitude areas) characterized by relatively high temperature, oppressive humidity and plenty of rainfall. There are two seasons in the country, the wet season and the dry season, based upon the amount of rainfall. This is dependent as well on your location in the country as some areas experience rain all throughout the year.
Based on temperature, the seven warmest months of the year are:
- from March to October; the winter monsoon brings cooler air
- from November to February
- May is the warmest month
- January, the coolest
There are four recognized climate types in the Philippines, and they are based on the distribution of rainfall (See the Philippine Climate Map). They are described as follows:
Type I. Two pronounced season: dry from November to April and wet during the rest of the year.
Type II. No dry season with a pronounced rainfall from November to January.
Type III. Seasons are not very pronounced, relatively dry from November to April, and wet during the rest of the year.
Type IV. Rainfall is more or less evenly distributed throughout the year.
Relative humidity is high in the Philippines. A high amount of moisture or vapor in the air makes hot temperatures feel hotter. This quantity of moisture is due to different factors - the extraordinary evaporation from the seas that surrounds the country on all sides, to the different prevailing winds in the different seasons of the year, and finally, to the abundant rains so common in a tropical country. The first may be considered as general causes of the great humidity, which is generally observed in all the islands throughout the year. The last two may influence the different degree of humidity for the different months of the year and for the different regions of the Archipelago.