The pinwheel Sharpie t-shirts are a great summer science camp project. Take the shirts, markers and rubbing alcohol outside and get creative. Bonus: when you're outside there's less worry about alcohol fumes bothering anyone!
The update: when I was getting ready to do this project with a group of 24 students, I was trying to find some enough of the same type of container to stretch the shirts around, without making a huge investment.
I decided to with with 4" PVC pipe (available from hardware stores), cut into 5 or 6" lengths. You do need a hacksaw to cut the pieces, and the cutting can be a bit messy, so you'll have to determine if this option makes sense for you.
It worked quite well for several reasons:
- The tie-dye designs don't usually go beyond 4", so it was plenty large.
- The smaller size (as compared to a shoe box or dish pan) made it easier for young hands to manipulate and stretch the rubber band around.
- The smaller size was nice for students sitting almost shoulder-to-shoulder at tables.