I have done tie dye (complete with rubber bands) and Batik with kids for
years. I use Procion dyes from Dharma, complete with soda ash... With
some basic classroom management I have never had a fatality! I have done it
with small groups such as Art Camp - to a full summer school session of
1st - 6th graders. The only time I ever had issue was with High School
students, I would never do that again. (and that was more with the wax than
Of course, there were no kids around when the paraffin wax caught fire....
that was really exciting.