Dream T-Shirts

Dream T-Shirts lesson plan

Where would you like to go? Who would you like to meet? What are your goals? Design your dreams on a T-shirt!

  • 1.

    Discuss with your classmates where you traveled or would like to go-perhaps to the moon or snorkeling under the ocean. Who do you admire that you would like to meet? Choose something important to you to illustrate on your T-shirt.

  • 2.

    On a large piece of paper, outline a T-shirt with Crayola® Colored Pencils. Use Crayola Scissors to cut it out. If you like, make two shirts so you can design both the front and back.

  • 3.

    On your T-shirt, sketch a scene from your vacation, a place you would like to visit, person you would like to meet, or other dream.

  • 4.

    With Crayola Washable Markers, color your designs. Print the name of your destination or person, or write a motto to fit your dream.

  • 5.

    Tell your classmates about your T-shirt design. What does it illustrate? Why did you choose this place, person, or goal for your T-shirt?

  • 6.

    To display, hang your shirts like laundry on a long string.


  • Students identify places they have been or would like to travel to, people they would like to meet, or other dreams that are important to them.
  • Children design T-shirts to illustrate their dreams.
  • Students use their T-shirts to make oral presentations about themselves and their goals.


  • At the beginning of a new school year, or any time with a group of new students, these T-shirts help classmates get to know each other better. Children could focus on what books they read during the summer, travel adventures, or their favorite leisure act
  • Special needs students might illustrate a skill they are working toward, and could work with a partner if necessary.
  • Students design T-shirts for their friends, reflecting what they know about each other. Or they could design T-shirts showing their career plans, a shirt for a famous person, or as a greeting for a family holiday.
  • Create real T-shirts with Crayola Markers or Fabric Crayons.