Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Remember Shrinky Dinks?

Do you remember Shrinky Dinks? I loved those things back in the 70's. You color this special paper, put them in the over and they shrink up and harden into bright little plastic figures. It was so much fun. Well, when I ran across them at Teacher's Tools I just had to get some for Nicholas to try. Ok, I confess, I really just wanted them for myself but I did pick out the robot/alien Shrinky Dinks with Nicholas in mind!

Nicholas isn't always excited about craft projects but the thought of this project shrinking made it irresistable. He couldn't wait to tear into the package. The package came with about 20 pre-drawn and pre-cut images ready for coloring. Nicholas, Stuart, and I all had fun coloring a few of them.

We put them in a cookie sheet covered with aluminum foil and put them in the oven on a low temperature.



In just a matter of minutes they started to curl up and shrink. It was fun to watch!



When they are almost done they flatten back down. The final product are little miniatures of our original art work. They are hard and the colors are much brighter than when we originally colored them. It's just amazing how these things work. The kit we bought has some key chains, magnets, and stands to give you options on what to do with your shrunken dinks.

1 comment:

  1. Have you seen the Shrinky Dink sheets of paper? I got some for Jessie years ago...it's just blank sheets. She created the neatest artwork , and before we baked them we punched a hole in the top of each piece. After they baked and shrunk she made a necklace & bracelet with the "charms" she had made.

    Neat stuff! I Loved my Smurf shrinky dinks...

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