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Did you make Shrinky Dinks as a kid? I did and always loved this fun activity.
I recently made nearly free Shrinky Dinks with a few small groups of students at school and the kids loved the activity.
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How to Make Shrinky Dinks
Check your recycle bin and desk drawer, you may have already have what you need to make this fun craft.
Cut in half, this cookie container provides a drawing space for two students.
After the container is cut in half, the kids cut off the rough edges to make a flat square for drawing.
We’ve been studying the cell cycle, so they drew and labeled the stages.
Their teacher, who has been feeling quite craft deprived for the last few months, cut a small square of #6 plastic to fit over this witch stamp and traced and colored it with Sharpies.
I did this activity with a group of seven students. It was a remediation group and a super fun way for this group of kids who didn’t quite “get” the cell cycle when it was first taught to understand the concept.
Bake the Art – I took their completed art home to bake in the oven.
Here you can see our plastic before it shrinks in the oven.
Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
Bake the Shrinky Dink on an old baking sheet that you only use for crafts, or bake on a sheet of aluminum foil.
Look at the size difference in how they shrink in only 1 – 2 minutes!
It’s fun to leave the oven light on so you can see the shrinking in action.
While they were still warm, I flattened each with a metal spatula.
Here they are on the same sheet of poster board so that you can see the size difference.
Drill a Hole in Each – Mr. SP drilled a hole in each Shrinky Dink so that it could be hung by a string or worn as a necklace.
To avoid this step, use a hole punch to punch the hole before baking.
The next day, the students in my small groups made necklaces from their cell cycle art with plastic jewelry making string that I picked up at the craft store.
I also made necklaces with the two Shrinky Dinks that I made.
I use both of these stamps in student agendas and to decorate papers with good grades. My students liked seeing the same stamp in necklace form.
This idea would be a fun way to make Christmas ornaments. A Shrinky Dink could be made using a child’s original artwork or by tracing a stamp like I did.
I’m pretty sure that my students are going to want to keep making these. They were definitely a hit!
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