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Shrinky Dinks Provide Summer Fun!

We were blessed by a visit from a local pastor and his wife this past week. They dropped by to deliver a beautiful afghan that she had made and to see our newest addition. πŸ™‚ They were so kind to think of our other four children as well! They gave us a gift bag full of crayons, clay, coloring books and pencils, light up sticks (the kind your bend and it glows!), as well as several other creativity-inducing items. It was a blessing! These things occupied my children for hours! One of the items she gave us is called “Shrinky Dinks”. I had never heard of them, but now that I have, I want to get more!
They are made of a material that will shrink up and harden when heated in an oven! The kids colored them with colored pencils and then we placed them on a cookie sheet and baked them, according to the directions and voila! The finished product is so cute! You can use them for a key chain ornament, or clip anywhere.

I’m hoping I can find these at Hobby Lobby! These made little robots!
Here they are after we baked them. (I Β forgot a “before” photo!) Before they shrank, each part of the robot was nearly touching the one beneath it, so that gives you an idea of their original size.
Here’s Lauren with her creation. πŸ™‚Β 
Here’s Mitchell’s! Sorry I didn’t get a close up! After they cooled, they fastened each part of the robot body to the other with little metal hangers that came in the kit.
If you’re needing a fun and fast craft item to occupy your kids during the hot and humid days of summer, you might try these! πŸ™‚

Valerie

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