Honey, I Shrunk The Shrinky Dinks!

January 12, 2012 at 16:39 | Posted in ALEX Toys, Indoor Play, Play@Home Mom, Shrinky Dinks | Leave a comment
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Do you remember Shrinky Dinks from when you were a kid? 

I could hardly wait for Lori to be old enough to experience the magic of Shrinky Dinks!

The adorable artwork and pre-cut pieces make the Shrinky Dinks activity kits from ALEX a must have!  The ALEX kits feature over a dozen different themes including ballerinas, jewelry, ponies, pirates, insects, robots and more.  Great fun for boys and girls!  ALEX also has Shrinky Dinks minis that make great party favors.  You can find the entire line of kits here.

Take a look at Lori’s first Shrinky Dinks experience.  We made the Mermaids and Jewelry kits.

There are 10 pre-cut mermaids and underwater friends in the kit.  Lori colored them using the 8 brightly hued pencils that are included.  Next she placed them all on a lined cookie sheet.  I put them in the oven and we watched the shrinky show!!  SO exciting! Just like magic, in less than 3 minutes, the pieces shriveled and shrunk to one third of their original size!  Don’t worry if they look curled up right from the oven.  They will flatten as they cool.  After the pieces cooled down, Lori slid the characters into their stands and had fun playing with them.

I was planning on saving the second kit for another day, but after doing the mermaids she was BEGGING me for more! My little Shrinky Dinks enthusiast was thrilled to find over 40 shapes including butterflies, puppies, flowers and dozens more in the large sized Jewelry Kit. There were also beads, clips, string, earrings and instructions for how to make the projects. She colored, shrunk, beaded and made a charming necklace, bracelet, and a hair clip.  She loved how it all came out!

I think this would also be excellent activity to do with a little someone that is home sick; watching their colored artwork shrink down in the oven is sure to cheer them up!

Why we love this toy:

Works Like Magic! –Who doesn’t love watching Shrinky Dinks shrink?! Such an exciting and fun project!

No Cutting or Tracing Needed – All the shapes in these kits are pre-printed and pre-cut; the holes are pre-punched, too.

Added Value – After coloring and shrinking the shapes, they can be made into jewelry or played with for long lasting fun!

ALEX makes it easy – Watch the instructional video here!

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