This was a fun and easy project. It would be great for all ages. With my group of preschoolers I just had to take care of the tracing, cutting, hole punching, and of course, the shrinking in my toaster oven.
You will need:
- Shrink plastic (I used the original Shrinky Dinks brand, just like my childhood days in the 70's. You will want the Rough and Ready. It has a slightly rough side) I purchased mine at Michael's.
- Black Sharpie markers (fine point) and (extra fine point)
- Colored Pencils
- A hole punch (medium size)
- A playing card (for tracing)
- Parchment paper or a piece of a brown paper bag
- Thin yarn for the necklace
- A toaster oven, or conventional oven
- Oven mitt
- A large flat lid or something similar to flatten piece when it comes out of oven
- Optional - small jump rings. Or just tie a slip knot. (I used jump rings because I am also a jewelry maker and I had them handy)
Let's get started:
Use a sharpie marker to trace around a playing card, on to shrink plastic paper. This image shows the difference in size after the piece has been shrunk.
Cut out, keeping the tracing line visible. (I did the cutting) Instruct children to do a little line drawing on their piece and then color in the spaces with vibrant colored pencils. Have them sign their masterpieces. (or you write their name)
String a piece of colorful yarn through and tie a not. Wear proudly!
For more fun projects for children of all ages, see my Preschool Art Page.