I came across a really cute Shrinky Dinks jewelry making set when I was searching Amazon for “Kids Craft Kits”. I was looking for some fun projects my toddler could do when her big sister was babysitting her. Something they could do together. A lot of times our “projects” are from Pinterest and we use things we already have at home. But, I was looking for a shortcut, something easy, and not too expensive. This seemed perfect! I remembered doing Shrinky Dinks when I was a kid, and having so much fun with them. I loved how they shrunk up and got thicker in the oven. Even the colors were more vibrant after they baked.
For Kids of all Ages
Since my daughter is only 4-years-old, this was a project we all three ended up working on. My oldest ended up babysitting another child that day, along with her sister, so they did not work on the project that day. My youngest was so excited about the project that we ended up working on it when I got home from work.
A Big Project to Keep Your Little One Busy
This was a pretty big project, and we started with half of the Shrinky Dinks. You could easily divide this into 3-4 separate projects depending on how many kids are working on it and their ages. My youngest enjoyed coloring each piece with the sharp bright pencils that came with the kit. Have a sharpener on had to sharpen up the pencils as they become dull and worn. Both girls loved watching their project shrink in the oven! It was a new and neat experience for both of them.
The next day we made a bracelet for my youngest with our Shrinky Dinks jewelry kit. My oldest is a teen, and this jewelry was a little young for her. She did enjoy sitting and coloring with us the day before. The beads that go with the jewelry are very tiny, the package is a bit misleading. I struggled with putting the beads on the string. My 4-year-old ended up putting most of the beads on herself. Her vision is much better than mine. I think this is a great activity for fine motor skills, concentration, and patience! It took a while, but we finally got her bracelet completed, and she was super proud of it. Showing it to her big sister and Daddy right away. We also made 2 little hair clips.
Lots of Fun
We had so much fun making and using this Shrinky Dinks jewelry kit! I just love projects that are made simple.
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Have you discovered a fun, cheap, and easy craft online?