Our daughter just LOVED this project!  (And so did the kids in our summer program!).  Changing the scale of an activity- whether making something teeny tiny or gigantic always seems to draw kids in!  Create a mini house and a small version of yourself out of shrink art to move about your house. 

Materials

  • Drawer organizer
  • Small items to create with (wooden pieces, beads, caps).  Our new favourite place for these types of items is Woodpeckers: https://woodpeckerscrafts.com/
  • Glue
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Patterned paper (you could use origami, re-use a paper chopping bag or sometimes wedding invitation places have off cuts for re-use)
  • Scissors

Deluxe version

  • Hinge set
  • Faux leather strip

Shrink Art Person 

  • Shrink Art
  • Permanent markers OR pencil crayons/ sandpaper
  • Popsicle stick
  • Two button magnets
  • Glue gun/ glue

We always find these items useful too:

SmockCraftTray

Directions

Mini House 

  • If you like, glue patterned paper onto the sections of your home, to serve as wall paper.  You could create the paper yourself, use old artwork or origami, re-used paper bags or off cuts from a wedding invitation place work well.   Alternatively, you could paint or colour each square in as well.
  • Use your imagination and little bits to create items that you might find in your mini home- furniture, appliances, art work etc. Create a little house of your dreams. You can find lots of these wooden items at our new favourite spot to order from- Woodpeckers: https://woodpeckerscrafts.com/

Shrink Art Person

  • Draw yourself on your shrink art.  You could use either permanent markers or scuff the shrink art paper with sandpaper and then use pencil crayons.  We find if you outline your character in black, it really makes you pop!   Carefully cut yourself out and place yourself on a cookie sheet.
  • Follow the product directions with an adult directly supervising as to how to “cook ” the shrink art.
  • Once cooled, glue yourself into the centre of one of your button magnets.
  • On your popsicle stick glue your other button magnet, making sure it is flipped to the side that will attract to the magnet on the bottom of your shrink art!

Deluxe version 

  • Take 2 drawer organizers and attach them together with a hinge  (we just glued ours on).
  • Create a loop to hold it together using a piece of faux leather (from the craft store) and a bead.  (Have an adult make the slit in the leather piece and glue the bead onto the wood).
  • You can create a small carrying handle with your leather strip too.

Purpose

  • Changing scale.
  • Using one’s imagination.
  • Developing one’s fine motor skills, especially handling and manipulating small objects.

Safety Notes

  • We suggest that you use a tray and a smock to protect your clothing and surfaces.
  • Use scissors and a glue gun with care and direct, adult supervision.
  • Cord, yarn etc. can be a strangulation hazard, therefore be sure to use with direct supervision and for its intended purpose.
  • Beads can be a choking hazard, therefore be sure to keep them out of the reach of children ages 0-3 years of age or those that tend to put things into their mouths.
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