Art and Creativity

Art is important for children especially during their early development. Research shows that art activities develop brain capacity in early childhood; in other words, art is good brain food! Art engages children’s senses in open-ended play and develops cognitive, social-emotional and multi-sensory skills. As children progress into elementary school and beyond, art continues to provide opportunities for brain development, mastery, self esteem and creativity.

Friday, April 06, 2007

Shrink Art

Shrink Art Shrink Art, often referred to as "shrinkies," or "shrinky dinks," are wonderful and charming miniature works of art created on shrinkable plastic. The little finished products can be used for jewelry, keychains and small charms.

Shrink ArtThey are very inexpensive to make and are enjoyed by children of all ages who enjoy drawing and working on small scale projects. Lillie and Victoria, both 7 years old here, developed a streetfair business called "Happy Charms" where they sold their original shrink art designs for fun and profit. Download the lesson plan for Shrink Art Charms here.


At 12:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like to make shrink art with my kids at home, too. We use zig-zag scissors for the edges and hole punches that have shapes to them for a neat effect.
Janie, Ft Collins, Colorado mom

At 8:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My sister surprised me last Christmas by pointing out the ShrinkArt ornaments I'd made for her about thirty years ago.

Still treasured. What a simple art form to create such lasting memories.

I really appreciate skills and activities that go beyond the moment.

Sarah Hester

At 9:45 AM, Anonymous Resource Area For Teaching (RAFT) said...

Hands-on indeed is the way to go. Children get engaged more with hands on learning methods and if you combine art with it, that's even better! Resource Area for Teaching (RAFT) is a non-profit organization that transforms teaching through the use of engaging ‘hands-on’ educational activities that inspire the joy and discovery of learning. RAFT has over 200 workshops a year and our upcoming workshop is on shrink Art on February 4th, 2012! Be sure to check out this workshop. For more information go to

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