Here's another great copycat idea I found for our Summer Activity Jar: Homemade Shrinky Dinks from recycled #6 plastic.
The idea came from creativewithkids.com. I must admit we didn't recycle--I asked the deli counter at my grocery store if I could take a few of their plastic to-go boxes -- which happen to be #6 plastic. The advantage is that each child got his or her OWN box to cut up and color as desired. Because at this point in the summer, this Momma will go to great lengths to avoid bickering and arguing. Sigh.
After we'd colored with Sharpies and cut the plastic to the desired shapes, we put the plastic on a sheet of aluminum foil and baked it for three or four minutes in a 350 oven. We all loved watching them curl up and shrink in the oven. I estimate they shrank to about a third of their original size. Or so. The smooth parts of the boxes shrank differently than the textured parts. You can see the favorite end-product shrinkies in the picture above.
Plans for these include a Father's Day gift, a bookmark, art to be displayed on a dresser, and a tag to attach to a backpack. Hint: If you want a hole in the shrinky dink, be sure to punch it before shrinking.
Hope you enjoy this as much as we did!