Shrinky Dinks

Shrinky Dinks will take you back to your childhood. Shrinky Dinks were created in the 70’s as a boy scouts project. By the mid 80’s everyone was playing with Shrinky Dinks.

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I recently came across Alex Brand Shrinky Dinks on Amazon. I ordered a box because I remember how much fun they were when I was little.

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I ordered the Pony Jewelry set. Using Amazon Prime, I was able to get free shipping and it arrived in just two days.

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I bought the set for a few reasons. The purpose of my blog is to rediscover the child inside of me. I also bought the Shrinky Dinks because I am always trying to introduce my granddaughter to new things.

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My granddaughter was not with  me, so I grabbed my husband. Amazingly he never did Shrinky Dinks as a kid. Having grown up in the 70’s and 80’s I didn’t know that was possible.

It is important to use the pencils in the set. Crayons, markers, and other greasy or waxy items will not work.

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So simple

  • color rough side of plastic
  • preheat over to 325 degrees, do not use a microwave
  • place on a foil lined cookie sheet colored side up
  • cook for about 3 minutes

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  • they will begin to curl
  • watch them shrink
  • once they are flat again, leave them in the oven for 30 more seconds

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When you remove them from the oven, you will need to make sure they are flat as they cool. It only takes about 15 seconds.

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We decided to use the earring hooks

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10 Minutes from start to finish.

Honestly, I am impressed. I am sure my coloring skills have greatly improved, however I don’t remember them ever looking this good back in the 80’s.

In more recent history, Shrinky Dink plastic has also been used in stem-cell research.

 

What are your favorite memories of Shrinky Dinks?

 

dedicated to the 7 year old in all of us

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