Christmas Craft Ornaments for Kids on a Half Day – shrinky dinks

Shrinky Dink Mini Ornaments

We had a half day the other day of POD where everyone was done with their work after lunch! What do you do? We work on our fine motor skills and creativity with tracing, coloring and creating a group project. I found a mini tree in the Christmas decorations, some rainbow permanent markers. and a pack of Shrinky Dink paper. I had the students create a list of things that reminded them of Christmas and then send me a coloring image they found online, we printed them out and spent a relaxing time discussing family traditions our favorite things about Christmas and coloring. After we colored them in we cut them out and put them in the oven on parchment paper at 250 so we could watch them shrink. Then we strung them with fishing line because our holes shrunk so much. We did learn that you need to punch your hole if you want to hang them before you shrink the paper because it is impossible to punch a hole unless you use a drill. The size of 1/2 a page for your tracing pages is perfect and the image shrinks to 1/2 that size. It was so fun and festive and when your hands are busy it is easier to share your feelings and ideas. We had great conversation.

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