I often take workshops out with my studio. This week I was in Elgin and I taught shrinkydink rings. It was so much fun. The children were amazed watching the plastic wrinkle and contort. Then when it was tiny they were delighted.
Here is one I made
There is a great tutorial at planetjune . I find placing the pre-shrunk ring on a strip of tin foil to shrink, then using it to roll up the ring around the rod speeds up the process and makes it easy.
I took a tiny oven (which was amazing). I carried it in my trusty ikea granny trolly on the bus and set it up ‘on location’. Again the kids were tickled pink. It has a glass door and so when on a table it is child eye height. The delighted in watching their master pieces shrink.
One child said ‘ we made an actual wearable ring’ I though it was brilliant to show them they had the ability to create usable ‘real’ items.
This is a great activity for kids. The plastic is very cheap and you can use normal pencils and stamps. I used Karisma coloured pencils as they are so pigment rich. I wouldn’t expect any pupil to work with materials I am not happy to use and it is the same for the children I teach.
Why don’t you have a go………..its frivolous fun.