Do you remember Shrinky Dinks from the '70s and '80s? I loved those things! The fun of coloring them in, and then the MAGIC of watching them curl and shrivel and shrink in the oven (or toaster oven)...once they were done, the magic was too, but ooooo, while it lasted!
I was pretty excited when I found a pack of Shrinky Dink sheets here Down Under. Most people I've talked to have never heard of them. My husband didn't know what they were. I guess it's an American thing. Apparently, it's an American thing that kids still really like! My girl had a blast with them! I randomly drew four easy shapes (a ball, a star, a tree and a cake) and she seems to think that's what the sheets are for now (we've repeated this twice with the same shapes colored differently each time; I have to try to expand her ideas a bit). We're definitely going to do Shrinky Dinks with her friends at her birthday party in a couple of weeks. With that in mind, I thought it might be fun to include them in her invitations.
My girl has some very specific ideas about her birthday party and invitations. Five is a big change from four in this way. At four, all she wanted was balloons and to share cake with her friends. At five, it's all about the party! We limit the group so the number of kids equals the age of the birthday girl, and she's finding it hard to include everyone and keep to the limit. She solves this problem by rotating names each time she lists them, but I'm not sure how that will play out when she actually hands out invitations tomorrow.
Her current favorite books are the Conni series (in German). She seems to be taking Conni's birthday (Conni hat Geburtstag!) as a guidebook. In it, Conni makes her own invitations on folded over colored paper. Check (though there was a bit of woe when the number of invitations Conni wrote exceeded ours...)! I was surprised that she chose orange (normally, everything is pink pink pink), but it does make them quite bright.
Then, Conni's mom wrote inside the invitations. Check, except we also added the extra Shrinky-Dink detail, tracing an image from the Conni book onto the blank Shrinky Dink and filling in the information about our book exchange in lieu of presents. I made a little envelope out of green paper and glued it into the invite.
Although my girl was hugely in favor of this addition, she was out of creative energy after completing the cards and passed the task on to me. The magic is still there! I had so much fun finishing these invitations!
My girl really likes the finished product, too. I knew it was good when she announced she had to have a complete invitation with a Conni Shrinky Dink of her own to keep. Success!