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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Shrinky Dink Directives

Shrinky Dink Directives
An Art Therapy Directive

Media Exploration & Intervention Plan


            Part I: 
                        Shrinky Dinks sheets
                        Scissors or some other cutting device

                        Metal Tray to place Shrinky Dinks after cutting
                        Conventional Oven

            Part II:  (Coloring/Decorating the shrunken items)

                        Permanent Markers
                        Any paint, etc, that is not water based (acrylics, etc)
                        Colored Pencils
                        Sequence, Feathers, and other decorative items
Yarn or String to hang or decorate


            Nearly any population             Families                       Physically Ill
            Children                                  Individuals                   Younger populations
            Adolescents                            Trauma and abuse
Number of Sessions:   Can be done in 1 session, or two.
            Part I:  Cut out the objects or symbols you would like from the Shrinky Dink Sheets.  Make designs on the Shrinky Dink Paper with colored Pencils. Place in oven and follow instructions for cooking time.  Take out and let cool off.

            Part II:  After shrunken objects have cooled, decorate as you wish!

Making objects with Shrinky Dinks can be useful in communicating how problems can shrink, or get smaller.  They can also be used for self-symbols and/or how they are feeling for that day/time.

Suggestions for Directives:

1)  Ask the client to create a personal symbol.
2)  Have the client create an image that symbolizes an issue he/she would like to "shrink".
3)  Make some images that would look good on earrings or other jewelry, to increase self-esteem.


   1.  Person(s) will learn to follow instructions to make the Shrinky Dink objects, cooking them correctly for final product.
   2.  Person(s) will learn to use Shrinky Dink to create their own visual representations of problems getting smaller, more manageable.  Conversations for techniques to use can be discussed.
   3.  Person(s) will also make their own “self-images” that can represent how they would like the world to see him/her.  This object will be seen as representation of their own ability to portray positive/healthy ways to interact with people.

            Part I: 

1) Have a conversation about what self-image is and what they feel their
self-image might be.

 2) You may ask the client(s) to write down a few ideas he/she has for what his/her self-image could be.

  3) Have him/her, or take a few moments to think of the self-image that best resonates with him/her.  You can also suggest that he/she allow the image to unfold without trying to plan it out ahead of time.

  4) Have the client(s) make the self-image (and/or feeling symbol or symbol for his/her problem(s)) by introducing the Shrinky Dink sheets and asking him/her to follow the instructions and ask for help when/if needed.

Part II:

- Next, once the Shrinky Dinks have cooled, introduce the decorative materials and have him/her use whatever materials he/she would like to finish making his/her self-image/feeling symbol/problem symbol.

Expressive Outcome Possibilities:

            1)  Person(s) will be able to be creative and expressive.

            2)  Person(s) will be able to explore and experience different art media.

            3)  Person(s) will be able to become more aware of themselves/their feelings/emotions.

            4)  Person(s) will be able to become aware of and then explore their wants and needs.

Adaptation(s) to be used with Different Populations:

            1)  With young children, you will have to be in charge of the cooking and cooling process of the Shrinky Dink materials.

            2)  For those populations with cerebral palsy (or any other muscle retardation disease) you may consider having a partner who can act as their hands.

            3)  You can make the issues as big or small determinate on what the client is prepared to share and/or deal with.
Group Processing Questions:
            1)  What is a “self-image”?

            2)  What is a problem you might like to see shrunk?

            3)  Can you think of an image that might communicate how you are feeling today?

            4)  How could you “shrink” down one of your problems today?

            5)  Do you like your self-image or would you want to change it?

            6)  What would you change your self-image to, if you could change it?

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