Shrinky Dink Pet ID Tags { For Stuffed Animals }

shrinky dinksIs your house filled with stuffed animals? It seems like when we go to bed ours multiply! When I was going through my craft closet I found some Shrinky Dinks sheets and immediately knew what we’d do with it. Shrinky Dinks are one of those crafts that my kids get equally excited about which isn’t always the case with a three and a half year age gap. These DIY Pet ID Tags are fun to make and fun to play with. My daughter loved the pretend play aspect of the craft and my son loved the creative side.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need Shrinky Dinks sheets , cookie sheet, a brown paper bag , hole punch, sharpies or colored pencils, scissors, some hemp cord and of course a couple stuffed animal buddies. shrinky dink pet id tags
  2. Start by reading the directions on your Shrinky Dink package and set your oven to the recommended temperature. shrinky dink craft
  3. Cut the shape of the tag you want. My daughter wanted hearts and my son wanted octagons. shrinky dink tags for stuffed animals
  4. Punch a hole with the hole punch. You need to do this before baking!shrinky dink tag
  5. Using the sharpies design and decorate.shrinky dink tags for kids We started with the pet’s names. My daughter was super creative with her cat’s name. I wrote the names for my daughter and my son wrote his own. I didn’t add them because I didn’t want my phone number online but my son suggested we put them on in case we lose the pets. That could be a great way work on learning phone numbers too! My daughter was eager to watch her’s shrink but my son worked a lot longer on this project than normal. That totally tickled me! I love finding activities that he really gets into.shrinky dink pet id tag for kids
  6. Pop them on the cookie sheet. Time to shrink them! shrinky dink pet tags for stuffed animals craft
  7. Let cool and add the cord. shrinky dink tags for stuffed animals2
  8. Pop them on and play! shrinky dink craftsAfter we added the tags the pets joined us outside for a picnic lunch.shrinky dink animal picnic

Books About Pets

not norman

Not Norman: A Goldfish Story by Kelly Bennet is a story about a little boy and his disappointing pet fish Norman. All great children’s books slip a lesson between the pages and this one is about how our first impressions aren’t always right. Friendships can take a while to grow but once they do they are solid, even with a pet fish named Norman.


I Got Two Dogs: (Book and CD)by John Lithgow will delight you. The book comes with a CD and I urge you to play it, hearing a book by the author is always amazing, but this song was thoroughly entertaining. As a dog lover who fondly remembers my childhood dog eating all the lasagnas at my first boy girl dinner party , I can relate to the naughty but lovable dogs. The message is about devotion and unconditional love and you don’t have to be a dog lover to get that.

Bad Cat

Bad Cat by Tracy-Lee McGuiness-Kelly . Bad Cat lives in the city, the big stinky he calls it. No matter where he goes, trouble seems to follow. Or does it? People are annoyed or upset with Bad Cat until they realize his actions actually had positive outcomes, but by that time Bad Cat was on the run again. This is one of my favorite stories, one about innocent behavior and making quick judgements. It’s a great story to share with kids, illustrating that something good can be found in most actions if you look. I love Bad Cat’s innocent behavior, similar to that of a child. ( review by Carrie Anne)
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Pet or Wild Animal Sorting Activity

house pet or wild animal sorting activitySorting is a common preschool activity that you may notice your child doing all on their own. Sorting helps make sense of the world but it’s also a great way to talk about attributes and differences in the items you are sorting. In this case sorting pets vs. wild animals gave us a chance to talk about how we care for pets and observe local wildlife.  It wasn’t super simple for a 2.5  year old but when we hit road bumps a few questions lead to the final decision.  After sorting we played and played and played which is exactly what I’d hoped for.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a doll house ( or a picture of a house ) , some animals and if you want a basket and container to represent the wild . We used a square vase and some pine cones  it doesn’t have to be perfect just enough to be separate from the house pets. Make sure that you have some animals that are clearly pets and others that are clearly wild animals and if you think it won’t frustrate your child add in a few iffy ones. Our iffy ones were the budgie, lizard and turtle.  house pet or wild animal
  2. Place the house, animals and “wild” on a table and invite your wee one to start sorting. Let them know that all the animals need to be put in their home either in the house or wild. house pet
  3. Help them sort if need pet 3 My daughter took great care in placing each pet in the right spot. house pets in the houseWhen she got to the lizard she was not sure. house pet or wild animal 3Eventually she decided that it should be in the wild. You and I know that people have lizards as pets but I wasn’t going to go into that if she decided it shouldn’t. Don’t get hung up on these technicality on the less obvious animals if it breaks the flow of the game but if your child will understand explain exotic pets and let them decide if they think they should or should not be pets. house pet or wild animal 8
  4. After all the sorting is done you can count the animals, ask your child to pick which pet they would like to have in their own house and to pick out the wild animals that they have seen around their neighborhood/zoo/aquarium. house pet or wild animal 44
  5. Then play! Can you tell she is potty training right now? We played and played mostly potty training each of the house pets. If only it were that easy! house pets play potty training

Books About Pets

not norman

Not Norman: A Goldfish Story by Kelly Bennet is a story about a little boy and his disappointing pet fish Norman. All great children’s books slip a lesson between the pages and this one is about how our first impressions aren’t always right. Friendships can take a while to grow but once they do they are solid, even with a pet fish named Norman.

My Penquin Osbert

My Penguin Osbert by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel is a perfect book for this activity. In this story a little boy writes to Santa and asks for a very specific gift, a real live penguin! It’s not long before he realizes that a real live penguin is not as much fun as he thought it would be. He is very responsible though and sacrifices a lot for Osbert. He is thankful to Santa for getting his gift exactly right but writes a follow up letter explaining how it would be ok if Santa sent a replacement. Very cute story, it’s not short though but my 3 year old listened to it happily for a bedtime story. Laughing at the funny parts and pointing out that he wrote a letter to Santa too, but he didn’t ask for a penguin… thank goodness!

McDuff Moves in

McDuff Moves In by Rosemary Wells will pull at your heart strings and make your child beg for a dog!  McDuff escapes from a dog catcher’s truck and tried to brave the world alone only to be met with unfriendly animals until he meets Fred and Lucy! They take him in initially just for one night … but who can resist this Westie? My son loves this series of books and I do too. They are calm, sweet and I love the illustrations by Susan Jeffers.

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