Become the coolest parent in the neighbourhood with these easy 3D printing pen projects!

We all know that spending some quality playtime with the family is crucial for kids to build better bonds with their parents, spark creativity, and more importantly for everyone to have lots of fun! Having said that, enticing kids to put down their digital devices and willingly take part in some good old craft projects can often be a challenge… Here’s a tried and tested tip: bring up the magic words “3D printing pens!” and voila, you’ve got their attention.

1. Bring bedtime stories to life!

Let your child be the creator of their own bedtime stories with these DIY flashlight stencils. The end result creates beautiful visuals that make storytelling so much more captivating and fascinating!

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Steps

  1. Print out the Stencils or find/draw your own.

  2. Doodle the outer shape and keep Doodling to fill it in, but leave the desired shape (e.g. the dragon’s head) empty.

  3. Position your Doodled Flashlight Stencil against a flashlight, turn it on and voila you have your shadow art!

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Tips:
  • We recommend Doodling inversely in the stencils.

  • Customize your stencils based on themes, such as Halloween, Christmas, favourite book characters, etc.

2. Bake sweet-looking treats

Baking is a great opportunity to engage everyone in the family. Involve your child in every step of the process, from Doodling your own customised cookie stamps to placing the imprinted treats in the oven. What better way to make fun memories and have a sweet result?

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Steps

  1. Print out the Stencils or find/draw your own.

  2. Doodle the shape first. Next, follow the lines of the pattern and Doodle several layers on top of the lines to create a protruding surface.

  3. Create a variety of stamps with different shapes and patterns using the same method.

  4. Roll out and flatten your dough, then imprint them using the cookie stamps.

  5. Carefully remove the extra bits of dough on the edges. Place your dough on a tray and bake!

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Tips:
  • Start Plastic is completely safe to use with food!

  • Doodle handles to the back of the cookie stamps to make stamping easier.

  • This project idea works best with sugar cookie dough.

3. Bring all the birds to your yard!

Build the best bird feeder in the neighborhood with this fun family-project. Did you know that bird feeding relaxes, educates, and is an excellent way to increase outdoor recreational activities for kids?

Watch this video tutorial to learn how to make this:

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4. Make customized prints

Decorate your child’s t-shirt, bag and more with your own Doodled symbols, characters and phrases! With the versatility of the 3Doodler pen, the personalization possibilities are endless.

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Steps

  1. Print out the Stencils or find/draw your own.

  2. Doodle and fill in your desired shape (e.g. a star) to create a stamp.

  3. Dip your stamp in some fabric paint, then carefully stamp the shape onto your t-shirt/bag.

  4. Wait for the paint to dry.

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Tips:
  • It’s always best do some test prints on paper first.

  • If you decide to do a line drawing instead of filling your stencil in completely, make sure your Doodled lines are thick enough, to get a cleaner printed result.

  • Wash your stencils when you’re done and reuse them for other crafty projects.

5. Reach for the stars (and more)!

This DIY solar system project is not just educational, it’s also a great way to decorate your child’s bedroom. With Glow-in-the-Dark stars and Doodled planets, you’ll find your child marvelling at the beauty of the universe at night!

Steps

  1. Blow up some balloons into different sizes, to match the relative sizes of the planets in the solar system.

  2. Take one balloon, using a marker draw a line along the center and go all the way round the balloon.

  3. Doodle half of the sphere up to the line you’ve drawn, then peel off the plastic. Repeat with the other half of the sphere.

  4. Doodle to join the two halves together.

  5. Doodle some stars with Glow in the Dark plastic .

  6. Connect the star and the planet by Doodling a line.

  7. Repeat steps 2 – 6 with the other planets.

  8. Use Blu-Tack or Command Strips to attach the stars to the ceiling.

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Tips:
  • Play a space themed trivia quiz with your child. For every question they get right, they get to add another Doodled star to the ceiling!

We hope these projects sparked some inspiration for activities to do with your family! The most important thing is to use this opportunity as a way to spend more quality time with your children. Being entirely present with them and using these everyday moments as a way to help your children grow and learn will create priceless memories and a stronger bond between you and your child. The possibilities are endless.

Happy Doodling!