The Summer holidays are almost upon us and for some have already started. The children are looking forward to six long weeks of endless entertainment, fun and laughter. Parents? Well many of my friends are wondering if they have enough activities and days out lined up and are a little daunted by the prospect. Monkey starts school this September so I am sure I will be feeling exactly the same in twelve months time. Each year Disney try to launch a film over the Summer period to help with the holiday blues. True to form Finding Dory comes to cinemas on July 29th, but this year they have gone one step further and teamed up with Epson to create some exciting crafts which can be made at home. Last week I was invited to the Disney Store in Oxford Street to hear all about it.
Did you know its been 16 yrs since Finding Nemo first made an appearance on our screens? I was very surprised by this fact and suddenly felt very old! It is one of the most watched Disney films, on average a DVD of Finding Nemo is watched 70 times during its lifetime. Finding Dory is expected to be just as popular, the audience will be introduced to some new characters along with the little blue fish with yellow fins that suffers from memory loss. Including Hank the seven legged octopus and Destiny the whale shark.
Teaming up with a company that wants to revolutionalise the way families use printers seemed the natural choice, after all they needed a way to deliver these crafts into homes across the country. Epson want to change the way we look at printing and bring back the freedom to print at home. Many families don’t either have a printer at home or if they do don’t actually use it. When asked the reason why it came down to two things – printing is irritating i.e. getting it to connect to your device and the cost of ink is prohibitive. Sometimes if all the colours go at once ink costs can be as much as the printer cost in the first place!!
On average with a traditional printer you go through 72 cartridges over its lifetime. However with the new EcoTank range, now on its second generation, you get two years worth of ink in the box. The refillable tank means that there means there is no need to costly ink cartridges. If you need more ink then you can buy additional bottles for under £8 per colour and under £12 for the black. Each bottle has 70ml of ink in it, so its no wonder that the price per page is ultra low when you think a traditional ink cartridge has just 3.5ml! 70ml is enough for 6500 sheets of colour printing and 4000 of black and white. Despite the focus on low cost printing the EcoTank models use Epson’s Micro Piezo technology for clear, sharp and precise printing. I will be reviewing one soon, so watch this space, I am especially looking forward to trying out the wireless printing from my phone.
But for now back the conundrum of keeping the kids busy. Research which Epson conducted indicated that the average spend on activities and days out over the Summer holidays is £1500 per household. With many parents running out of ideas by the end of the third week. With this is mind you may want to try your hand at the free crafts available on the Disney website. These include cards, origami, photo props and window aquarium. Of course we couldn’t wait to get started. Disney and Epson had kindly provided pre printed versions of all the crafts available, the range from the simple to the more complex. Here is Hank – from flat card to 3D play prop!
The crafts will be suitable for a wide age range as although Hank is quite simple some of them are more complex – try Squirt for example! The good news is that they all come with full instructions!
Which is just as well, if like me you don’t know the first thing about origami!
The photo props and aquarium are an ideal craft for children who love to cut things out. I intend on helping Monkey practice his scissor skills before he starts school so I can see an aquarium in our conservatory once our EcoTank arrives. If you would like to try your hand at Dorygarmi please see below, this and all the other crafts I have mentioned are available on the Disney Inspired website. Ive had a nose round the website and its well worth a visit. There are simply tons of ideas centred around crafts, cooking and play with all your favourite disney characters. It could easily keep the children occupied all Summer!
Finally as part of their collaboration you can win 1 of 200 £50 Disney Store gift cards when you buy an EcoTank Printer. Plus all purchases receive a 10% discount voucher for the Disney store for use online. Full terms and conditions apply and can be found here. I am really looking forward to trying out these crafts with Monkey check back soon to find out how we got on.
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