#MonthlyMake inspiration – Design your own Easter Eggs

Did you know….March is Design your own Easter Egg Month? Such a fantastic theme for the STAEDTLER #MonthlyMake competition!
To make sure the Easter Bunny visits you, make your own Easter Egg cups for all your egg creations and yummy chocolate!

Fancy some inspiration? Take a look at our Easter Egg cup how-to-guide:

What you need

  • FIMO soft modelling clay, we used Yellow (8020-10) and Orange (8020-42)
  • A modelling tool
  • A black marker pen
  • An old table knife
  • A rolling pin
  • A circular lid or cutter
  • A ruler
  • Wet wipes
  • A baking tray or tile

Handy tips

  • Use wet wipes to keep your fingers clean so darker colours don’t transfer onto lighter ones.
  • A plain, glazed tile makes a good work surface for FIMO. Models can be made on a tile then put straight into the oven to bake

To make the basic egg cup shape:

Step 1 

Step 1Roll out a block of FIMO to approx. 6cm x 12cm and 5mm deep. Trim the edges with a modelling tool or an old table knife to make a rectangle. Keep the FIMO leftovers to re-use.

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Curl the strip round joining the ends together. Blend over the join with your finger, or just press the ends together.

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Push a piece of FIMO into the bottom of the egg cup to fill the hole.

To make the Easter chick

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Step 4

Roll out your Yellow FIMO leftovers and cut out a circle to crate your chick’s head. Roll two small balls from leftover FIMO and push into the head to make the eyes. You can use a black marker to colour these in once the egg cup has been baked if you don’t have any black FIMO.  Roll out your Orange FIMO and cut a small triangle for the beak.

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Carefully press the head on the egg cup and add some thin strips of yellow on the top.

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Cut some wings and model the feet. Press them onto the egg cup. Bake at 110°/230°F for 30 minutes on the tile or baking tray. Allow the FIMO to cool before handling.

Now you have mastered the Easter chick, why not try an egg cup design of your own! Here are some more of our designs for extra inspiration:

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World Book Day

This is the 19th year there’s been a World Book Day, and on 3rd March 2016 children of all ages came together to appreciate reading. Very loudly and very happily. The main aim of World Book Day in the UK and Ireland is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own.

Here are some of the best costumes from yesterday!

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What did you send your kids to school dressed as?

 

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#MonthlyMake inspiration – Bake for Family Fun

Did you know….February is Bake for Family Fun Month? Such a fantastic theme for the STAEDTLER #MonthlyMake competition!
Get your whole family involved by make anything you could possibly imagine out of FIMO and celebrate FIMO’s 50th birthday with us by sharing your creations!

Fancy some inspiration? Take a look at these clever how-to-guides:

 

Would you like to create a beautiful butterfly?

Check out our butterfly how-to-guide to make your very own:

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How about a cheeky little minion?

Take a look at our Minion how-to-video:

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Or maybe a creepy crawly bug:

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How about a mini carnival with your family?

if so, then check out our carnival mask how-to-guide:

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Or what about a yummy looking bracelet for you and your friends?

Take a look at our cupcake bracelet how-to-guide:

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There are now TWO chances to win! One design will be chosen as the #STAEDTLERSTAR . Five designs will also be shortlisted and uploaded on Tuesday 23 February. The one with the most likes will be chosen as the #FanFavourite. 

Share your creations before 12pm on Monday 22 February!

STAEDTLER Try-it-tribe feeling the love with FIMO

Our Try-it tribe has been extremely busy this month with our FIMO Hearts accessories sets. They are perfect to use with FIMO clay, soap or even chocolate!

Here are some of their creations:

Valentine’s Day FIMO hearts teacher gifts – Jennifer @ jennifergracecreates.com and her kids created fantastic FIMO heart gifts for their teachers.

‘For the latest STAEDTLER Try-it tribe challenge we were asked to make some FIMO Hearts for Valentine’s Day, using a FIMO mould. The kids were not so keen on making hearts (can’t we make more spaceships?!), until I suggested we make them to give to their teachers for Valentine’s Day. They LOVED this idea as they are still at the age where they love their teachers and want to give them nice gifts!

Here’s the hearts we made:

 

They’d look even nicer with a bit of gloss varnish on.’

To read Jennifer’s full review, click on the link above to visit Jennifer’s blog.

Getting creative with FIMO accessories – Lindsey @thepencilpot.wordpress.com and her daughter Lily experimented with a variety of different ingredients.

‘As February is the season of love and all things heart shaped, STAEDTLER have sent us some heart shapes FIMO moulds to try and test.  The mould has 8 different shaped hearts in a mixture of sizes and textures.  The instructions are clear with some great tips.  The moulds are suitable for food use so would be great for crafting choccy hearts or perhaps fondant icing for birthday cakes.

 

We both have a love of bath bombs so we decided to test the moulds by making our own!

The moulds were really easy to fill and we found that because the moulds were transparent, it was easy to check for air gaps and for positioning the sprigs of dried lavender.

Our bomb kit made quite a lot of mixture so we filled some spherical and ice-cube moulds too. The instructions in our kit said to leave the bombs for 24 hours before removing. We left ours for a week and were a bit worried that the mixture would stick or crumble as we tried to remove the shapes. The moulds are quite flexible, but not too wobbly, just right for un-moulding successfully. The textured hearts look particularly good and everything held together well. We are both pleased with the results and are looking forward to using the moulds again.’

To read Lindsey’s full review, click on the link above to visit Lindsey’s blog.

Clare Nicholas and her daughter Emmy made beautiful FIMO hearts in a range of bright colours.

Clare created beautiful FIMO love tokens and heart shaped soaps with rose petals and lavender.

How to make a heart keepsake with FIMO Jenny @ the-gingerbread-house.co.uk and her family had fun creating FIMO hearts from a range of materials.

‘We had fun trying the moulds out with both FIMO and chocolate and both were successful. We made them a few weeks ago and the children have been playing with the hearts ever since, we even took one as a gift to our local fairy house!

You can see the Clay Mould is quite big with 8 moulds of different shapes and sizes. There are some helpful tips inside the packaging. It was easy to place the FIMO inside the mould, it is clear so you can easily see if you have filled all the little nooks and crannies.

It was a little difficult to get out for small hands, so I helped scoop it out whilst trying to keep the shape of the hearts. We made a few and also used the pretty patterns to make some little pink roses to add to our fairy garden.

I placed the FIMO hearts on baking parchment on a baking tray and baked them according to the instructions on the packet. They are really pretty and would make a sweet little keepsake for a classmate.’

To read Jenny’s full review, click on the link above to visit Jenny’s blog.

Laura Elizabeth Fear and her family made some creative FIMO heart keyrings.

‘The heart moulds were instantly eye catching to both my daughters, they could not wait to give them a go. Immi aged 7 was especially taken with the patterns inside the moulds and loved how they made ‘beautiful, pretty patters’ in the FIMO. The moulds were very simple to use, enabling the children to explore different colour combinations and patterns.

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‘From a 5 year old I was well happy with her creativity – she wants to give them to people with ribbon on to hang up (hence the holes!)’

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Query raised by our Try-it tribe

Nicky queried if FIMO can be placed in the oven without removing it from the moulds.

Answer from STAEDTLER

The silicon heart shaped moulds can be placed in the oven at a maximum temperature of 80 degrees centigrade. FIMO needs to be baked at a minimum temperature off 110 degrees centigrade to enable the clay to harden.

The moulds are designed to shape the FIMO so that the FIMO can then be removed and placed in the oven for hardening on a baking tray.

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The mould can be lightly dusted with talc to act as a releasing agent. The talc can then be dusted off with a dry clean make up brush.

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National Doodle Day

What does your doodle say about you?

Contrary to popular belief – and here’s something for children to tell their teachers – doodling is not the sign of a wandering mind.  In fact, more often than not, the doodler is actually using doodling to focus the mind and help concentrate by blocking out other distractions.

So what do you draw when you’re doodling – houses?  trees?  smart cars?   Doodling may well seem an inconsequential pastime but it can give definite clues to your personality when unravelled by the complex art of graphology.

‘We tend to doodle when we are bored or stressed,’ says Ruth Rostron, professional handwriting analyst and vice-chair of the British Institute of Graphologists.

‘Because of this, we’re usually only  half-conscious of what we’re drawing — which means our inner preoccupations surface on paper.’

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FACES

The expression on a doodled face is often a good indication of the mood or character of the person who has drawn it. A nicely drawn, good-looking face suggests you see the good in others.

Comic faces demonstrate a desire to be the centre of attention. Child-like doodles of faces suggest neediness. Profiles indicate you’re an introvert.

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FLOWERS

Soft, rounded petals around a circular flower centre suggest an amiable, family-centric person.

If the centre of your flower is a circle, but your petals are pointy, you are probably hiding a warm heart behind a prickly defensiveness.

If you doodle a bunch of perky-looking flowers you are likely to be sociable. Drooping flower heads, on the other hand, indicate you’re burdened by worry.

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House

House doodles are a rich source of information.  Look at the shape – if it is wide and airy, then you are broadminded and open to ideas.  If it is narrow and pinched, you are the opposite and likely to keep your feelings bottled up. Busy houses show you are the homely type while tall houses reveal idealism and ambition.

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Trees

Trees can be very revealing.  If they are verdant and full of fruit, you are giving, warm and balanced.  If there are branches with no leaves, then your feelings are likely to be wintry.  Lots of branches in no particular order can be an indication that you need to stop, organise your thinking and get down to a plan of action in your life.

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Squares or Cubes

Drawing a square indicates you want control of a situation — that you are thinking through a problem.

If your squares progress to a cube or box, you’re likely to be a very efficient, analytical person who can deal with difficult situations with  little fuss.

 

What doodles have you done lately? We would love to hear about them!

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National Handwriting Day – rebuild your relationship with pens and pencils

Saturday 23 January 2016 is National Handwriting Day. The day when people are encouraged to re-build their relationship with the humble pen and pencil!

Click on the link below to download a handwriting activity sheet for your kids.

Handwriting activity sheet

Source: http://www.handwritinghelpforkids.com. Recommended by the NHA.

Within its extensive range, STAEDTLER has a number of products developed in close association with the teaching profession and designed specifically to encourage good handwriting practice, such as the 309 Handwriting pen, the ergonomically designed triplus range and the ‘learner’ collection of triangular, jumbo-sized pencils, coloured pencils and pens.

Here are STAEDTLER’s key products designed to encourage good handwriting…

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The 309 Handwriting Pen ­­- designed to give children more control and therefore encourage better handwriting skills.  With a hardwearing point, long 2,500 metre write-out length and 0.6 mm line width, this pen has a special moulded grip zone to give the child extra control and also features Dry Safe ink so that the cap may be left off for days without the pen drying out.  Another practical feature is the clip on the cap which prevents the pen rolling on, or even off, the desk.

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The 121 Noris school pencil – just the sight of the familiar yellow and black striped barrel of the Noris 121 blacklead pencil is enough to take many of us straight back to our own schooldays. This instantly recognisable pencil is available in five degrees and is manufactured using a special bonding process which means less sharpening and therefore less waste.

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The 119 triplus triangular learner pencils – designed for very young children and those with special needs.  The triplus three-sided pencil offers optimum grip, sits comfortably in the hand and is easy to use.  The large diameter barrel and extra thick 4 mm lead not only make the pencil easier to hold but also encourage larger writing.  The range includes triplus blacklead pencils (119) with a soft 2B lead in the familiar yellow and black Noris design and triplus coloured pencils (128), with a matt finish for slip-free hold, in 12 brilliant waterproof colours.

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The 158 ergosoft jumbo coloured pencils – a unique non-slip soft surface and a triangular shape that encourages children to hold the pencil correctly.

 

STAEDTLER Try-it tribe test drives the NEW FIMO kids ‘form and play’ sets

January 2016 kick starts a brand new set of challenges for the STAEDTLER Try-it tribe.

This year, STAEDTLER has launched two brand new FIMO kids ‘form and play’ sets, each  with a colourful theme to capture your children’s imaginations.

Pirate – level 3 skill indicator

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Seaworld – level 2 skill indicator

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The levels of difficulty range from 1 to 3 which help classify the degree of difficulty.

Our Try-it tribe has been testing these new play sets and have provided useful feedback, hints and tips.

Happy New year – Modelling fun with FIMO – Lindsey @thepencilpot.wordpress.com and her daughter Lily loved the clarity of the instructions and thought that the guide showing how much FIMO to use was really helpful.

‘We loved the look of the sets, the packaging is neat and colourful and we thought that they would make great gifts for children that enjoy crafting.

We are both really pleased with how our models turned out.  We had lots of fun while modelling the kits, chatting and laughing at each others pirate efforts (mine had hilarious long arms at one point).  Lily is 12 and I am 40 and the kits were challenging and engaging enough to keep both of us entertained.

I did struggle with the hat on “Pirate 2” so decided to make ‘him’ a ‘her’ and crafted some lovely golden hair and a pirate headband instead.  The pirate set was quite a bit more challenging than the seaworld set, but we enjoyed the challenge and found ways to make the kit work to our abilities.’

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To read Lindsey’s full review and to check out Lily’s stop motion animations, click on the link above to visit Lindsey’s blog.

Hayley Louise Phillips had a FIMO get together with family and friends!

‘These scene setters inside the packaging are AMAZING! They complete any work of FIMO art!

Try-it-tribe member Alex invited his pal from school to make and create with these beautiful new sets…as you can see, big people couldn’t resist having a go either! They followed the instructions duly to build this awesome pirate!

Packaging wise I’m full of praise, from the hidden backgrounds to instructions to the craft knife; these FIMO sets make for a PERFECT complete gift for any occasion.  We’re thrilled!!’

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Exploring space with FIMO kids form and play sets Jenny @ the-gingerbread-house.co.uk and her family also provided an in depth review of our Space FIMO kids form and play set.

‘We have really enjoyed using the set, the instructions were easy to follow and I liked the fact that there were 3 makes, enough to not get bored but not too many to be overwhelmed.

My 5 year old loves these kind of kits so it kept him busy after school. There was enough FIMO left over so he could have a little free play too.’

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To read Jenny’s full review, click on the link above to visit Jenny’s blog.

Sarah Cooper and her son had a ‘whale’ of a time with the Seaworld set!

‘Here’s our seaworld creation – mostly designed by my 7 year old son.

We have a crab, jellyfish and two fish.’

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Under the Sea Bed” and “Space Ships that Don’t Fly – Carrie @ spaceforthebutterflies.com and her family share really useful hints and tips.

‘Each kit contains four packets of FIMO, a cutting and shaping tool and a little booklet with step by step picture instructions to make the models on the front cover.  Or not if you don’t want to.  One of the reasons that I love giving my three art materials to play around with and get messy is because I love to see what their creativity can come up with.

In addition to the bits and pieces in the kit I found it really helpful to keep a packet of baby wipes on hand and a straw.  The baby wipes are because the colour of the FIMO comes off on your hands and if you don’t clean your hands between colours, especially after playing with the black, it comes off on the next colours and rather muddies their vibrancy.

The straw we found really helpful for punching out the windows to make proper portholes and for making patterns on the back of the turtle and the tummy of the seahorse.’

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To read Carrie’s full review and to check out Kitty and Elma’s tales of ‘Under the Sea Bed’, click on the link above to visit Carrie’s blog.

Clare Nicholas and her daughter Emmy made some fantastic creations with the sets!

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Sea creature and spaceship toys – Jennifer @ jennifergracecreates.com and her kids made fantastic seaworld and space creations.

Jennifer, Little Miss and Cheeky Boy really got stuck in with the FIMO ‘form and play’ sets and the results are amazing!

Jennifer commented: ‘Little Miss chose to make the sea creatures, and Cheeky Boy unsurprisingly chose to make the space ships. We’ve kept the pirate set for a rainy day!

The instructions have no text, so even young kids who can’t read will be able to try and follow the pictures. It shows you how much of the Fimo block you need to use, what shapes to mould, and where to put them on the model that you are making. By the end of it Cheeky Boy (age 4 and a half) was really getting the hang of following the instructions. He could easily cut off the right amount of the right colour.

Little Miss (age 7 and 3 quarters) did everything herself, though I did show her how to make a couple of shapes (eg. the turtle shell) then I squished it up again so she could make it.’

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To read Jennifer’s full review, click on the link above to visit Jennifer’s blog.

The FIMO kids form and plays sets are available in 14 different themes, ranging from skill level 1 to 3.

Level 1

Farm

Pet

Butterfly

Monster

 

Level 2

Robot

Space

Pony

Dino

Seaworld

 

Level 3

Fairy

Knight

Princess

Mermaid

Pirate

 

 

#MonthlyMake inspiration – create your own character

Did you know….January is Creativity month? Such a fantastic theme for the STAEDTLER #MonthlyMake competition!
Get your kids to create their own character, invent a name and describe what they are doing during playtime.

Fancy some inspiration? Take a look at these clever creations:

 

What is the character’s name? Max

During playtime, my character likes to: Fly in the sky

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What is the character’s name? Lami

During playtime, my character likes to: Dance

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What is the character’s name? Minion Dave

During playtime, my character likes to: Play football

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What is the character’s name? Star girl

During playtime, my character likes to: Play detectives

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What is the character’s name? Christina

During playtime, my character likes to: Play with her skipping rope and her friends

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There are now TWO chances to win! One design will be chosen as the #STAEDTLERSTAR . Five designs will also be shortlisted and uploaded on Tuesday 26 January. The one with the most likes will be chosen as the #FanFavourite. 

Click on the link below to download the activity sheet and share your kid’s creations before 12pm on Monday 25 January

STAEDTLER #MonthlyMake January 2016

If you are unable to print out the ‪#‎MonthlyMake‬ activity sheet, please submit your entry on a blank sheet of paper.

 

Animals Who Have Already Broken Their New Year Resolutions

Keeping resolutions is tough, but shouldn’t you at least make it past January before you give up completely? Clearly, no one gave these animal friends the pep talk they needed.

1. This monkey gave up sugar

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2. This bear resolved to get up and go to the gym this year

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3. This kitten resolved to stop being adorable

4.This deer promised his mom he’d stop teasing the National Geographic photographers.

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5. This bird resolved to stop being too picky choosing who to be his best friend

6. This dog resolved to stop trying to conquer the living room.

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7. These chickens said they would stop eating other animals’ food

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