Earlier in the summer, Pip and I tried out some Finding Dory crafts after watching the film and I’ve been trying to find the time to post about them ever since. I literally have no idea where the days go. The film is still showing at cinemas though, and if you’re either still waiting for reception to start, or at home with pre-school children, or even looking for something to do in half term which seems now to be right around the corner, you might be interested in these Finding Dory crafts. We went to watch Finding Dory one afternoon and then tried out some of the crafts and had fun with some of the characters that we’d seen on screen. All of the crafts are created by Disney and EpsonUK and are designed to be printed on the Epson Eco Tank printer which we have been testing all summer and is amazing. You can of course print them on whatever you have handy – all you really need is a printer, card, scissors, glue and then a couple of additional things like sticks, or blue plastic.
First, the film. Pip has loved Finding Nemo for a while and has watched it frequently. At the event the baby and I attended to learn how to do the crafts we were told that the average Finding Nemo DVD has been watched some staggering amount of times, maybe even as many as 50 (?). It is also 13 years since it was released! I couldn’t believe that it came out whilst I was still at university. Anyway, Pip really enjoyed the film (although she did end up sitting on my lap at one point) and was captivated throughout. Personally, I found it rather strange as it was like stepping into a computer animated version of my memory as we spent a lot of time at Monterey Bay Aquarium when we lived in California when I was a young child and which seemed to me to have been used almost as a blueprint for the Marine Life Institute in the film – even down to the sea otters and the touch pool.
Pip was particularly taken by Hank the 7 legged Octopus when we watched the film and so she loved cutting out the print out of Hank (below) – she is very proud of how independent her scissor skills are (and how she is trusted with proper scissors) and managed to do this activity all by herself, albeit with a little guidance from me at the sticking section. You can download the Hank PDF here and then print out the PDF on A4 card, cut out, fold and stick.
We also enjoyed cutting out the print out of the various characters, attaching them to sticks and playing games with them. Rather appropriately, Little Baby was rather taken with the littlest fish Nemo at the event at the Disney Store that I went to, as was Pip, and even now he sits decorating Pip’s desk. I think we ended up amalgamating the images from the aquarium task and the idea of the photobooth props, but that’s the beauty of crafting and using the Eco Tank printer – plenty of ink.
Again, these need downloading (click the image to find all the resources), printing and then cutting out.
Epson EcoTank Review
We have the Epson EcoTank ET-2550 which is one of 6 models in the Epson EcoTank range. The ET-2550 is the one of the more basic printers of the range, perfect for the casual home user. It prints black and white and colour up to A4 and comes with 2 years worth of ink in bottles, printing 4,500 pages in black and 6,500 pages in colour. It will also copy and scan. Set up was an easy process which basically involved tipping the bottles of ink into the tanks and following some instructions on screen. If you are hoping to do some crafts then make sure you set it up before you sit down to the complete the crafts as it takes around 20-30 minutes to sort out the system. Once that is done and you’ve activated the wifi element you can basically forget about it and print so easily.
- Prints over wifi. This is not unique to this printer, but it is the first printer I’ve had which does and it is AMAZING!
- Download the Epson app and you can print using said wifi FROM YOUR PHONE. I am not sure whether this is brand new information but I find it incredibly useful and so satisfying. I bought some of this Epson Premium Semigloss paper which isn’t too expensive and prints decent quality images for things like sticking in scrapbooks or taking to school for school project requests.
- Low maintenance. Without cartridges you can print without worrying at all about price per sheet. Buy it, install and then it will just keep printing good quality prints for over 7000 pages which is said to be around 2 years. Particularly great if you have kids who are into crafting and school projects.
- Really easy to set up.
- Good print quality. All of the models in the Epson EcoTank range use Epson’s Micro Piezo technology for clear, sharp and precise printing and I have not been disappointed with the quality either printing onto ordinary paper, crafting card or semigloss photo paper.
- It needs to be kept flat, so it is a printer which needs a home, not one that comes in and out of the box when needed. It’s not just a random warning – do not store it on end once the ink is in!
- Initial purchase price is high although if you do a lot of printing, particularly colour, then the cost of replacing cartridges adds up fast, and also requires thinking about. That said, the ink in the eco tank lasts for a long time, and then when it does require replacing is also much cheaper to replace.
- I have read that some people find the ET-2550 display too simplistic and that it lacks an Ethernet port, auto-document feeder and duplexing, but for home use I have found that the simple display is easy to use and it is perfectly decent at feeding the paper in for the level of printing crafting and photos require.
Thanks to Epson UK and Disney / The Disney Store for inviting us to the event, sending us to see Finding Dory and for the printer to review. All opinions my own.