Thursday, June 5, 2014

Boys can craft too… just bring them to a Canon PIXMA Craft Workshop

For the first time ever, I brought the elves to a Canon PIXMA Craft Workshop on Saturday 31 May at the Inter-Continental Hotel. The theme was “We Are Family!” and it was definitely one popular family event as streams of adults and their little ones queued up to register, get their goodie bags and excitedly go through the materials provided by Canon.
It took a bit of coaxing but my older elf, who at first thought of the event as “girly stuff” eventually joined in the fun with his craft-crazy sister. We posed with mustaches, speech bubbles and spectacles at the photo booth, fixed crafts together and the kids started getting into the games with their peers.

My gal even got a photo with the lively and witty hosts, Jeremy Yeo and Joanne-Marie Sim!

We made two items, a door hanger and a photo holder. The Canon-provided materials were all printed from their Canon Creative Park website and all we had to do was to cut, paste and stick them in any way we wanted. I did most of the cutting and let the elves decide how they wanted to decorate.
Before the event we were asked to store a few of our favorite family pix in our phones. We then printed them out using the Canon PIXMA Printing Solutions app at the printers stationed all around the ballroom. It was so quick and simple and the colors were vibrant!

The kids were well-entertained with games that had them interacting with each other and running around the ballroom looking for answers to Canon-related questions on “clouds” that were posted above the various printers. My gal was thrilled when she won a prize bag of exclusive Canon products!

In between, there was a tea break which was a delicious treat of egg tarts, dim sum and carrot cake. It was heartwarming to see all the family photos and the love and detail that went into each craft item. Sharing our table was a family of five with mummy, daddy and their three children helping one another to finish their creative keepsakes. As there was only one set of double-sided tape and scotch tape and a couple of scissors, it was a good moment for my children to learn to share and wait patiently for their turn to use the tools. We had a great time chatting while crafting too!

Canon organises these craft workshops at least twice a year near the school holidays. Registration is free so places get snapped up real quick. So look out for details for the next one and make sure you sign up. You'll definitely have an enjoyable family-bonding time!

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