Looking for a creative way to keep learning experiences fun and “hands-on” as your kids move into their teen years?
We have found a cool and affordable tool to help make teens’ math, art, science, and history lessons come to life. It is a 3D pen from AtmosFlare.
I received this product for free and was compensated for my time in writing this post. All opinions are my own.
Once when taking a computer class my teens had an opportunity to see a large 3D printer in action. They watched in awe as an object was instantly created in front of them. They were amazed with the process and almost speechless as they thought of the items that could be created with this technology.
They talked about that 3D printer for weeks and even started to calculate how much money they would need to save to buy a 3D printer. They soon realized, however, that such an item was beyond their grasp. Until now…
We recently got our hands on a very interesting 3D pen from AtmosFlare and my teens have busy creating a variety of 3D projects — some for school, but all for fun!
AtmosFlare 3D Pen
We were surprised how easy this 3D drawing pen was to begin using.
In the box we found:
- Atmosflare 3D Drawing Pen body
- 2 ink cartridges
- 4 drawing tips and 1 cap
- 1 AA battery
- Instruction Sheet with assembly instructions and use, safety, battery, and cleaning tips
There were not many specific instructions for how to create 3D shapes, but that did not hinder my teens and their creativity at all! As much as I try to encourage my kids to read the instructions, they are so intuitive I don’t think they even expect most packaging to include instructions these days. They immediately started to use the pen and they figured out how/when to use the light to help cure the ink.
A couple of quick tips we think are helpful to share:
- Start squeezing the ink before you turn on the light (the light starts to sure the ink immediately)
- If the drawing tip gets clogged, use the cap to clear the clog.
- Be patient, practice, and have fun – you will get the hang of it very quickly!
Benefits of a 3D Pen
As much as my teens still enjoy adding hands-on learning projects to studies, it is getting harder to find activities that will challenge them. The days of fun arts and crafts projects are behind us; now they want to build more complex projects that often require trips to the hardware or office supply store. This 3D pen can be used repeatedly, with a wide variety of applications!
The good news is that our new 3D pen will help add another layer of learning to many school assignments:
My kids’ first idea was to use the 3D pen to create 3D shapes. They quickly learned that it took a steady hand to build a cube (calling it a cube is probably a stretch because they realized it took some practice to get the sides anywhere near even!). With each attempt they became more comfortable with how to release the ink and use the pen’s light.
Next they got the idea of making a flat object and then creating a base for them to stand on. My son was going to try to write out his name, but was impressed enough with his initial that he decided to start there. They talked about how they could use the 3D pen to build models of the cells and plants they are studying in science or building they learn about in history. They also suggested their Dad could use this to help with some of the engineering drawing he uses for work.
After (finally) watching one of the short informational videos on the Atmosflare website my teens got the idea of using the 3D pen to add texture to art projects. They even decided to create what they called “wearable art” and made a flower ring for me. It was a fun addition to my spring outfit 😉
Want to Get A 3D Pen for Your Family?
My teens wanted to let you know that they highly recommend this cool 3D pen! They think it will make a nice gift for friends. Since it’s affordable they also said they would be happy to use some of their own money to buy additional ink cartridges to use for more school projects.
You can purchase the Atmosflare 3D Drawing pen at Toys “R” Us and Best Buy, as well as at www.atmosflare3d.com.
GREAT NEWS! AtmosFlare is also going to give a pen to 30 winners!
Enter the Giveaway using the form below:
You can also join us on Instagram February 22 to March 6, 2016 for a fun challenge sponsored by AtmosFlare 3D Drawing Pen. Participate by uploading an image that somehow matches that day’s theme (or do it a couple of days late; we won’t judge). Give us some context in the caption area, using the theme word and explaining what you shared. This is a great way to get to know other homeschool moms on Instagram!
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We would love to hear from you — what would your teens like to create with a 3D pen?