When it comes to using your printer to keep your little ones entertained, you can’t go far wrong with colouring-in sheets. Halloween is a great opportunity for a little print and colour-in session, whether you opt for haunted houses, Draculas or zombie bunnies for your own little monsters to decorate.
But did you know your printer has a lot more potential for keeping kids entertained - especially during the exciting Halloween holiday season? Below you’ll find ten printable ideas for Halloween fun, which your children are bound to go batty for!
Simply print out this countdown calendar and pop it on the wall, then use a marker to count down to the spookiest day of the year. This is an easy way to build excitement and should help younger children to get to grips with numbers.
We’re all familiar with pin the tail on the donkey, but this fun printable version gives that party favourite a Halloween twist. Simply print out the friendly-looking black cat and stick it on the wall - or better yet on a pin board - with some blue tack. Then print the matching tails and attach a drawing pin to each. It’ll be down to the blindfolded children to find the right place for the tails!
For an extra bit of fun why not surround the picture of the cat with balloons, which will pop with a bang when your little ones miss completely? You can print out the cat itself here and the matching tails for pinning here.
A grown-up will be required to help younger children to cut out these masks but they can then be coloured in with pens, pencils or paints and made to look really festive. You may want to back them on durable card if your children are keen to wear the masks - they can then be secured with ribbon, string or elastic - ready for a good trick or treat session!
Your kids might not be up to The Times Crossword yet, so why not ease them in with these child-friendly Halloween versions? There are a few difficulty levels to choose from including the super-tricky one. As such they could be a great way to keep children amused while you enjoy a little me-time…
Mazes are great ways to keep children entertained and can be fantastic brain-training exercises too. You can encourage your children to attempt them in pencil in case they take a wrong turn, though an alternative could be to print out a few copies for failed attempts. For competitive types you might even want to make completing the maze a race! We’ve found this playful pumpkin maze and this spooky skull maze for them to try.
If your little monsters are keen to get their little monster friends round for a Halloween party you’ll be needing some suitably spooky invites. This printable Halloween party invite is nice and colourful and has lots of space for all the details. Encourage your children to fill them in themselves to get some good handwriting practice in.
Being cooped up on a rainy afternoon can drive little ones crazy, so having a word-search lined up can be a lifesaver. To give some added motivation why not challenge your children to find all the words within a certain amount of time - and award a prize for any who manage it? This selection of Halloween-themed word-searches comes with different levels of difficulty, enabling you to select the right one for your child’s age and ability…
No Halloween is complete without a well-lit pumpkin or two. Make yours extra decorative and super-spooky with these printable patterns. Once they’re printed you can trace them onto the pumpkin and cut out the shapes, though obviously smaller children will need a hand with the cutting part.
If pumpkin carving seems a little too ambitious for you and your brood, why not try an alternative use for stencils? These basic Halloween stencils can be printed and cut out for decorating all sorts. For example, you can use them with temporary glass paint to decorate the windows of your home. Or alternatively you can print them onto more durable card and cut them out for use decorating cupcakes with icing sugar or cocoa powder!
Even if you don’t have time for fancy dress this Halloween, there’s no need for your children to miss out entirely. These adorably designed paper dolls can be cut out using child-friendly scissors, to deliver lots of dressing-up fun. There are boy and girl designs to choose from, and each comes with cute little accessories - such as lantern trick or treat baskets, pirate eye patches and fairy wings!
Choosing a printer requires a lot of consideration as it can be costly to keep replacing a printer. You need to consider the purpose for the printer; the type of paper it will use; the amount of colour; budget; availability of ink cartridges/toners; speed and size.
Printers for College students
You would need a printer that is suitable for printing out your assignments, forms, notes, projects, research papers, photographs and maybe T-shirt transfers for t-shirts to wear on a night out with your friends.
Recommendations for your printer:
The most ideal type of printer for a college student is one that is simple and cheap as most college students are on a budget. If you are mainly printing paper, you should opt for a monochrome laser printer as they are more economical since the running costs are lower than an inkjet printer. However, avoid colour laser printers as they tend to be expensive especially if you are on a budget.
If you are working on projects where you would need to use a lot of colour, an inkjet printer would be more ideal especially a basic model which does not have unnecessary features such as scanning and Wi-Fi connection. A simple model will save you money and will not affect your printing quality.
Examples: Lexmark Impact, S305 Kodak ESP C310, HP Laser Jet Pro M1212nf (all-in-one printer)
Home Office Printing
Your ideal printer would be one that is suitable to print documents, newsletters, home-made posters, children’s projects or photos. You may not print very often however you would like a printer that is multipurpose and affordable.
Recommendations for your printer:
For a home office, it can be recommended that an inkjet printer would be the most appropriate as it is multipurpose from printing sharp image photographs to printing t-shirt transfers and various craft items. You can also purchase an all-in-one printer which contains a photocopier and scanner as well as the printer itself which is useful especially if you have a small space to keep your printer. There are some printers which would cost less than £85 therefore look around before making a final purchase.
Examples: Canon Pixma MX870, Kodak ESP 9250, HP DeskJet 1000
Printers for The Photographer
In order to get photos which are lab-quality photos, you would need a printer that can print in high resolution which can capture the range and depth of colour in your photographs.
Recommendations for your printer
To give you great prints, the most suitable printer would be a photo printer. Most photo printers are able to directly connect to your camera (PictBridge) and print a variety of sizes. Other types of printers which would be suitable are inkjet printers which could give you excellent quality photos and texts plus accept variety types of paper. However, ink cartridges do not last long thus supply costs are high plus they print slower than laser printers. Laser printers are unsuitable for printing photos as they produce poor photo quality and are not made for using with glossy photo stock.
Apart from the printer, you should also invest in quality photographic paper for the best results.
Examples: Canon Selphy CP780 which is a compact photo printer with a PictBridge
LCD Screens where you can preview and edit photos to make your images stand out like HP Photosmart A826
Multiple paper trays e.g. Canon Pixma MP630 enable you to switch from standard A4 text paper to 6x4-inch photo paper without changing printer settings or paper type.
All- in- one
Apart from printing, an all-in-one can copy, scan and fax. These are suitable if you have limited amount of space and are less expensive than buying many individual devices.
Recommendations for your printer
All-in-one inkjet printers are the most popular for the home as they are able to perform the different functions mentioned. They tend to be bulky therefore ensure that you adequate space on your desk before purchasing one.
All-in-one laser printers are suitable for the offices than homes as they can be bulky and expensive to purchase initially however in the long run, their running costs are lower than an inkjet printer.
Examples: Epson Stylus NX430 Small-in-One All-in-One (inkjet printer), HP LaserJet Pro 100 colour MFP M175a Colour Laser - Printer / copier / scanner (laser printer)
Before going out to purchase the printer, you should consider the brand where you could look at product reviews of the printers from different websites and perhaps recommendations from your friends.
If you buy a printer online, you have the customer’s right to return the product within 7 days after delivery if it’s damaged. Sometimes, it is advisable to go to a physical store to buy your printer as it is easier to return if you are not completely satisfied with the product.
Finally, decide whether to get an inkjet or a laser model, and a plain printer or an all-in-one and where you will be using it.
Ink is ink right? Wrong! Contrary to popular belief, there are various types of ink out there that all perform many different functions. Getting in the know about what types of inks are out there will certainly give you kudos points amongst you’re friends, not many people know this stuff!
According to a survey undertaken in February 2012 by Harris Interactive, a staggering 42% of US citizens admit to having at least one tattoo, now that is certainly a lot of ink! The origins of tattoo ink stem back thousands of years ago and have since evolved into the increasingly popular artist’s aid that it is today.
Most recent variations include UV light tattoos which create glow-in-the-dark body art work and easily removable permanent tattoos that can be erased with just a couple of laser sessions, as opposed to the laborious procedure of yesteryear which required near to 12 laser treatments to achieve results.
Despite its evident popularity tattoo ink has not been without its problems. Due to the fact that the substance is not regulated in the US, tattoo artists are given free rein to alter ink formulas, which can then lead to difficulty in distinguishing the exact components that make up certain tattoo inks. Traditionally, tattoo inks are made up of anti-fade and smudge components; no one wants to pay for a tattoo that will come off in the shower do they! However this often results in heavy and potentially harmful components such as particular metals, alcohols and chemicals being used.
A far cry from the arguably exciting nature of tattoo ink, the humble pen ink has a standardized formula and is heavily regulated in the US meaning this formula cannot be tampered with by different manufactures. Unlike tattoo ink, pen ink commonly uses dyes as opposed to pigments due to their ability to not clot or dry inside the actual pen.
Mirroring the vast differences between tattoo and pen ink, the ever useful printer ink certainly follows suit. Unlike tattoo ink with its often unknown elements, it is widely accepted that Printer ink is made up of four components colorants, binders, additives and carrier substances. However, similar to tattoo and pen ink, printer ink can be split into two categories: dye-based and pigment-based both of which offer different finishes and host their own benefits.
The type of printer will determine whether a dye-based or pigment-based ink is to be used which is ultimately important to remember. Nothing can be more annoying than purchasing ink that won’t work for your printer.
The differences between all these three ink types are clear and interesting to see. What’s even more interesting is to see the ways in which ink and its uses will evolve over the years to come. Who knows what ink could be used for in 10 years’ time, watch this space!
Whether you are using a business or a
personal printer, sometimes you might run into different issues that
can cause the printer to no longer function. This can be frustrating,
and it can sometimes be daunting to try to determine where the problem
is coming from. A variety of printer problems can occur from a simple
paper jam or unclear print results, to the printer completely not
working at all. If you're installing a brand new printer, it is a good
idea to look for various printer problems and solutions directly from
the manufacturer's website or owner's manual.
printer problems is as simple as reading the manual that comes with it.
A driver might not be installed properly. First, make sure your
printer's driver is installed completely and that your computer
recognizes the printer. If the driver is in fact installed, try to
print a test page. This usually gets the printer to "wake up" and begin
the printing process. If you have a paper jam, gently open up the
printer and look for the source of the problem. Never jerk, pull, or
yank the paper out, but instead slowly try to get it to come out by
pulling it gently and methodically.
Many times, a printer
problem is related to the quality of the print job itself. If a print
job comes out smeared or faded it could be a number of different
things. Check your printer's ink levels and make sure they are up to
par. Your printer may alert you if the ink cartridges are getting low,
but not all models will do this so you may need to manually check. If
the ink levels look good, try to clean the print heads. Most new
printer models have a feature that allows you to select this option
from the printer's main menu. It will then go through the process of
cleaning the print heads, resulting in clearer printouts. When
troubleshooting printer problems, make sure you are selecting options
that match your own make and model to ensure you can fix the printer
problem easily and safely.