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A New Cure for Tween Boredom: the AtmosFlare 3D Pen

We received our AtmosFlare 3D pen for free in exchange for this review, and I have been compensated for my time to write it.  All views are my own, however.

Combine one crafty tween, one lazy afternoon, and one new artistic medium and what do you get?  Well, it ain’t boredom, that’s for sure!

Does your tween complain of being bored?? Maybe it's time to try something new, like a 3D pen. My tween had a blast!Last year we went on a college tour with the then-senior.  One of the neatest things we saw wasn’t officially part of the tour; it was in the library, in a back room.  There were several 3D printers in there, and they were in the middle of bringing student’s designs “to life,” as it were, giving actual dimension to what formerly had been just a drawing on paper.  It was fascinating to watch the printer arms move back and forth, their “printouts” growing taller with each pass.

So when we were given the opportunity to try out the AtmosFlare 3D pen, we grabbed at it.  What could be cooler than a marker that you could make OBJECTS with?

We received two ink cartridges with the 3D pen, a red one and a blue one.  The crafty tween immediately decided that with those colors, a Captain America shield would be the project of choice.  (I confess I had no quibble with that, since Chris Evans Steve Rogers is one of my heroes, too. 😉 )  She quickly devoured the Quick Start videos on the website and set to work.

The crafty tween offers the following suggestions for the creative process of using the 3D pen:

Does your tween complain of being bored?? Maybe it's time to try something new, like a 3D pen. My tween had a blast!

1) Make sure the light on the pen is turned on AS you work; otherwise the ink gets “goopy” and hard to work with.

2) Keep moving; otherwise the ink will get stuck in the pen and you’ll have to start over.

3) Use wax paper for a working surface.  That way you can set your project down and pick it back up again without fear of sticking.

4) Keep paper towels handy to wipe your hands, which you will probably need to do often, lol.

Now you and I both know that the average tween is always fighting “boredom.”  It can be tough to find new and exciting things for these world-weary individuals to do with the long and humdrum hours at their disposal.  Guess what?  A 3D pen is new enough and neat enough to fill this need.  My tween thoroughly enjoyed her time experimenting and creating with the AtmosFlare 3D pen.

Does your tween complain of being bored?? Maybe it's time to try something new, like a 3D pen. My tween had a blast!

And the result?  While she was unable to make a self-supporting shield constructed solely from the 3D ink, she did achieve a very respectable work of art using a vitamin bottle lid as a base.  I think as she has more opportunities to practice, her projects will become more and more exciting.  When a child is motivated by interest, there is no telling what they will come up with!Does your tween complain of being bored?? Maybe it's time to try something new, like a 3D pen. My tween had a blast!

Do you have a tween who needs some new excitement in their life?  A 3D pen may be just the answer!  You can purchase the AtmosFlare pen from their website or at Toys R Us and Best Buy.

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Ann Karako

Ann has been homeschooling for 20+ years and has graduated four children (one more to go). She believes that EVERY mom can CONFIDENTLY, COMPETENTLY -- and even CONTENTEDLY -- provide the COMPLETE high school education that her teen needs. Ann's website, AnnieandEverything.com, offers information, resources, and virtual hugs to help homeschool moms do just that. 

Ann has written Cure the Fear of Homeschooling High School: A Step-by-Step Manual for Research & Planning and Save Your Sanity While Homeschooling High School: Practical Principles for a Firm Foundation. She also founded the popular Facebook group called It's Not that Hard to Homeschool High School, which now has over 27K members; and recently she started the It's Not That Hard to Homeschool High School Podcast.

She and her family, including two dogs and three cats, live in rural Missouri.

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