Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Travel Bingo - freebie!

A few weeks ago I was starting to dread our upcoming 3 hour drive to Devon with our almost 3 year old. I'd been meaning to do a travel bingo game for some time but this was the perfect excuse to make it happen! I had looked online at a few versions but I felt that my toddler needed a very simple and colourful one to capture his young imagination. I didn't really know if he'd be too young for it. 

So off we went on our holiday with my son 'road testing' the prototype version of travel bingo, pictured below. He loved it!! It made our journey go so much quicker and I really started noticing how much my son was taking in his surroundings whilst playing. Although the 'free space' stars confused him, he wanted to wait until it got dark so he could see the stars! And we didn't see any pigs on our travels so I dropped the pigs (sorry pigs!). I also added a few more items when we got home, like a cow. I had sent the cards to some helpful followers on the facebook page who road tested it with their kids and it was great to hear that older kids enjoyed it too - and the stars seemed to confuse everyone! so no more stars!

Prototype travel bingo

I'm hoping to offer a freebie every month so this seems the perfect month to offer one card of the travel bingo as a free printable download. Perfect for the summer holidays and all those road trips. You can download your free PDF by clicking here. If you are on a tablet you might need to click on this link for a jpg version. You can print this as many times as you like and included in the download is a discount code for 25% off the full game. 

If you decide you and your kids have enjoyed the game then pop on over to the Etsy shop to download the full game. This includes 5 extra game cards (so 6 in total) which are loosely categorised into country, sea and city - although they should all work for most journeys. And some ideas for how to play although I think we can all make our own rules up! Don't forget your 25% off discount code - if you know you want the full game the code is FULLHOUSE
This version does have UK road signs. I'm hoping to do other versions soon for other countries. But if you know you are not going to see any icon on the card, just cross it out before you start playing!

I'd love to hear all about your car journeys and whether your children enjoyed playing the travel bingo game. Have fun and happy travels!

Cute as a button - alphabet buttons

One of my passions is typography, I love letters! So creating an alphabet out of buttons seemed like a natural thing to do... it ended up taking ages, but I love it! I asked people on the facebook page to suggest words for each letter which was a great help.
You can view all the letters in the shop here. For personalised prints please get in touch via the facebook page.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Miss Printables - the story so far...

Let me introduce myself, my name is Faye Brown. I've been a designer and animator for 15 years. Since having my own family I wanted to think of a way to design for children and parents - that was fun, useful and easily accessible. Miss Printables was born out of a passion for good design aimed at families.
The first product idea was to design food packaging. I found my son's shop bought ones kept getting squashed and ruined. I thought if I could design our own we could print out any new items as and when we needed them. Whilst this is essentially about a fun and valuable experience playing shops, older kids will also learn from how the boxes are constructed and folded into 3D forms.  
I love to hear feedback from any of the products. One mum who bought the food packaging suggested offering a version with plain boxes so the kids could draw their own designs on the card before folding into shape. I love that idea! (it's coming soon)

Printable food packaging available here

Cut out the templates, fold and stick!

After the food packaging came other ideas for imaginative play - a post office, travel set and a bank. In the making is also a doctors kit and a newsagents! 

A few of the printable items from the Post Office set

To keep updated on new products, special offers and freebies please follow the Miss Printables facebook page. You can also keep updated on the twitter page.

A warm welcome

Welcome to Miss Printables new blog. Here I will post up fun stories about the printable products, special offers and freebies. You can also keep in touch through the Miss Printables facebook page. All items for sale are in the Etsy shop. For any personalised items you may require please get in touch and I will do my best to provide you with whatever you need.

I love designing new products - if you have any requests or ideas please drop me a line via the facebook page.