Happy Easter from Spencil
We hope you all had a very Happy Easter! We celebrated the holiday this year with a Spencil Easter Egg Hunt online and a Design Your Own Easter Egg Competition in our Spencil stores, giving you the chance to WIN!
We also offered more prizes for telling us what you were doing to Make Easter Special, and selected runners-up in the Egg Designs because it was just too hard to pick.
Our Easter was fun-filled with giveaways from the 96Five Streetwise team and all these in store and online activities, and we loved sharing that all with you!
The lucky winner of our Spencil Easter Egg Hunt was Emily Hair who counted each and every egg hidden throughout our website and got the exact number of eggs!
Zanithia Lowther told us she was making her Easter special by “Making yummy treats with [her] Mum, doing Easter crafts and having an Easter Egg hunt with [her] cousins”.
We also received some awesome entries into the Design Your Own Egg Competition!
Our Winners were Siena and Enrique, and our Runners-Up were Jessica and Ava.
Check out their designs below!
Again, thank you to everyone who entered! We love sharing the Spencil fun around. For more chances to win, check out our Competitions page HERE .
PANDA’S NEW COLLECTION HAS ARRIVED!
published 29th March, 2017
The Spencil World is full of fun, cute and friendly characters to get to know, and this month we want to officially introduce you to PANDA!
Panda is our super loveable Flower Child. She’s obsessed with picking flowers, enjoying their sweet and delightful scents, and making flower crowns to dance around in. As she wanders through fields finding new and exciting flowers to smell, Panda makes a few friends along the way with all the beautiful lady beetles, birds and butterflies.
Panda’s favourite colours are psychedelic, groovy shades of green, pink, yellow and purple. We want you all to get into the Panda spirit and unleash your own grooovvvy style by designing your very own Panda Mask! You can adorn it with flowers, go crazy with colour, or maybe even add a little sparkle.
- Click here to download 1st Panda Mask
- Click here to download 2nd Panda Mask
- Click here to download 3rd Panda Mask
In celebration of the arrival of Panda’s Fashion Collection In Store and Online, when you design your Panda Mask, you have the chance to WIN a Panda Pack of your very own, along with a $50 Spencil Gift Voucher!
Our Spencil Panda Pack contains 1 x Pack of Panda Diamond Tip Gel Pens, 1 x Panda Diary, 1 x set of Panda Desk Drawers, 1 x Panda Jewellery Box and 1 x Panda Charm Bracelet.
To WIN, all see our Competitions page , or visit our store to grab a copy of 1 of 3 Panda Mask designs to personalise to your hearts desire. Let your creativity run wild and send your Panda Mask back to us to be in the running for our People’s Choice Winner. OR share a picture of you wearing your Panda mask with us via Instagram or Facebook using #SpencilPandaLove. To realllly make sure that we see it you can tag us on Instagram using @SpencilStyle, or share to our Facebook Page /sbgSpencil
Twelve of the World’s Weirdest and Wackiest Sports
Published: 16th March, 2017
There really is something for everyone…
1. Cheese Rolling
Source: Daily Mail
2. Jaffa Racing
Source: Otago Daily Mail
Source: The Weekly Review
Source: The Telegraph
6. Apple Racing
They say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, but it definitely falls far from the Huonville Bridge in The Great Huon Apple Race! Professional apple racers line up on the bridge and launch their apple off into the water and watch as it bobbles down the flowing river. And no, we’re not talking about iPhones and iPads! This sport doesn’t take a lot of skill, but it does take a good, crunchy and somewhat buoyant, apple. Apples cost $3 each or 4 for $10 – maybe not as cheap as your local grocer but contestants pay happily with all funds going to the Rotary Club of the Huon Valley. We reckon this is a sport that Granny Smith would be totally proud of.
Source: Huonville Blog
6. Ultimate Frisbee
Source: Adrenaline Bratislava
8. Hide and Seek
We’ve all played hide’n’seek, whether it was in the backyard, in the school grounds, at a party, or maybe it was just around the house during with your siblings. Many of us would class it as just a casual, playful game but there are many people around the world who are trying to make hide and seek a professional, recognised sport! In Italy they hold a Hide and Seek World Championship, and in Japan there is even a Hide-and-Seek Promotion Committee!
Source: The Sun
9. Unicycle Polo/Hockey
What do you get when you mix juggling with jogging? Joggling! And it’s exactly what you’d think it is…. a running-while-juggling race. Most jogglers will juggle three balls, or three juggling clubs while jogging, but any three objects are allowed, so you may see racers juggling things like bananas, or flame torches or even drumsticks. In The World Joggling Championships there are a number of different races that a joggler can sign up for, such as: the 100 metre sprint, or even the 1600 metre jog, plus there’s the team relays.
Source: The Joggler
11. Moustache Growing
No this isn’t a competition for men who grow beards magically fast, rather a contest to find the most artistic, whacky, out-there facial hair from across the globe. The World Beard and Moustache Championships are held every year and there are 18 different categories that competitors can be in. In a standard championship you’ll see men with moustaches that resemble roller coasters, goatees that spell out funny phrases and even beards that are shaped into scenes from films. Just imagine how much gel, mousse, wax and hairspray go into making this event happen, but we’re sure it’s all worth it to construct these weird and wonderful beards.
12. Cardboard Tube Dueling
Swords, shields, helmets and breastplates all made from the same material as the box you keep your cereal in…pretty nifty huh?! Cardboard Tube Dueling is all about making use of what you have lying around the house, and saving the world one recycled, cardboard sword at a time. According to an official statement by the Cardboard Tube Fighting League (yes, it’s real) this sport was started based on three principles: people need more ways to play and take themselves less seriously, events can be fun without alcohol, and cardboard sword fighting is fun. The logic is impeccable. And guess what!? We even have our very own Cardboard Tube Fighting League in Sydney, Australia! Where do we sign up??
Source: Yet Another Cycling Forum
Once you’ve found the Sport for you, make sure you’ve got all the equipment you need for training and competitions. Check out our range of Sports Bags, Drink Bottles and Sport-style Stationery to keep your “eye on the ball”.
11 Ways to Have Your Kids Coming Home with an Empty Lunchbox
Published: 10th March, 2017
1. Make it Colourful
We all know we eat with our eyes! The more vibrant and exciting a kid’s lunch looks, the more chance there is of them completely demolishing it all, with no crumbs left to spare. Why not try cutting sandwich shapes with a cookie-cutter to create an edible puzzle, or even pack a rainbow of veggie sticks; celery, carrot, capsicum, with a cloud of hummus to accompany it.
2. Team work makes the dream-work
Instead of doing all the hard work by yourself, involve your children in the fun of packing their lunchboxes. Choose a few recipes together and spend an afternoon making some lunchbox goodies as a team. Not only will your child take pride in what they’ve made, but soon they’ll be making their lunches by themselves and you’ll have more time for leisure and relaxation.
3. Let them be a little picky
When you’re compiling your weekly groceries list, outline some options that you’re willing to buy for the weekly lunches and let your child circle the ones they’d like most. For example, give them 5 choices of fruits, and let them choose their 2 most favourite, or give them a few sandwich meat options, and allows them to select one that gets their taste buds buzzing.
4. Snack Attack
Most kids have small stomachs, and prefer to graze rather than consume a huge meal all at once. Instead of packing a big container full of one sort of food, why not include small portions of a variety of foods. Cheese cubes, cherry tomatoes, salami slices, and dried apricots are all great options. It’ll keep them nibbling, salivating and satisfied throughout their school day.
5. Lunchbox Love Letters
All you need is a post-it note and a pen to brighten up your kid’s lunch break, if not their entire day! Write a little love-letter, with something like, “I’m proud of you honey. Enjoy your day,” and stick it to their sandwich. A simple gesture of love will bring help your child associate feelings of positivity with lunchtime.
6. Think Outside the Box
A sandwich isn’t the only option when it comes to lunch. We don’t eat the same thing for dinner every night, and we don’t have to eat the same thing for lunch either. Packing some of last night’s leftovers is always great option, or whip up a simple chicken salad to freshen up their day. If you’re in a rush, why not pick up a few sushi rolls on the way to school for a healthy and easy feast.
7. Only Pack Choccies
We’re just joking! We are huge advocates of a balanced lunch for kids especially when they’re learning in school and need the energy to focus and retain all of the information that they’re exposed to. Most of all though, to keep those growing bodies in tip top shape! A special treat once a week never hurts! Slip a sweet into their lunchbox on Friday to let them know how proud you are of their week’s efforts.
8. Texture, Texture, Texture
Involving a variety of textures in your kid’s lunchbox makes the whole experience of lunchtime much more exciting and adventurous. A soft sandwich, with a crunchy apple, beside a gooey yoghurt and a chewy sesame snap, could make for an irresistible combination.
9. Keen for the Canteen
Roster a no-lunchbox day once a month, where your child gets to go to school with no lunchbox! Instead they can take a portion of their pocket money to school, and choose something from the tuckshop. Not only will this help teach your child about saving and spending, but it’ll also give them something to look forward to each month. And not to worry, canteens nowadays are packed full of nutritious and delicious options.
10. Keep it Fresh
There’s nothing more unappetising than a soggy sandwich, a shattered biscuit or a squished blueberry muffin! Instead of letting the bin consume all your kid’s lunches, enlist the help of some air-tight containers to keep their snacks and lunches fresh and protected. Spencil’s range of cool and funky printed Lunch Bags and Boxes are perfect for making lunch fun, while keeping it chilled and perfectly packed. Check them out here.
11. Sweeten the Deal
They say it’s a parenting no-no, but we all know that a little bribe here and there can go a long way. Put a sticker chart of on the kitchen wall, and give your child a sticker for each day they come back home with an empty lunchbox. When they’ve reached 10 stickers (two school week’s worth of lunches), offer a fun shared experience as their reward, maybe a trip to the movies, a Sunday afternoon sundae with sprinkles and all, or maybe a trip to Spencil or visit to spencil.com to find a fun new item of stationery!
Our Design Your Own Book Cover Competition 2017
Published: 7th March, 2017
Every year we give you the chance to submit a design for the chance to have it printed on your very own Spencil Book Cover, which also becomes a part of our yearly back to school range.
Throughout January we had over 100 kids aged as young as 5 years old through to 14 years old send in entries for the competition and we were blown away by their creativity and talent! There was a mixture of watercolour, painted, graphic, chalk and sketch designs, all in beautiful range of colours and designs. We noticed a lot of you animal lovers out there had sent in pictures and drawings of cats, dogs, horses and even sharks! It was awesome.
With so many talented kids out there sending in their designs, we had a special Guest Judge join us to help us pick out a winner. Deb from Learn Through Play at Home went through all of the entries with her family and deliberated on who their favourite was. Here is what Deb had to say:
"Thanks to all the talented children who entered their creative pieces. It was very hard to choose a winner from such a varied lot of designs. Very impressive! To everyone that entered, we hope you continue to let your creativity flourish and look forward to seeing your future designs."
Then we opened the choice up to you with a Facebook voting campaign to find our People's Choice Winner, and we absolutely loved being able to share all of the amazing designs we received with our followers.
Now, without further adieu, the WINNERS of Spencil's Annual Design Your Own Book Cover Competition for 2017 are:
People's Choice: Amelia O'Hara - 6 Years Old
Amelia used chalk to design a beautiful Underwater artwork with Jellyfish, seaweed and coral
Judge's Choice: Lachie McDonald - 8 Years Old
Lachie showed incredible talent using watercolour to create a magnificent underwater Blue Whale design.
Here's what Deb had to say about Lachie's design:
"Overall, we couldn't go past 8 year old Lachie Macdonald's amazing watercolour whale. It was a unanimous favourite at our house, although there were plenty of other great designs that caught our eye. Congratulations Lachie, we can't wait to see your design in print!"
Our lucky winners receive 50 x A4 Spencil Book Covers with their design printed and a $100 Spencil Voucher each.
And because it was so hard to choose between so many wonderful and creative designs, we just had to do a RUNNER-UP PRIZE for the second most votes for People's Choice which goes to:
Ella Aldridge - 9 Years Old
Ella drew a very lovely and vibrant rainbow design.
Our Runner-Up will receive a $25 Spencil Gift Voucher!
Congratulations to our winners and thank you once again to everyone who entered, we loved each and every one of your designs.
Cover All Your Bases
published 30th January, 2017
We know how hard using contact is. We’ve tried ourselves and we know it’s no easy feat. Look, we’ll even admit to cutting corners just so the ordeal is over and done with. We decided we were done with the drama, so we started making our own range of Spencil Book Covers.
Now, we don’t even need to tell you why you need Book Covers in your life, they’re just so much easier.
But let us tell you why Spencil’s Book Covers are different:
1. They’re safe for kids
Our Spencil Book Covers are made from a non-toxic PVC that is considered safe by REACH standards. REACH stands for “Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation & Restriction of Chemicals” and has deemed our material as completely safe to use! PVC can be associated with many negative connotations, but the material that makes Spencil Book Covers is completely safe for kids!
2. They’re super affordable!
No matter the size, Spencil Book Covers are only $1.85!
3. They fit your books perfectly
We know how annoying it is when book covers move around because there’s too much room. It even leads to them breaking easier from tearing. Well we’ve made sure that all your books will fit nice and snug inside our Spencil Book Covers so you’ll forget you even applied them – it will be like as if your exercise and scrap books already came with those groovy covers!
4. You can even design your own!
Every year we give 2 lucky Spencil Stars the chance to win 50 x A4 Book Covers printed with their very own design, all you have to do is send in an original design to our team
5. It’s quick and easy
You can even get the kids to help! All you need is a book and a Spencil Book Cover and just insert the covers inside the sleeves.
Plus, watch just how many books we can cover with Spencil Book Covers in the same time it takes to cover ONE book with contact (even going as fast as we can).
Tips to Get Kids to do their Homework
published 30th January, 2017
As soon as the word “homework” is mentioned, most of us will groan and roll our eyes. Both school and the workplace are the same - no one really wants to be taking their work home – home is meant for fun and relaxation right? Well, in school, homework is still a major part of any child’s learning, whether they love it or hate it.
So, how do we learn to love homework? The hard truth is, it can’t be forced, instead we can focus on establishing a good study environment to spark motivation, creativity and thinking.
Here are some tips from Spencil to get into an effective homework routine:
Ask yourself what worked in the past:
Put some thought into previous successes with homework. Maybe it was having less distractions, maybe it was having a full stomach, or maybe there was something that actually made the work fun? Here at Spencil we make every effort to make work fun with our stationery! So maybe all you need are some fun pens and pencils, a fresh new book to write in, or maybe a cool new homework bag to make sure it all gets to and from school safely.
Just relax: Stress can be extremely counteractive for motivation, if you begin to feel burnt out, your mind stops working the way it usually does and you can’t concentrate, any work you create may not be up to scratch. If you’ve hit a wall, just take a break and come back to it later. Or maybe even distract yourself with something fun but still creative like arts and craft – it keeps your mind going but without the stress. Try using our Brush Tip or Glass Markers to get those creative juices flowing
Set structures in place: Setting some ground rules can really help to get into a better routine:
* Do homework at the same time each night as an allocated slot of the evening
* Set up an area in the house for homework to be done, maybe implement a “Homework Station” with tidy drawers filled with stationery dedicated to homework – to make things fun, add some colour with glitter markers like these
* If homework is not getting done, try reducing screen time so there is more allocated time to concentrate and complete work, and less distractions.
Maybe there’s a movie you’ve been wanting to take the kids to, or maybe there’s a particular Spencil product they’ve had their eye on. Don’t think of it as bribery, think of it as a gold star – if they get their work done on time and do a good job, why not reward them?
In the end – Homework is one of those things we just need to learn to love. It’s a vital part of learning and for those of us at work, it’s a necessity sometimes. So hey, if we need to get it done, why don’t we make it fun, colour and full of Spencil joy!
Spencil Design Your Own Cover Competition
published 25th January, 2017
The Spencil Book Cover Competition is back for 2017!
Time to let your kid’s creative side go wild and send in their best Book Cover design for your chance to get their entry published and put into the Spencil range! On top of this, the two winners will also receive a $100 Spencil Gift Card!
The Spencil Book Cover competition commenced as of Tuesday the 10th of January 2017, and entries will be accepted up until Friday the 10th of February 2017. There will be two overall winners picked, one of which will be chosen by our guest judge and the other from the Spencil Facebook community. Our guest judge is Learn With Play At Home blogger Deborah Alter-Rasche (pictured below), a primary school teacher who shares fun and creative activities for play based learning.
Debs is a strong believer that “childhood should be fun and that learning is a massive part of childhood” and we at Spencil love the idea of creative learning! Deb will be using her inner artist to pick one winner, while the other winner will be determined by which entry has the most Facebook ‘likes’ in the Spencil entries album, to be uploaded after submissions close.
This competition is open to any child 14 years or younger and we encourage them to be as creative as they want – Spencil is based around all things fun and imaginative and we would love to see what that means to your kids! Remember there’s no right or wrong way to design a cover – just give designing your own original cover a go! Take a look at last year’s competition winners and let your child’s imagination create their own unique design.
To get your entry in – Get your child to paint, draw, photograph, or design a cover any way they like! Get the design on an A4 sized piece of paper and then take a photo or scan your entry and email it to email@example.com
Here’s a few quick tips to help:
- Set up a free space for your child to draw, paint, or sketch a design and include a variety of colours to use
- Allow for plenty of copies for rough drafts, doodling, and final copies
- Encourage them to think of stories of their design
- Take a picture in good lighting to make sure we can see a good quality version of the entry
Don’t miss your chance to win some great Spencil Prizes! We’ve had some amazing entries already that we can’t wait to share! Make sure you submit your entry before the competition closes - for full details visit http://www.spencil.com.au/shopping/kids-zone/competitions.html
Make it A Spencil Christmas
published 21st December, 2016
Christmas time is here! At Spencil, our happy little elves have made some cracker gifts for your kids this year. Whether you need some exciting present ideas or quirky little stocking fillers, Spencil has what you’re looking for.
This year we’ve released a new range of Gift Packs specially put together by our Spencil Team so you can share the Spencil fun this year with a loved one.
Each gift pack comes beautifully boxed in our popular Pillow Boxes and are available in all your favourite Spencil characters. Whether your kids love our iconic Woof! Pups and Dogs, or wish Everyday was a Sundaes, want to share something special with their BFF like Lulu and Pearl, or turn arcade into reality with Pixel – we’ve got a pack for it! Our small, medium, and large gift packs let you pick which Spencil goodies to give these holidays.
If you’re all set for gift ideas but need some simple stocking fillers look no further. We’ve got some great bits and pieces to wrap up your Christmas shopping. Grab some fun pens like our ice-creams or alien pens or let them create the fun with our awesome brush tip art pens or nail pens. We’ve also got a quick pick range of paper stationery from Sticky Notes to Notepads to Diaries.
The Spencil jewellery range is another stocking winner this Christmas, our simple and cute bracelets come with a matching charm, and can be mixed and matched with plenty of space to add more, and a great selection of Spencil Characters charms to choose from.
For the lover of accessories, check out our range of keyrings, bag tags, and mini jar of hair ties.
Take a look at our range of Christmas presents online and stay in touch to hear about our Boxing Day Sales!
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New Store: Spencil North Lakes, Qld!
published 11th November, 2016
Join us as we celebrate the newest addition, Spencil North Lakes, QLD!
Westfield North Lakes is just about to unveil their brand new extension housing over 60 new stores, and we are so excited to announce that we are one of them.
Come along for the Grand Opening on 17th November 2016 for Free Events and Exciting Deals!
In our new Spencil store we will once again be offering our wonderful guests a SPENCIL SURPRISE.
Bring a long our Spencil Key to unlock more fun and take home your very own Spencil gift.
Our Westfield North Lakes store is our second permanent Spencil store in Queensland, along with Westfield Garden City.
Also, for a limited time, we have 2 POP-UP STORES for all your Christmas and Back-to-School shopping at Westfield Carindale and the Indooroopilly Shopping Centre.
Keep an eye out for our Back to School range that has just hit the shelves, with a selection of new Spencil Characters available to choose from!
Want a Spencil Store at your local shopping centre? Contact Us and let us know where you live and why you want a Spencil Store near you.
We’re so excited to continue spreading the Spencil Fun. Stay tuned in 2017!
For more information about the Spencil North Lakes Grand Opening, check out our Facebook Page, or visit the Westfield North Lakes website:
Spencil Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sbgSpencil/
Westfield North Lakes: https://www.westfield.com.au/northlakes
Learn how to create an Inspiration Board
published 27th September, 2016
Hey Spencil friends!
Hope you're having a blast so far these School Holidays. We've been super busy to make sure we have even more fun and exciting things to bring you for Back to School and especially Christmas!
Our creative ideas have been running so wild that we thought, hey... let's get crafty and make ourselves an Inspiration Board to track all of our brilliant ideas and to have little fun doing it. And fun is exactly what it was! We loved putting our inspiration board together so much that we wanted to share it with you, and show you how you can make one too!
Before we could get started we needed a canvas! For our Inspiration Board we used our Spencil Art Square Frame
|and added in a Fabric Art Square for some texture.||
|Next, we gathered a bunch of arts and craft pieces like Fabric, Paper and Ribbon. We used our favourite Spencil Woof Wrapping Paper.||
|Then we grabbed some other cool things that we liked, like stickers and pictures, this way our inspiration board really showed our personality. Then we gathered all our favourite Spencil art tools to have a little fun and add some colour, like Washi tape andColoured pens.||
|Soon our Inspiration board started