Back to school: get organised with a Canon printer

Find out how a Canon printer can help you and your children prepare for the new school year and make learning fun.
A child sits on a smiling woman's knee colouring in printouts from a Canon PIXMA printer. Hands holding a smartphone can be seen in the background.

Most children love the school holidays, and nowadays there are more attractions than ever before to grab their attention, yet before you know it, it's time for your children to go back to school. A Canon printer can help harness some of that summer holiday enthusiasm and keep youngsters engaged with the preparations for the new school year.

Connecting PIXMA and SELPHY CP1500 printers to computers and mobile devices is simple, so the whole family can get involved. Children will also find it quick and easy to print using one of the many Canon print apps. Our guide to Canon's printing apps and software will help you choose the right tool for your project. Here's a few ideas to get started.

Hands holding a smartphone displaying a Canon print app. The image on the smartphone screen is emerging from the printer in the background.

The Canon PRINT app enables you to print from a smartphone – and if your children want to get creative with their school projects, they can edit and customise their own designs in the Canon Easy-PhotoPrint Editor or Creative Park apps.

1. Print out timetables

A white Canon SELPHY CP1500 printer printing an image of a young girl in school uniform. The image also contains a small QR code.

The Canon SELPHY CP1500 can print QR codes, so you could add links to clubs and organisations to your printouts for easy access to address details and timetables.

A top-down image of a person filling in dates for the month of September on a homemade calendar.

Use your Canon printer to turn your favourite family photos into personalised calendars, so you never miss an after-school club or playdate. You could even create small magnets using Canon Magnetic Photo Paper to attach your timetables and calendars to the fridge.

Art on a Monday, games on a Tuesday, science on a Wednesday. It's hard enough keeping track of everything that the various children and teens in your house need to remember for different lessons throughout the week – and that's before you get to after-school clubs and activities.

By printing out their timetables and sticking them up on a pinboard or onto the fridge, the whole family can see what they need to remember to bring in on any given day. No more dashing into reception to drop off a pair of forgotten football boots.

You can also print out calendars through the Easy-PhotoPrint Editor app where you can add in birthday parties, playdates or other upcoming family events and make a note of who is dropping off or collecting the children from school on any particular day.

Compatible with most PIXMA printers, the Canon PRINT app makes it easy to print wirelessly from your smartphone. You can also use the app to print from or scan to various cloud-based services, which many schools now rely on for in-class and homework assignments, including, Dropbox™, Google Classroom™, Google Drive™ and Microsoft OneDrive®. Most of the Canon PIXMA printers are also compatible with Apple® AirPrint® and Mopria® for Android after an initial setup, meaning you can print from any of your Apple products or Android devices at the press of a button from wherever you have a network connection.1

2. Add sticky labels to drinks bottles and lunchboxes

A white Canon printer prints out a small sheet of paper with the same image of a young girl repeated eight times.

Use the Canon SELPHY CP1500 printer to print your bespoke labels on square (KC-18IS, 54 x 54mm), credit card-sized (KC-18IF, 54 x 86mm) or mini (KC-18IL, 22 x 17.3mm) sticker papers.

A pair of hands can be seen carefully attaching a sticker with a photograph of a young girl on it to a green water bottle.

Simply peel off the backing and attach to your child's lunchbox or water bottle.

Many schools now ask children to bring in their own water bottle each day. But with unicorns, dinosaurs and certain cartoon characters high in the primary school popularity stakes, they can easily get mixed up.

Use the Canon SELPHY CP1500 compact printer to create your own customised labels for bottles, lunchboxes and glasses cases using Canon SELPHY sticker sheets, available in many different sizes, instead of plain paper used for printing photos or documents. The Canon SELPHY Photo Layout app has a Label Layout option so you can select a photo from your camera roll and customise it with text, stamps and colours. There's also the option to create mini labels, which enables you to print eight smaller images – identical or different – on one sheet.

Metal lunchbox? No problem. Simply use your Canon PIXMA printer to create your labels on Canon Magnetic Photo Paper. The stickers will adhere to the surface, and you can remove them when you need to give the lunchbox a wash.

3. Get creative with artwork

A black Canon printer prints a child's painting on Canon Magnetic Photo Paper. The original piece of art is on the table next to the printer.

You can print beautiful, durable images that are rich in detail so you can do justice to your children's artwork. If your printer has a scanner, you can also scan their art and print.

Artwork created by children is often made on paper with pencils, crayons, felt tips and paints. With the scanners built into most Canon PIXMA printers, or by using the Smartphone Copy option, it's quick and easy to bring your children's artwork into the digital realm, ready for printing, or simply for making direct copies of the originals. You can also scan from your smartphone with the Canon PRINT app. You could even print some on Canon Magnetic Photo Paper to display on the fridge, so you don't have to worry about the original getting dirty, torn or tatty. With each sheet of paper measuring only 10 x 15cm, you'll be able to display quite a few works of art at one time.

Another great option for displaying children's artwork is the Canon Photo Cube, which not only offers a smart way to store photos and square-shaped prints, but can also be decorated with images on the outside to personalise the look. Children can use it for showing off their favourite summer holiday snaps, or even for projects such as demonstrating the changing seasons. The Photo Cube comes with two ink cartridges and 40 sheets of square Photo Paper Plus Glossy II.

4. Design your own bookmarks

House-shaped bookmarks, created from Canon Creative Park templates, arranged on the open pages of a book.

Creative Park has a range of bookmark templates, including these cute house-shaped designs.

A top-down image of colourful exercise books, sheets of stickers and a Canon SELPHY CP1500 printing a picture of a young girl in school uniform.

SELPHY printers can be used with any smart devices, so you can quickly and easily make bookmarks and labels.

Youngsters can also use their PIXMA or SELPHY printers to design back-to-school bookmarks.

PIXMA users can find pre-designed bookmarks on the Creative Park website, including different types of animals, or even some cute penguin-shaped page markers.

The Canon SELPHY Photo Layout app gives you the option to create personalised bookmarks on your SELPHY CP1500. Select the Bookmark Layout option and the postcard size (100 x 148mm) paper and then decide whether you want your chosen images aligned to the top or bottom of the bookmark. The Bookmark Layout option is also useful for printing ID photos for bus or library cards.

5. Print without limits

A smiling woman and child sit at a table alongside a Canon PIXMA MegaTank printer. The woman is refilling the printer's ink tanks while the child is colouring in a printout.

If your printer is used regularly by the whole family, from school materials to home working, the Canon PIXMA G3570 Series of MegaTank printers have refillable ink tanks that can be a more economical option for high-volume printing.

For busy households with higher print volumes, the PIXMA G3570 Series is another good option. These MegaTank printers have large refillable tanks that are replenished by simple, mess-free ink bottles. A complete set of ink bottles delivers up to 8,1002 pages at a fraction of the price of cartridges, making running costs for high-volume printing much cheaper.

A new term brings organisational challenges for parents and carers as well as for children. These can be even greater when a child is starting a new academic year, or even joining a new school. With its versatility, flexibility and wide-ranging connectivity, Canon's range of printers can simplify the whole process, helping the whole family get organised, as well as bringing some fun and creativity along the way.

Written by Matthew Richards, Claire Gillo and Rachel Segal Hamilton

  1. Dropbox is a trademark of Dropbox, Inc.
    Google, Google Classroom and Google Drive are trademarks of Google LLC and this site is not endorsed by or affiliated with Google in any way.
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    Mopria is a trademark of Mopria Alliance, Inc.
  2. The economy mode reduces the black ink consumption by lowering the density, 26% more pages than the standard mode can be printed. Page Yield is the estimated value based on Canon individual test method using the ISO/IEC 29103 chart and continuous printing simulation with the replacement after initial setup.

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