Free Printable Epiphany Activities, Three Kings Day Party Crafts

Epiphany is celebrated the Twelfth Night after Christmas on Jan. 6. Epiphany, or Three Kings' Day, commemorates the visit of the Magi or Wisemen to the Christ Child in Bethlehem. Here are free printable Epiphany games and crafts to celebrate Three Kings Day. Epiphany is the gift-giving holiday in many countries. Many cultures and traditions have parties to celebrate the coming of the Wisemen to visit and honor baby Jesus. Print and enjoy these holiday crafts for Epiphany.  Read more

Free Printable One Direction Coloring Pages, Online Activities

"One Direction" is an uber-hot new boy band from the United Kingdom. The group consists of five young men: Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne and Harry Styles. One Direction is best known for their songs: "One Thing","Live While We're Young" and "What Makes You Beautiful." Their dance-pop music and trendy, gangnam dress style makes them very popular with tweens and teens. Looking for free printable activities based on One Direction? Here are coloring pages, games, crafts and puzzles featuring the lads. (Several of my fellow castmates in "A Tuna Christmas"--a play I'm currently doing, will LOVE these!) read more

Free Printable Manger Scenes to Color

When our eldest was small, she loved (and I mean LOVED) to color. For reasons known only to a toddler, she  referred to her crayons as her "I go colors." We do not know if this was a statement of intent turned noun. Perhaps it was just easier for her to say. At any rate, we observed the "I go color" ritual religiously. I guess that's why I host a blog about free coloring pages. In our home, the crayon and all the creativity and joy it stood for was sacred. Anyway, enough family triva. Here are free printable Christms manger scenes to color. Print these free nativity sets children. Each manger scene has several pieces (Baby Jesus, Mary and Joseph, wisemen, angels, shepherds and animals). Use for decoration and to teach Christmas Bible stories. When I made these, I had kids color one part of the nativity scend each day of advent to countdown to Christmas. read more

Free Printable Solar System Coloring Pages

How about some educational coloring pages today? Just in time for fall and winter stargazing parties, here are free printable solar system coloring pages. These links provide interactive earth science activities. You can print booklets, coloring pages, dioramas and 3D models. Topics includes astronomy, solar system, earth's poles and magnetism, earth's sun, earth's moon and other relevant lessons. These printable activities work well for teachers, homeschoolers and scout leaders (for various science badges).  Coloring pages are appropriate for all ages from preschool to high school (great for special needs science classes that require hands-on activities) read more

Thanksgiving Coloring Crafts and Printables

Ready for some fun Thanksgiving Day goodies? Here are free Thanksgiving lessons and crafts that focus on harvest, native Americans and pilgrims. Oh and of course, turkeys! The internet is of cute, free holiday craft activities for Thanksgiving. Click here for Thanksgiving pilgrims crafts, lesson plans, games, activities and  printables. I did mention free, right? Use these at home, in school, scouts, day care or with seniors for Thanksgiving parties. Free Printable Thanksgiving Crafts and Activities

Free Printable Diwali Coloring Pages, Rangoli Crafts

Diwali, also sometimes called Deepavali, is the Hindu new year. It's a five-day festival celebrated by Sikhs, Hindus and Jains around the world. It's called the "festival of lights" and honors the deities Ganesha (the elephant-headed goddess, that's her on the left) and Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity. Diwali 2012 is celebrated from November 13-17 in the western calendar. Diwali means "garland of lights" (or row of lights) in Sanskrit and is referred to as the "Festival of lights." In the Indian calendar, Diwali is celebrated in late Ashwin (September-October) and ends in early Kartika (October-November). Here are printable Diwali coloring pages and decorative paper crafts called "rangoli." Free Printable Diwali Coloring Pages, Rangoli Crafts

Free Printable Sunday School Coloring Pages for Kids

I have many happy memories of Sunday School. 40 some years ago, we considered ourselves lucky to be able to color in Sunday School. I had a few coloring books, but they were well-used. So new coloring pages were a real treat. With the internet, we have access to lots of free printable coloring pages. I've written articles about free printable Bible, Sunday School and VBS coloring pages.  Perhaps you want something more than just coloring pages for your Sunday School. Here are several websites with free printable craft activities for Religious Education, CCD, VBS, Christian School or homeschool. Free printable paper crafts are interactive and educational. Kids get to practice in fine motor skills: cut, assemble, paste, color and fold. These activities are hands-on and lots of fun.  Read on Free Printable Bible Craft Activities

Free Printable Activities from 'The Hunger Games' Book, Movie

To say that the "The Hunger Games," by Suzanne Collins, is popular, is like saying Dr. Seuss writes cute stories. "The Hunger Games" books took the middle school readers by literature storm of hurricane proportions. "The Hunger Games" movie blasted to top spot when it came out in March. The saga continues in "Catching Fire" and "Mockingjay," neither of which remain long on book shelves and both of which will be equally epic movies (if my Spidey senses are anything to go by). My hard to please literati family loved books and movies, from 14-year-old daughter, to adult sons to 48-year-old husband.

Planning to teach a unit on "The Hunger Games" books or movie? Here are free printable lesson plans and activities for several different content areas. Even older kids will love the coloring pages of Katniss, Peeta and the residents of the Capital. As for age level, the movie is acceptable for most ages, but the books are graphic. I recommend using "The Hunger Games" books with kids over 12. Read on for  Free Printable Activities from 'The Hunger Games' Book, Movie 

Free Printable Kids Car Games, Coloring, Activities, Puzzles

Are we there yet? This has to be the most oft-asked question from kids on car trips or vacations. When these questions start, it can make for a very long, tedious ride. That's why smart parents plan ahead in order to circumvent the complaints on car trips. Games make good boredom-busters and whining-stoppers. Here are free printable car games to stave off ennui and keep kids happily occupied on road trips. Free Printable Kids' Car Games, Activities, Puzzles

Free Printable Rosh Hashanah Coloring Pages for Jewish Families

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, begins the Days of Awe which end with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. Here are free printable coloring pages, crafts, greeting cards and party decorations to celebrate Rosh Hashanah. There are also devotional activities, videos and online books to help kids prepare observe the Days of Awe. Non Jews may wish to explore this lovely holiday season and these resources provide good ways to do that. (This article was written for Sukkot with is coming up in October, but the Hebrew web resources listed have in information on the other holy days, too Here are free printable activities to teach about Rosh HaShanah.  Free Printable Days of Awe Coloring Pages

Free Printable Eastern Orthodox Catholic Coloring Activities

September 1 marks the Eastern Orthodox Church's new liturgical year. The Christian Orthodox church, whose branches include Russian, Ukrainian, Slavic, Slavonic and Greek Orthodox, is linked to the Byzantine Church. The eastern rite churches follow most of the same practices as the Christian Catholic church, such as veneration of saints, icons, holy relics and martyrs. Here are free printable coloring pages, activities and lesson plans to celebrate Orthodox new year. Read more  Free Printable Eastern Orthodox Catholic Coloring Activities 

Free Printable Doctor Who Coloring Pages, Crafts, Games, Activities

BBC's sci-fi show "Doctor Who" celebrates its 50th birthday in 2013. My youngest daughter discovered Doctor Who in 2005 when she was seven. The current Time Lord was the Ninth Doctor, Christopher Eccleston. The current Eleventh Doctor is Matt Smith. If you love galaxy hopping in the TARDIS, and battling Cybermen and Daleks here are free printable Doctor Who coloring pages to extend your adventures. Free Printable Doctor Who Coloring Pages, Crafts, Games, Activities 

Free Printable Mars Rover Curiosity Coloring Pages, Activities

Houston, the eagle (well, rover) has landed. NASA's Mars rover "Curiosity" set foot on the red planet August 5, 2012. Here are free printable Mars rover Curiosity cut and paste paper crafts, coloring pages and lesson plans. Educators, why go back to school with a Mars party? Use these Mars Curiosity rover lessons to create inspiring, engaging science fun.  Free Printable Lessons on NASA's Mars Rover Curiosity 

Free Printable Very Hungry Caterpillar Coloring Pages

Eric Carle is a beloved childrens' illustrator and author. Carle has written of dozens of books about insects and animals. Here are free printable cut and paste crafts, games, activities, lessons, puzzles and coloring pages from Eric Carle's best known book The Very Hungry Caterpillar. In the story The Very Hungry Caterpillar, a little caterpillar eats his way through different foods each day of the week. The Very Hungry Caterpillar is used in preschool and kindergarten classrooms teach and explore caterpillars and butterflies, sequencing and days of the week. For printable coloring pages click here. Free Printable Eric Carle Activities from The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Free Printable Animal Habitat Diorama Activities

Just in time for back to school, here are free printable habitat dioramas. A dioramas is the perfect interactive activity for exploring concepts. Dioramas, or 3D (three dimensional) scenes, help students gain perspective on the relationship of items in the diorama. Diorama activities work very well for habitat and life science concepts. As students assemble a habitat diorama, they begin to understand how animals and plants interact with their environment. Click here for free printable dioramas Coloring, Cut and Paste Activities: Free Printable Habitat Dioramas

Free Printable Summer Olympics Crafts, Games for Preschool, Early Childhood

The 2012 Summer Olympics kicked off on July 27 in London, England. They'll run through August 12. Looking for hands-on activities to engage young ones in the Olympic festivities (or keep them occupied so that you can enjoy the events)? Look no further--here's an assortment of Olympic-sized goodies for the youngest fans. Preschoolers and early elementary kids will love these activities designed especially for them. Free Printable Summer Olympics Crafts, Games for Preschool, Early Childhood 

Free Printable Bible Coloring Activities--Old Testament, New Testament Stories

Teaching VBS- Vacation Bible School this summer? Or maybe your gearing up for Sunday School, Christian school, Hebrew school or homeschool in the fall? You will want these links for free printable Bible story, old testament and new testament coloring pages. Here are hundreds of free printable Bible story coloring pages from the old testament and new testament. The first five books of the Christian bible come from the Jewish Torah or Pentateuch. The Christian tradition shares many of the Jewish stories and traditions, so both families of both faiths can use these coloring pages to teach their families religious education. Free Printable Bible Coloring Page Activities: Old Testament and New Testament Stories

Free Printable Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted Coloring Pages

Many of us love the Madagascar movies. With the recent release of "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted," it's time to think coloring pages. I created this list of coloring pages for "Madagascar 2 Escape 2 Africa," which has many of the same friends as the new film--Alex the lion, Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe, Gloria the hippo, the lemurs Mort, Maurice, Julien, Moto-moto and Makunga. Don't forget the penguins Skipper and Kowalski. We enjoy the voice talents of Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sacha Baren Cohen, David Schwimmer, the late Bernie Mac, Will I. Am, Cedric the Entertainer, Alec Baldwin and others.  Here are coloring pages to enjoy-- Free Printable Madagascar 2 Escape 2 Africa Coloring Pages. The link will take you to Kung Fu Panda coloring pages, but you can find Madagascar coloring pages on the same site. For more coloring pages from Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, visit Coloring-Book.info (this link takes you to 24 pages specifically from that movie). 

Free Printable Disney Brave Coloring Activities

 Looking for a new Disney princess that's not quite as sugar-coated as the standard fare? Why not check out Merida from Disney's newest Pixar release "Brave?" Merida is definitely no Cinderella. She's more akin to Lady Macbeth (minus that nasty business of murder) than Sleeping Beauty. If you liked the movie "Brave," which premiered on June 10, 2012, you'll want these free printable coloring pages and activities from the film. Print coloring pages (found on this blog ) from Brave, How to Train Your Dragon, Dragon Tales, Chinese New Year and Jane and the Dragon for a Dragon themed party! Free Printable Brave Movie Coloring Activities


Free Printable American Patriotic Crafts, Coloring Pages for 4th of July

"Family Fun" magazine is well-named--cover to cover, each issue is loaded with recipes, games, crafts, activities and free printable fun. Here is a list of free printable patriotic and all-American-themed craft activities for 4th of July and Memorial Day. Use these for American history lessons, too. Start at the homepage because Family Fun is chock full of great crafts. If I began by linking you to individual activities, you may miss out on the wealth of other crafts with similar themes. For example, on the home page you'll find a link to '36 Cool Summer Crafts' and 'Best Ever Birthday Parties'. Some of the patriotic crafts will show up on these types of pages, also. So be sure to do some clicking about the Family Fun website. Okay, now for some specific patriotic and American games, puzzles, activities and crafts Free Printable All American Patriotic Summer Crafts

Free Printable Alvin and the Chipmunks Coloring Pages

Just in time for the new video release of 'Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked' movie, here are free coloring pages. Alvin and the Chipmunks, Disney's newest full-length animated feature is a remake of a wonderful kids cartoon from the late 1950's and 1960's. As kids, we used to enjoy Alvin, Simon and Theodore on LP (Long Playing) record albums. These silly chipmunks are the quintessential fun-loving, totally zany and funny classic cartoon characters we've grown to love. Check out these links for free printable 'Alvin and the Chipmunks' coloring pages for your kids to enjoy.  Free Alvin and the Chipmunks Coloring Pages 

Free Printable Where the Wild Things Are Coloring and Activities

What better way to bid farewell to kids' author/illustrator Maurice Sendak, who passed away May 8, 2012, than by enjoying his works. The Where the Wild Things Are movie premiered October 16, 2009. Based on  Sendak's beloved childrens' book, the movie 'wildly' popular, too. Need free printable coloring, games, activities and lesson plans from WTWTA? Then you have come to the right place. Read on for links to free printable coloring pages, word search, crossword puzzle, lesson plans and activities. Let's start with the free printable Where the Wild Things Are coloring pages, because that's what people want most. Free Printable 'Where the Wild Things Are' Coloring and Activities 

Free Printable Mothers Day Coloring Pages, Craft Activities

 Mothers Day, celebrated the second Sunday of May, is a perfect holiday for children to enjoy making crafts, cards and presents for mom. Here's a whole list of free printable crafts, greeting cards, decorations, activities, games and presents for Mother's Day. Make cute crafts for moms, grandmothers, aunts, God-mothers, teachers, day care providers, any woman that you want to remember this Mother's Day. Moms will love the homemade, kid-created gifts of love.  Free Printable Mother's Day Craft Activities 

Free Online Angry Birds Game App and Printable Coloring Pages

Angry Birds, by Rovio Mobile of Finland, is a mind-bendingly popular iPad, iPod and iPhone touch screen game. Using the super powers of the Angry Birds, players defeat greedy pig farmers. It's kind of simplistic, silly game, but hey, a little silliness never hurt anyone, right? Looking for Angry Birds freebies? Look no further. Here are free Angry Birds online sites, mobile cellphone apps and printable coloring pages. Click here Free Online Angry Birds Game App and Printable Coloring Pages 

Free Printable Peter Rabbit, Beatrix Potter Story Animal Crafts, Coloring Pages

Beatrix Potter, born 1866, is best known for her childrens' book series The Tale of Peter Rabbit, featuring little woodland creatures. Here is a list of internet websites with free printable Peter Rabbit and Beatrix Potter character coloring pages and crafts. An avid botanist and lover of wildlife, Beatrix Potter was dedicated to preserving her beloved area in the Lake District in England. Her detailed watercolor illustrations are loved by children the world over. Read more at  Free Printable Peter Rabbit and Beatrix Potter Character Crafts and Coloring Pages

Free Printable Lorax Coloring, Dr. Seuss Coloring Pages

March 2 marked the birthday of an American icon. Dr. Seuss, aka Theodore Geisel or Theo LeSieg. Dr. Seuss wrote pearls of wisdom in electric color and silly verse. The Lorax, Horton, the Grinch, The Cat in the Hat: here are free printable Dr. Seuss activities. March is National Reading Month, kicked off with Read Across America. In honor of Dr. Seuss and National Reading Month, the newest Seuss full-length cartoon, "The Lorax" was released. Use these activities to celebrate with children in classrooms or homeschool. Free Printable Dr. Seuss Coloring Pages

Free Printable Jewish Passover Activities, Coloring Pages, Games, Crafts

Passover or Pesach, is the highest celebration in the Jewish Hebrew calendar. Passover is an eight day holiday, beginning with two days of no work, four days of limited work and ending with two days of no work. The passover celebration includes several Seder meals, with roast lamb, bitter herbs and matzo bread. Passover commemorates the passing over of the angel of death during the ten plagues of Egypt. God punished the Egyptians for the enslavement of the Hebrews. First born male infants were to die unless the blood of a lamb was put on the lintels and door posts. Passover, or Pesach, is part of Christian calendar as well; it was at their passover meal that Jesus instituted the Holy Eucharist or communion. This article is about Purim, but the links are the same for Passover. Read more at Free Printable Jewish Passover Activities

Free Printable St.Patrick's Day Crafts, Activities

St. Patrick's Day is a feast day, celebrated on March 17, in the Catholic liturgical calendar. Like Valentine's Day, it has also become a major U.S. holiday. Patricus, a Roman Briton was taken from his home as a slave, but returned as a bishop to bring Christianity to Ireland. Speaking as a descendant of Irish immigrants, I'd like to see the day celebrated with fewer green shamrocks and more focus on the religious and cultural significance of the holiday. Here are ways to celebrate the man we call St. Patrick and explore Irish traditions with kids. You'll find lots of great printable coloring pages, Celtic and Irish crafts, lesson plans and fun! Read more at Celebrating St. Patrick's Day, Irish history with children

Free Printable Berenstain Bears Coloring Pages and Activities

The Berenstain Bears, created by the husband and wife team of Stan and Jan Berenstain have been loved by children and adults for over four decades. The Berenstain Bears first book, The Big Honey Hunt, was published in 1962. Stan and Jan Berenstain went on to collaborate with Dr. Seuss (Theodore Geisel) for the Beginner Books reading series. The characters in the Berenstain Bears began with Papa Bear, Mama Bear and Small Bear. Small Bear became Brother Bear with the birth of Sister Bear and later the baby Honey Bear. Read more at Free Printable Berenstain Bears Coloring Pages and Activities

Free Printable Catholic Saints Paper Dolls and Coloring Page Activities

It's been inspiring to see that my most popular articles have been those about Ash Wednesday, Lent, Catholic faith and free printable homeschooling lesson plans activities. Here is yet another free printable Catholic activities website. I enjoy looking for free printable cartoon coloring pages, but my real passion lies in finding homeschooling and religious education free printables. I remember my early teaching days and late homeschooling career, sans computer. I must have made thousands of charts, drawings, graphs, games, etc. Alas, I am woefully inept as an artist, so the lesson plans that required drawing skills...lacked. But now, with the beauty of the Internet, we have access to free printable lesson plans, coloring pages, cut and paste crafts, games and activities. Read more at Free Printable Catholic Saints Paper Dolls and Coloring Page Activities

Free Printable Holiday Coloring Pages

Are you looking for a good seasonal and holiday coloring pages website? Check out Fisher-Price. Fisher-Price has free printable coloring pages for Fall, Winter, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Valentine's Day, Easter, Mothers Day and Fathers Day. These coloring page greeting cards make excellent valentines for classroom exchanges. Read more at Free Printable Seasonal and Holiday Greeting Cards and Coloring Pages

Free Printable Chinese New Year Crafts and Lesson Plans

Free Printable Chinese New Year Crafts and Lesson Plans The Chinese New Year is celebrated on the Gregorian (western) calendar in late January to early February. Each year is a different animal theme, (2012 is Year of the Dragon), in the 12-year Chinese Zodiac rotation. If you were born this year or 12, 24, 48, 60, 72 or 90 years ago, you're a dragon (like me!) Be sure to wish fellow dragons, "Gong Xi Fa Cai." Here are free printable coloring pages and crafts to celebrate the Chinese New Year. free printable Chinese New Year coloring pages

Free Printable Winter Season Coloring Pages and Craft Activities

The winter season is a popular theme in preschool and early elementary. In science, the winter season makes an ideal focus for chemistry, physics, earth and life science topics. In social studies, students might explore winter-specific holidays and religious celebrations, like Yule, Saturnalia and the December solstice. Concepts are adaptable across different curricula: writing, math, reading, literature, art and crafts. Here are free printable winter season activities. Most are interactive, hands-on project-type activities. Lots of coloring pages and snowflake designs, too! Perfect for special needs kids, preschoolers, day care and winter-themed party decorations. Free Printable Winter Season Coloring, Crafts, Activities 

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