Free Printable Christmas Cards and Ornaments to Color and Make

Many schools go on Christmas holiday vacation soon. Here are free printable Christmas cards to color, greeting cards, ornaments, decorations, gift tags and crafts. Put those eager beavers to work making greeting cards, holiday decorations, Christmas tree trimmings, gift tags, ornaments, gifts and crafts. All you need is a computer printer, paper, scissors and crayons and you have hours of entertainment for children and some work time for yourself.  Free Printable Christmas Coloring Cards, Ornaments and Craft Activities for Children 

Free Printable Advent Wreaths to Color and Make

Advent in the Catholic Christian church began Dec. 1, 2013. Each Sunday, Christians light one candle on the Advent wreath. Each candle symbolizes hope, expectation, preparation and joy at the Birth of Christ on Christmas. Want to make an Advent wreath with your children, classroom, Sunday School or day care? Here are free printable Advent wreaths. Help children explore the lovely tradition of the Advent wreath with these printable coloring, cut and paste wreaths.  Free Printable Advent Wreaths to Color, Cut and Paste

Free Printable Turkey Crafts for Thanksgiving

 What would the Thanksgiving holiday be for children without turkey crafts? I've been hunting web wide to bring you free printable Thanksgiving turkey crafts for your children, day care, homeschool, classroom, 4H group or scout troop. Free Printable Turkey Crafts for Thanksgiving

Free Printable Books for Children to Color and Read

Here in Michigan everyone is kvetching about how early it gets dark and how cold it is. We had the first below-freezing day. Our dune beach grass was coated with snow. Winter is upon us. Parents and teachers, looking for stuck-in-the-house activities for kids? How about free printable books to color and make? Lost of preschool themes. Free Printable Books for Children to Make and Read

Free Printable Hat Templates, Military Insignia to Color

Oh pooh. Halloween is over. No more dress up fun for a whole year, right? Wrong! The fun has only begun. And I'm your fun go-to with dress up crafts, homemade costumes, hat and costume templates, military insignia patterns and more. Create full costumes or just use for coloring activities. Rainy Day Recycle Bin Crafts for Kids--Homemade Hats

Free Doctor Who Masks to Print and Color for Halloween Costumes

We stumbled on Doctor Who in 2005, when my then 7-year-old saw previews, before it got big in the US. I'd never watched Doctor. All most of us knew was that is was some Brit sci-fi show. So being concerned but open-minded parents, we watched it with our daughter. She was hooked. If you are, then you'll want these free printable Doctor Who villain masks for Halloween! Weeping Angels, Peg Dolls--very scary.  These would maker terrific costume starters. Free Doctor Who Masks for Halloween Costumes--Creepy!

Free Trick-or-Treat Coloring Pages for Halloween Parties to Print

I've been blogging for over five years. I've got lots of blogs about free printables. What got me started was a request for daughter for "more coloring pages!" So how about, in honor of that little girl who is now in high school, printable Halloween and trick-or-treat coloring pages for children. Not too scary and lots of fun, these coloring pages are geared for preschool and elementary age kids. There are scary ones too--witches, Count Dracula, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, witch's brew with hidden pictures puzzle, smiling jack-o-lantern pumpkin color-your-own Halloween greeting card, mad scientist and Frankenstein Free Printable Halloween and Trick-or-Treat Coloring Pages

Free Printable Animals and Saints Crafts

How about free printable animal coloring pages and crafts to celebrate St. Francis's feast day on Oct. 4? Or saints coloring pages for All Saints Day? There are links for animals masks for Halloween, too! Read on Free Printable Saints, Animals Crafts for Feast of St. Francis

Free Educational Websites, Printable Learning Games For Kids

Researching kids' literature, I found a compilation of best educational websites for kids. There's a plethora of learning sites on arts, math, science, social studies, history, literature and more. Here's another list of free printable activities for kids, too. (Image is free clip art from ALSC) Free Educational Websites, Printable Learning Games For elementary, preschool, toddlers

Free Printable Paper Toys, Games for Preschool Kids

In the last eight years, I've developed a reputation as the "free printable queen." You raise an inquiring eyebrow. Meaning that I track down printable activities, lesson plans, coloring pages, crafts, games and worksheets. I write and blog about where to find them and I provide links. Check out this awesome site where I found this cute butterfly craft. Read more here Free Printable Paper Toys, Games for Preschool Kids and visit The Toymaker. 

Free Printable Yom Kippur Activities to Help Kids Understand Day of Atonement

Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, takes place in the month of Tishrei on the Hebrew calendar, ten days after Rosh HaShanah, the Jewish New Year. Here are free printable activities to explore Yom Kippur. Not being Jewish myself, I will not attempt to explain Yom Kippur, beyond saying that it is a high holy day in the Jewish calendar. I don't want to explain the celebration improperly. If you explore these links and activities, you will come to a fuller understanding of the Yom Kippur holiday.  Help kids, Jewish or gentile, learn more about this literally Awesome day. Free Printable Yom Kippur Activities

Free Printable May Day, Labor History Activities

Labor history is American (and world) history: it impacts every industry, occupation and person. Labor Day is celebrated on May Day worldwide, not September as it is in the U.S. And it's not about BBQs and picnics. It's about people who struggled to get fair working conditions for us all. Teachers and homeschoolers, why not educate students about unions with these free printable labor history lesson plans? I've listed websites, activities, worksheets, movies and books. Free Printable May Day, Labor History, Union Organizing Lesson Plans

Free Printable Super Mario Bros Coloring Pages

Every so often I feel like taking a walk down memory lane. Ninetendo Mario Brothers and Super Mario video and online games have been around for decades. From the early Nintendo 64, to the next big thing today. Super Mario games have mushroomed (pardon the pun) into an international icon for video gamers. Japanese anime style characters Mario the plumber and his brother Luigi the pizza guy battle in odd little scenarios.

It's not from my era. I'm older than the Super Mario craze And I don't get the big thrill but popular they are. Probably the most recognizable game of all time. In 2009, I started digging up retro free printable coloring pages and wrote articles with links. The articles went baaa-serko on page views. It was crazy-Iguess other people got the hankering for nostalgia too. I got through most 1980s cartoons, toys and TV shows. So just for fun, here's a Mario reprint. Free Printable Nintendo Super Mario Bros Coloring Page Activities

Free Printable Reading Activities, Literature Games, Book Crafts, Coloring Pages

Summer vacation means three months away from school. For kids, that's good news--for parents and teachers, it's a concern. Will students lose learning ground? Not with free summer reading activities. Use these free printable literature games, book crafts, online lessons and incentives to keep kids on educational track. Story coloring pages, worksheets, games, crafts--all the goodies you've come to expect from this blog--educational and fun!Free Summer Reading Activities, Literature Games, Printable Book Crafts

Free Printable Ramadan Activities and Islamic Faith Lesson Plans

In Muslim tradition, Ramadan is a holy season dedicated to spiritual activities, fasting and prayer. In 2013, Ramadan began July 9 and will go till August 7. Ramadan typically coincides with the western months of July and August. The month of Ramadan ends with Eid-ul-Fitr (often shortened to Eid or "lesser Eid"). This is a three-day period following the sawm (fast). For 2011, Ramadan begins on Aug. 1 and ends with Eid around Aug. 30 (or when the crescent moon appears). Here are free printable lessons on Islam and particularly Ramadan, for Muslim children and children of other faiths.  Free Ramadan Activities and Islamic Faith Instruction for Children 

Free Printable Cut and Paste Preschool Themes, Crafts, Lessons, Activities

Looking for free printable preschool and elementary cut and paste paper crafts for holidays, patriotic celebrations, religious themes, school themes, math activities, social studies and science crafts and lesson plans? Check out Making Learning Fun.It's a comprehensive website with hundreds of free printable activities, crafts, scissor crafts, cut and paste activities, lesson plans, math games, coloring pages, reading games, social studies activities, puzzles, science lessons and so much more. There are hundreds of free printable themed activities. Click here for a linked list of themes on everything from animals, seasons, weather, human body, childrens' literature, books, 100 day, science, social studies and more.  Free Printable Cut and Paste Preschool Themes, Crafts, Lessons and Activities

Free Printable Super Why Coloring Pages, Reading Worksheets, Games

 Super WHY! is an animated PBS preschool learning cartoon for kids ages 3-6. This interactive television show teaches children language arts, reading, writing, spelling, vocabulary and word skills. Use these free printable Super Why lesson plans, games, crafts, coloring pages and worksheets at home, in day care, at school or in summer enrichment. I've included companion activities. Free Printable Super Why Coloring Pages, Reading Worksheets, Games

Free Printable Father's Day Cards to Color

Father's Day can mean an extra strain on the budget, if you buy gifts and cards for dads, grandpas, step-dads, etc. Why not save yourself big money on cards by printing Father's Day cards? Children can color these free printable cards and personalize them for daddy, grampa, uncle, teacher, minister, priest, rabbi, any special man in their life. Free printable coloring page Father's Day cards do double duty as a craft for kids and a greeting card. Kaboose always a family and child friendly website, Kaboose has 12 free printable Father's Day coloring pages that can easily be made into cards for dads. Simply print the images smaller, on half sheets, using the 'zoom' or 'reduce' button on the printing page. Fold your 8 1/2 x 11 inch page in half, lengthwise or widthwise for a bi-fold greeting card. Be sure to include a loving message.  Free Printable Father's Day Cards to Color

Free Memorial Day Lesson Plans, Coloring Pages, Crafts, Activities

Memorial Day is a holiday rich in social and historical significance. All too often we educators lack the time to include a study of this holiday in our lesson plans. With the internet we have at our disposal, a wealth of resources for sharing information. Generous teachers have shared their time and talent, by providing simple, reproducible lessons for Memorial Day and other often overlooked holidays. These lessons cover a variety of content areas. I've tried to cull the very best of the web to bring you a list of resources that are free, easy to use and safe to print or explore. I could splash a bunch of teacher websites about, but most of us are already either familiar with these sources or could pull them up with a simple google search.Free Memorial Day Lesson Plans: Hands-On Cross-Curricular Lessons for Upper Elementary

Free Printable Mother's Day Cards to Color

Mother's Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of May. Looking for free printable crafts to make with children for Mother's Day? Children feel proud to make crafts for mom. Here are free printable cards that children can color themselves and give to mom. Family Fun has 10 free printable Mother's Day cards. Some are designed in black and white to be colored. The other cards that are designed in color, can be printed in black and white and made into coloring cards for Mother's Day. Set your printer properties to 'black cartridge' or 'print in grayscale' from the color option tab.  Free Printable Mother's Day Cards to Color

Free Printable Mother's Day Cards

Children love to make gifts for moms and grandmas on Mother's Day; with Mother's Day approaching, let them express their creativity with some design-your-own free printable cards and stationery. You can adjust the card making to the age of your child also. For your pre-readers, print coloring pages and cards. For children of reading and writing age, select the blank verse or poetry cards to encourage and practice creative writing skills. Here are sites with free cards and tutorials to print. Adults enjoy making these cards as well.
You can create Mother's Day cards with school groups, day care, scout troops, Sunday School or Religious Education, library groups and more. Teen babysitters: this is a great craft to keep your young charges occupied when you babysit also!  Free Printable Mother's Day Cards

Free Printable Brown Bear, Brown Bear Games, Crafts, Worksheets

"Brown Bear, Brown Bear, what do you see?" Thus begins a charming, eponymous preschool favorite by author Bill Martin and illustrator Eric Carle. Using simple cartoon pictures, preschoolers learn about colors, animals. patterns, math and also friendship. Here are free printable games, coloring pages, crafts, worksheets and learning activities from the children's literature classic, along with the companion Martin/Carle book "Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?" Free Printable Brown Bear, Brown Bear Games, Crafts, Worksheets

Free Printable Easter, Ascension Thursday Coloring Pages, Crafts

The Easter Triduum -- Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Vigil -- is the three most sacred days of the Catholic liturgical calendar. As homeschoolers, we spent Holy Week, from Palm Sunday to Easter, doing Lent activities. Here are free printable Catholic resources. And the season doesn't end on Easter Sunday. Catholics, Orthodox and some Christians celebrate it up to the Feast of the Ascension or Ascension Thursday, 40 days after Easter. Pope John Paul II spoke of the family as the primary educators of children. He encouraged families to set up altars in their home. Whether you homeschool your children or not, parents have a special vocation to teach the faith. These lessons, devotions and crafts help children and families explore that faith more deeply.  Read more

Free Printable American History, Presidents Coloring Pages

Presidents Day is celebrated the third Monday in February. It commemorates the lives to two great American Commanders-in-Chief (one of the President of the United State's many titles): George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. The day coincides with Lincoln's birthday on Feb.12 and Washington's birthday on Feb. 22. Teaching a unit U.S. presidents or looking for Presidents Day activities? Here are free printable worksheets, lesson plans, crafts, games and coloring pages. Free Printable Presidents Day Worksheets, Activities

Free Printable Oceanography, Sea Creatures Worksheets

Animal habitats and earth biomes are popular subjects in school curriculum. Depending on your school's science program, kids will study different habitats in various grades of their school career. In high school, wildlife biology classes look in-depth at earth biomes. Oceans are a favorite biome with kids. If you're studying oceanography or marine biology in school, here are free printable lesson plans and science worksheets. Homeschool parents, you can use these too.  Free Printable Oceanography, Sea Creatures Worksheets

Free Printable James Bond 007 Skyfall Coloring Pages

"Skyfall" is the 23rd James Bond 007 film. It aired in 2012 to coincide with the series' 50th anniversary. Daniel Craig is the sixth actor to portray Ian Fleming's debonaire UK MI-6 espionage agent. For fans of Agent 007 spy thrillers, here are free printable Skyfall coloring pages and images of James Bond lore. Free Printable James Bond 007 Skyfall Coloring Pages

Free Printable Paleontology, Bats, Fossils, Deserts, Caves Coloring Pages

Caves are one of nature's most alluring geological landforms. Caves are a separate biome. They've been used as dwelling places by animals and people. Mystics have sought divine enlightenment living as hermits in caves. Caves walls, like those at Lascaux in France were used by ancient peoples to record information through images. Teachers and homeschool families, if you're planning a unit on caves here are free printable lessons plans, Activities cover cave-related subjects: paleontology, bats, fossils, geology, spelunking and earth science. Free Printable Caves Lessons, Paleontology, Bats, Fossils, Deserts

Free Printable Animal Habitats Coloring Pages

The Detroit Children's Museum, now part of the newly-reopened Michigan Science Center has loads of hands on activities. The website offers free printable lesson plans to supplement learning stations at the museum. Happily, the activities can be used independent of a visit as stand-alone lessons. Teachers, homeschool families, parents, you can print directly from the website without needing an access pass (many museums require that you take a field trip to use their printable material). Here are free printable science lesson plans on animal habitats. Free Printable Animal Habitat Lesson Plans

Free Printable Winter Weather Activities, snowflakes, snowflake Coloring Pages

Speaking as a veteran teacher and homeschooler, I have found that children learn best when they are actively engaged. Planning a unit on weather, science or safety? Here are free printable coloring pages and activity booklets from the National Weather Service. To get your free printable weather lessons, go to Weather.gov. This link takes to you NOAA, National Atmospheric and Oceanic Adminstration's free printable brochures and materials page. Here you can print materials from the NWS and the Red Cross.  Free Printable Weather Activities and Coloring Pages

Free Printable Super Bowl football Coloring Pages

Super Bowl XLVII Sunday rolls around Feb 3, 2013.  You can't make it to New Orleans Mercedes-Benz Superdome to watch the faceoff between San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens. But no problem--you have invited a house full of friends. The food is ready, the remote at hand. Then your wife (who hates football) decides to leave the children with you and go shopping. Here are free printable Super Bowl 2013 coloring pages, games, word puzzles and crafts, to entertain the kiddies so you can enjoy the game. If your kids love the Super Bowl like you but can't last the whole show, these free printable activities will keep them out of mischief when they get restless. Yes, I know--I'm a goddess. You're welcome. Free Printable Super Bowl Coloring Pages

Free Printable Super Bowl Crafts, Puzzles

Super Bowl Sunday rolls around and you have invited a house full of friends. The food is ready, the remote at hand. One problem. Your wife decides to leave the children with you and go shopping. Here are free printable Super Bowl coloring pages, games, word puzzles and crafts, to entertain the kiddies so you can enjoy the game. If your kids love the Super Bowl like you but can't last the whole show, these free printable activities will keep them out of mischief when they get restless. You might even use these with your friends if the half-time activities get boring.  Free Printable Super Bowl and Football Coloring Pages

Free Printable Pagan Imbolc Activities, Wiccan Sabbat Crafts

Much is known about Christian and national holidays. Many Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Sikh and Hindu celebrations are familiar. The holidays that are least known (and ironcially some of the oldest) are pagan or wiccan. I don't practice Wicca, but as a homeschool parent and teacher, I explore different cultures. If you're a pagan parent or homeschooler or you're teaching world religions, here are free printable Wiccan crafts, coloring pages and resources for holidays (or sabbats).  Imbolc Coloring Pages

Free Printable Catholic Coloring Pages

In May and October, Catholics and Orthodox celebrate our Blessed Mother Mary in a special way. She has several feast days throughout the year: the feast of the Immaculate Conception (Dec. 8), Solemnity of Mary (Jan. 1), the Annunciation (Mar. 25--not a holy day of obligation) and the Assumption (Aug. 15). Our Lady shows us to pray the rosary; the Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious and Luminous Mysteries. The rosary, given to us by Mary, Mother of God, helps us to focus our minds and hearts on her Son Jesus. Here are  Free Printable Rosary, Blessed Virgin Mary Coloring Pages, Activities

Free Printable 2016 Personalized Coloring Page Calendars

Do you keep a personal or family calendar? If you're like me, you have several calendars going: bill payment, financial organizer, individual kid calendars, work schedules, family events. Here is a tool to personalize, customize and design your calendars. Make coloring page calendars with animal, Bible, holiday, fantasy and cartoon character calendars. The calendar creator tool is free to use and customize. Make personalized free printable calendars for everyone this holiday season. Print calendars in color for older family members and make color your own calendars for children. You might also print all the calendars in black and white and ask children to color images and give colored calendars as gifts. This makes a great service project or New Years lesson plan. Read more

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