Free printable Diwali rangoli patterns and Festival of Lights crafts

Hindus, Sikhs and Jains began celebrating Diwali, the Festival of Lights. In 2014, it began with Dhanteras on October 20 and moves to the official Diwali on October 23 and 24. Diwali, also spelled Deepavali, is the Hindu calendar new year. There's lots of feasting, decorating, worship, lighting of diya (lamps) and fireworks. Rangoli are special Hindu designs used in crafts and decorating. Here are free printable rangoli patterns for Diwali.  Free printable Diwali rangoli patterns and Festival of Lights crafts - Grand Rapids Holidays

Free Printable Kids Calendars to Color

 I write from several decades of teaching and homeschooling. I've found that one of the most challenging concepts for students to master is calendar skills. Reading a calendar is vital skills for personal organization and time management. Here are free printable children's calendars to help. Have students record events on their personal calendars. This provides a visual aid, frame of reference and content-to-life connections to teach calendar concepts. Besides marking time, calendars provide valuable math lessons too: counting, counting backwards, skip counting (by 2, 5 or 10), base ten concepts and place value, adding and subtracting Free Printable Children's Calendars to Color

Free Printable SVG Patterns for Crafts and Coloring Pages

Do you like scrapbooking, making homemade greeting cards or 3D crafts? Whether you use a paper die cutting machine like Cricut or make patterns free hand, you'll want these free printable SVG (scalable vector graphics) patterns. There are free printable patterns for Halloween, Christmas, Thanksgiving, Jewish holidays, Hanukkah, Dia de los Muertos, Valentine's Day, Easter, birthday, new baby, wedding and more. There are children's themes: pirates, flowers, princess, outer space and again, lots more. Use for coloring pages, crafts, homemade greeting cards, pumpkin carving patterns, invitations, party supplies, posters, preschool lesson plans, game-making and yet again, gobs of other uses. Heck, just click the dang link already to see what you're missing! You'll be glad you did! Free Printable SVG Patterns for Scrapbooking and Cricut Machines

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