Free printable New Year's Eve party decorations, New Year crafts, games, lessons | Examiner.com

Planning a New Year's Eve or New Year's Day party? Are you finding it hard to keep kids happily productive and as you prepare for the party? Why not involve children in the holiday decoration making? Here are free printable New Year crafts, party decorations, games and activities. For the most economical printing, set your printer to "draft" and "black ink cartridge only." Printing activities in black and white turns them into coloring pages which kids can color--value added! You can save lots of money on printing ink and still get a nice quality print-out.  Free printable New Year's Eve party decorations, New Year crafts, games, lessons | Examiner.com

Free printable Bible Christmas coloring pages: Birth of Jesus, Catholic rosary Joyful Mysteries

 For Catholic Christians, Christmas is about more than just presents, Santa Claus and ornaments. The feast of Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus. If you celebrate Christmas as the birth of Jesus, here are free printable religious Christmas coloring pages. Share the Bible story of Christmas with children. These free printable Bible Christmas coloring pages come directly from the Catholic Joyful Mysteries of the rosary and are perfect for homeschool, Christian groups, Catholic and parochial schools, Sunday School and religious education. Free printable Bible Christmas coloring pages: Birth of Jesus, Joyful Mysteries | Examiner.com

Free printable Advent coloring book, Christian Bible Christmas coloring pages

Advent is the Christian season of preparation before Christmas. It begins four Sundays before Christmas. The Catholic church entered Lent on November 30, 2014. During Advent, people practice gospel virtues of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. They follow Advent calendars with Bible readings and prayers. For a more interactive children's Advent calendar, why not use Christmas themed coloring pages? Have kids color one each night before Christmas. Here is a free printable Advent coloring book with Bible pictures and readings from the Christmas story. DL-TK has assembled a 24-page Bible coloring book, with one page for each day of December to Christmas.  Free printable Advent coloring book and Bible Christmas coloring pages | Examiner.com

Free printable Advent calendars for Christmas countdown

Advent is the Catholic Christian season leading up to Christmas. For four weeks, prior to Christmas, Catholics practice Advent values prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Each week focuses on hope, expectation and joy. Here are free printable advent calendars for kids to make, to guide advent to Christmas devotions.Free printable Advent calendars for Christmas countdown | Examiner.com

 

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

 

Free printable Back to the Future Day coloring pages for Oct. 21, 2015

Great Scott! It's Back to the Future Day! You remember how Doc Brown sent Marty McFly to Oct. 21, 2015 in the DeLorean time machine in Back to the Future 2? Well, now 10/21/2015 is a sort of official B2TF holiday which begins at 4:28 pm (the time McFly set). So, here are free printable Back to the Future coloring pages to celebrate. Start your time travel journey at Free Colouring Pages in the UK for images of warriors McFly and Doc encounter in the future world. Here's a website with a nice collection of the sooo-very cool DeLorean time machine from the Back to the Future trilogy. Here's a free printable B2tF coloring page featuring Doc Brown, Marty McFly and his skateboard, Einstein and the clock tower.   Free printable Back to the Future Day coloring pages for Oct. 21, 2015

Free printable Day of the Dead or Dia de Los Muertos coloring pages

Dia de los Muertos is the Mexican Day of the Dead celebration. The Latino holiday is near Halloween, but is celebrated on November 1 and 2. Dia de los Muertos is similar to Halloween in that participants dress in skeleton and death-themed costumes. But the resemblance ends there. Day of the Dead is a Catholic ethno-religious festival that celebrates life after death in heaven. Here are free printable Dia de los Muertos coloring pages and skull themed patterns and crafts.   Free printable Day of the Dead or Dia de Los Muertos coloring pages

Free printable Halloween masks to color, printable Mardi Gras masks

Trick-or-treat is all about dressing up in Halloween costumes, right? So is Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) before Lent. So how about free printable Halloween masks and Mardi Gras to color, cut and paste? These Halloween coloring pages are perfect for preschool, special education, homeschool and school classroom Halloween parties. For families who don't do Halloween, I included links for generic masks so kids can still enjoy craft fun. Masks are grouped by theme. Free printable Halloween masks for kids to color and make | Examiner.com


Free printable Curious George coloring, worksheets, crafts, games, party kit - Grand Rapids Holidays | Examiner.com

September is National Literacy Month. And who better to represent it that mischievous monkey Curious George. Curious George has been around many incarnations since WWII when he was "born." His creators, Jews Margaret and H.A. Rey, escaped Nazi occupied France on homemade bikes with the manuscript for Curious George hidden. That adventure was the perfect introduction to nosy, lovable monkey. Here are free printable Curious George coloring pages, worksheets, lessons, activities, crafts, games and even a Curious George birthday party theme.Free printable Curious George coloring, worksheets, crafts, games, party kit - Grand Rapids Holidays | Examiner.com

 

Free printable Labor Day coloring pages of workers, jobs, occupations, careers

Labor Day is celebrated the first Monday in September in the US. It remembers the social and economic contributions of organized labor, unions and workers. Here are free printable Labor Day coloring pages of workers, jobs, occupations, careers and community helpers. Use these coloring activities for preschool lesson plans or Labor Day parties. Teachers and homeschoolers, start your school year off with a social studies unit on career awareness that explores community helpers, workers, occupations. Teach the history and importance of Labor Day.Free printable Labor Day coloring pages of workers, jobs, occupations, careers - Grand Rapids Holidays | Examiner.com

Free printable elephant crafts, Babar coloring pages, elephant-themed activities

Happy World Elephant Day on August 12! It's tusks up and trunks waving for elephants, or, as Winnie-the-Pooh would say, heffalumps! Children, do you want free printable elephant crafts and activities? Would you like to print coloring pages of elephants (of course you would!) Well, ask mom and dad to print these so you can celebrate Happy Heffalump Day! Read onFree printable elephant crafts, Babar coloring pages, elephant-themed activities - Grand Rapids Holidays | Examiner.com

Free printable Coast Guard coloring pages, US Coast Guard Day activities, lessons

August 4 is US Coast Guard Day! In 2015, the U.S. Coast Guard celebrates its 225th birthday. For two and one quarter centuries, the Coast Guard has kept United States waterways, shores, and port cities safe and secure. Here are free printable Coast Guard coloring pages. Use USCG printables, activities and lessons to teach kids about these vital services this armed services branch provides.Free printable Coast Guard coloring pages, US Coast Guard Day activities, lesson

Free printable alphabet coloring pages, educational preschool letter and number printables

Looking for fun summer reading activities for emergent readers? Fisher-Price offers hundreds of free printable alphabet coloring pages based on Fisher-Price and Mattel toys: Imaginext, Little People, Rescue Heroes, Power Wheels, Thomas and Friends. Here are free printable coloring pages of letters, numbers and shapes to use for preschool lessons. There are also free printable holiday greeting cards for kids to color.Free printable alphabet coloring pages: Preschool letter and number printables

 

Free printable magic tricks for Fathers Day, boy birthday parties - Grand Rapids Holidays | Examiner.com

Looking for cool Father's Day activities? Or perhaps you need boy birthday party ideas? If you have an aspiring magician in the home, throw a magic themed party. Here are free printable magic tricks and sleight- of-hand how-to demonstrations for boys and girls!  Free printable magic tricks for Fathers Day, boy birthday parties 

Free printable Memorial Day coloring pages and activities: Patriotic Remembrance Day printables

Memorial Day, celebrated the last Monday in May, doesn't just kick off summer holidays. Also called Remembrance Day, the holiday honors veterans and those lost in U.S. wars. It's also referred to as Decoration Day, when family commemorates loved ones lost by putting flowers on graves. Teachers and homeschool parents, here are free printable lesson plans, worksheets, crafts and games to teach kids about this national holiday.Free printable Memorial Day activities: Patriotic Remembrance Day printables - Grand Rapids Holidays | Examiner.com

Free printable Hubble Space Telescope coloring pages, astronomy printables, earth science worksheets

Happy 25th anniversary, Hubble Space Telescope! April 24 is HST's birthday. Teachers and homeschoolers, are you looking for free printable Hubble Space Telescope lesson plans, astronomy activities or earth science worksheets? Here'a galaxy of space-themed printables.  Hubble Space Telescope lessons, astronomy printables, earth science worksheets

Free printable Easter basket patterns, Easter crafts, Easter bunny templates - Grand Rapids Holidays | Examiner.com

Parents, do you get tired of constant holiday spending? Seems like it was just Christmas, then Valentine's Day and St. Patrick's Day. Now we're buying for Easter. Call me Scrooge, but I say it's time to curb spending before we drown in debt. Kids don't need more occasions to expect stuff. All that getting sets a dangerous precedent for greed. It makes for entitled (tiresome) children. Instead of bowing to marketing ploys this Easter, why not make your own homemade Easter baskets? They're just as nice and save a lot of money. Here's how.Free printable Easter basket patterns, Easter crafts, Easter bunny templates

Free printable Catholic St. Patrick's Day coloring pages and crafts

 St. Patrick's Day is celebrated on March 17. Many people think the holiday is about green beer, shamrocks and leprechauns.  Here are St. Patrick's Day lesson plans, crafts and activities. Some are secular and some explore the saint behind the legend and the religious beyond the secular. Saint Patrick printables, free printable Catholic St. Patrick's Day crafts - Grand Rapids Holidays | Examiner.com


Free printable Stone Soup worksheets, games, coloring pages, puzzles, crafts, activities

The legend of "Stone Soup" is timeless. It's been retold many times, notably by Marcia Brown, Ann McGovern and Jon J. Muth. Stone Soup is sacred text in preschool and elementary classrooms. Here are free printable Stone Soup worksheets, coloring pages, lesson plans, perfect for Read Across America and National Reading Month in March   Free printable Stone Soup worksheets, games, puzzles, crafts, activities - Grand Rapids Holidays | Examiner.com

Free printable preschool Valentine worksheets, games, crafts, activities

 With Valentine's Day right around the corner, Pinterest, email, and blogs overflow with valentine crafts. Alas, many are also costly. So, don't pay. Here are free printable preschool valentine worksheets, games, crafts, learning activities and lesson plans. Fru-gals and fru-guys, use these for Valentine's Day fun.Free printable preschool Valentine worksheets, games, crafts, activities

Free printable Chinese New Year of the Goat crafts, Lantern Festival crafts - Grand Rapids Holidays | Examiner.com

Chinese New Year is Feb. 19, 2015. It's Year of the Sheep or Goat. Here are free printable crafts, coloring and activities to celebrate Chinese New Year. These websites have Chinese zodiac crafts, animal crafts, party decorations, Chinese New Year greeting cards and coloring crafts galore.Free printable Chinese New Year of the Goat crafts, Lantern Festival crafts

Free printable Martin Luther King Jr. Day coloring pages and civil rights worksheets

 Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15 which is celebrated as Martin Luther King, Jr Day the third Monday in January--Jan. 19, 2015. Teachers and homeschool parents, here are free printable lesson plans on MLK Jr., to teach children about this brave civil rights champion.Martin Luther King Jr. Day printables, civil rights worksheets, lesson plans

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