Free Printable Easter Egg Dyeing Patterns and Safe Homemade Dye Recipes

Waited till the last minute to buy Easter egg dyeing kits for the kids? Now the store is out and you have to pull a rabbit out of a hat (pun intended) and come up with your own egg decorations. Never fear--super DIY mom is here with tips on homemade Easter egg decorations using recycled and on-hand materials. I've included free printable Easter egg patterns, too. And best of all, homemade is cheaper and safer than store-bought egg coloring kits! Cheap, Homemade, Safe Easter Egg Dyeing, Recycled Decorations

Free Printable Story Starters, Picture Cue Writing Games and Prompts for Preschool NaPoWriMo

April is National Poetry Month in the U.S. Teachers, why not celebrate in school by hosting creative writer workshops with students? Parents, you can do with kids at home or make activities part of a homeschool lessons. Here are free printable preschool story starters, writing games and picture cue writing prompts to get the ideas flowing. Free Printable Preschool Story Starters, Picture Cue Writing Prompts

Snowtastic Winter Party, Snow Games and Sports Printables

Raise your hand if you've had it with winter. I know I have!Here's a winter blues buster: throw a snowtastic party. Celebrate the closing of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and extend the fun with your own game variations. Here are safe, easy snow activities requiring no fancy equipment. I've included literature-based activities, lesson plans and crafts.  Extend Winter Olympics: Easy Snow Games and Sports 

Homemade Story Dice for Writing Prompts Games

Here's a creative writing game I designed with students. Story Prompts dice. It's a mashup of Magnetic Poetry and a Chicken Soup for the Soul Game. Make 6 paper cubes (basic box pattern). Draw a cross of six equal sized squares, four long and one on each side, second down. Fold four long into a box. Fold in the two side flaps as top and bottom. Tape. Here's a printable template if you need it.  Homemade Story Dice to Encourage Outside the Box Thinking

Parents, Don't Like Adult, PG-13 Ads? Keep Kids on Kids-Only Sites

I'm reading gripes about "adult" ads on Bubblews. Well, let me ask you this. Do you like getting paid? Because sharing ad revenue is how Bubblews does it. Google and other search providers partner with advertisers and place ads on our articles. Bubblews is paid when readers click. Then we get a cut.

Google doesn't allow porn. But it's a little foggy what constitutes porn. I got my Adsense ads pulled on a blog because I used the word "testicle" in a health article. But Google does partner with PG-13 to R sites. What constitutes PG-13 or R is also little nebulous. Usually it includes adult-themed video games like "Evony", dating sites, maybe or sexual enhancement ads.   Why Hate Bubblews Adult Ads? This is Not a Kid Site and Ads Pay Our Earnings

Harry the Dirty Dog Game, Craft, Snack, Printables

Are your kids going winter stir-crazy? Too cold to play outside long. Snow too deep for little one. Well, you need a craft afternoon. I learned as a teacher/homeschool mom to make lesson plans hands-on. So my craft parties include an interactive story and snack and lots of free printable book-based activities.

One of my husband's favorite children's literature characters is Harry the Dog, created by Gene Zion and drawn by Margaret Bloy Graham. My mom described a yarn bush she made for the birds and it reminded me of Harry. Here are activities based on "No Roses for Harry."   No Roses for Harry Recycled Yarn Craft, Snack, Printables

Catholic Lenten Devotional Games for Children

 The Catholic Lenten season of Lent is fast approaching. In lent, we practice gospel virtues: prayer, fasting, almsgiving. We seek to draw near God, by imitating Christ's suffering. Those acts in turn help us grow stronger. Here are lenten sacrifice games and activities for kids. Lenten Prayer, Fasting, Almsgiving Activities for Children 

Free Printable Puzzles, Worksheets for Black History Month

 Black History Month is observed in February, in the US. Schools usually offer special programming and lessons on issues and events that are significant to African Americans. Students explore biographies and contributions of famous black Americans. They read books written specifically about or by African Americans. Here are printable puzzles and worksheets to learn Black History.  Free Black History Month Literature Guides, Lesson Plans, Worksheets 

Games for Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics XXII Party

Sochi night, Sochi night, Sochi night fever, sing with me! I'm sorry, I'm pretty excited for the Sochi 2014 winter Olympics. The XXII winter games are the first time the winter sports have been held in Russia. And I say that calls for a celebration! Here are printable games and puzzles to explore this ancient and wonderful world event. Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics XXII Printables, Lessons on Russia - Yahoo Voices -

Games, Puzzles on Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics to Print

February 7-23 is going to be an exciting time in Sochi, Russia! The XXII 2014 Winter Olympics happen! As a teacher, mom and former homeschooler, I always look for ways to teach any world event in the classroom. Here are free printable winter Olympics lessons plans. Games, crafts, coloring pages, puzzles, sports-themed worksheets--all you need to explore. There are activities about Russia and the city of Sochi, too. Games on the games!  Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics XXII Printables, Lessons on Russia

Bubblews is Like Facebook But You Get Paid

When I heard Bubblews likened to Facebook, I thought, no, totally dissimilar. Bubblews is a content site, Facebook is a social site. Bubblews earns money and Facebook time. I was wrong. Bubblews is more social networking than content. And you get paid for it. And kids can use itI Was Wrong! Bubblews Really is Like Facebook Only I Get Paid - News

Free Printable Epiphany Party Crafts and Games

Epiphany celebrates the Twelfth Night after Christmas. On Epiphany, or Three Kings' Day, January 6, the Magi or Wisemen visited the Holy Family 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.  Free Printable Epiphany and Three Kings Day Party Crafts and Game Activities

Free Printable Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Advent Word Games, Puzzles

December 8 is Feast of the Immaculate Conception in the Catholic Church. The Immaculate Conception is one of six recognized Holy Days in the liturgical calendar. Here are free printable activities and lessons to celebrate this feast day. Use these word games and puzzles to explore the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Our Blessed Mother. Free Printable 'Feast of the Immaculate Conception' Activities: Lessons and Crafts

Free Printable Jesse Tree Ornaments

'A root shall spring up from the stump of Jesse's lineage'. This Bible passage foretells the birth of the Messiah. During Advent, symbols are hung on the Jesse Tree to represent the story of Jesus. For free printable Jesse Tree devotional activities, I've listed internet links. Advent is the season of preparation for Christmas in the Church liturgical year. Catholics and many protestants observe and celebrate Advent in churches and homes, using the Advent Wreath and candles, an Advent Calendar and also the Jesse Tree.  Free Printable Jesse Tree Coloring, Ornaments and Activities

Packing Samaritans Purse Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box

I put together my Operation Christmas Child shoebox for Samaritan's Purse. Since 1993, these gift boxes have been shipped around the world to kids in need. We've been participating for about that long.

I was going to build a box online. It costs $30 and that includes a $7 handling fee (you have to pay that anyway). Normally I drop it off to our church but they're not participating nor is any in our city. I found one about 20 miles away which will cost gas money. But I'm going to Muskegon to take daughter to lunch at our favorite Indian restaurant (celebrating her doing so well in her AP history and advanced American literature and algebra II).

Boxes are due 11/25 and you send one online. Read onPacking Samaritans Purse Operation Christmas Child Shoebox

Free Printable Thanksgiving Activity Booklet, Games, Puzzles

Thanksgiving Day in the US will soon be upon us. The point of Thanksgiving isn't just eating. It's about gratitude for our blessings. Here are free printable activities for kids to celebrate and express thanks. Games, puzzles, coloring pages, crafts.  Free Printable Thanksgiving Activity Book with Gratitude

Free Printable Secret Codes for Spy Games, Decoder Rings

Secret decoder rings are enjoying a new vogue. For years, spy stuff was a staple of childhood culture. Image is a vintage Captain Midnight spy decoder ring from the golden age.

Then it fell off to only a fringe following. Now online games are starting to feature secret codes and text-based activities. Adults are getting in on the the secret code fun. I've seen decoder marriage rings. It's Doctor Who and James Bond gone steampunk, oh frabjuous day! So here are free printable secret code patterns, spy kits, code games and activities. There's even a complete Backyardigans spy kit to print free. Secret Codes to Print for Decoder Rings

Apple-Themed Games and Hands-On Activities

Apples are the perfect theme for fall lessons. They fit with Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas. Here are educational apple games in science, art, creative writing, math, social studies, practical life. I've added free printable apple-themed lesson plans and worksheets for activity extenders.  Preschool Apple Unit, Cross-Curricular Hands-on Crafts, Activities, Recipe

Free Printable Halloween Games, Toys for Trick or Treat

Okay, let's admit it parents and teachers, as Halloween approaches, kids are distracted. So how about mixing Halloween with games and calling it learning! Here's how. Print free Halloween games and crafts. Cut, paste, assemble and color for lesson plans, party fun or boredom busters. After work is done use as incentives. Or nix book work and play all day! Here's one of the neat-o-licious crafts Doctor Skelly's Magic X-Ray Machine. Read on for links to get it. Free Printable Halloween Crafts, Cards, Games, Toys - News - Bubblews

Free Halloween Pumpkin Carving Patterns to Print

Carving the traditional Halloween jack-o-lantern is a time-honored rite of trick-or-treat. I learned recently that in the UK, they use pumpkins for Thanksgiving. Want cool pumpkin carving stencils for your jack-o-lantern? Here are free printable pumpkin stencils. Hershey's, the candy people, pages of free printable Halloween coloring pages, and one webpage devoted to free printable pumpkin carving stencils. Pumpkin carving patterns include bats, cats, ghosts, witches, a bubbling cauldron, a spider, zombies, a haunted house, a mummy, a pirate Jolly Roger, fall leaves, Happy Halloween logos and more. Some sites have religious pumpkin carving templates. Free Printable Halloween Jack-o-Lantern Pumpkin Carving Stencils for Trick-or-Treat

Dress up Fun From Your Recycle Bin

Got rainy-day, can't go out to play bored kids? If you need a fun fix fast, I'm your go-to gal. My ideas cheap, easy and parent-friendly. Your recycle bin is your best ally. Today's boredom first-aid: homemade hats. With Halloween approaching, why not start those costumes? Use for school projects, too.  Rainy Day Recycle Bin Crafts for Kids--Homemade Hats 

Free Educational Games, Websites, Printables for Children

 Last week, the American Library Association observed Banned Books Week. Not celebrated--the ALA recognizes the impact to the reading public when books are challenged. And it hopes to educate people on the essence of allowing all books to have a place on the shelf.

The ALA is a celebrating a milestone in children's literature too. It's the 75th anniversary of the prestigious Caldecott Award for best illustrations in kids' lit. And the ALA in its Association for Library Service to Children, has compiled a comprehensive collection of educational websites for kids. Games, crafts, reference, coloring, puzzles and more.  Free Educational Websites, Printable Learning Games For Kids

Best Childrens Charities for Holiday Toy Drives Operation Christmas Child

Back to School sales are a great time to stock up on stocking stuffers for Christmas. They're a great place to find cheap gifts for holiday toy donations. Looking for a good children's charity to give to this holiday season? Try Operation Christmas Child from Samaritans Purse. This group collects Christmas shoeboxes with gifts for needy kids around the world. To participate, fill shoeboxes with toys, school supplies, articles of clothing, personal care products, candy, books. The website lists suggestions and what to avoid (breakables, liquids, war toys). Print a shipping label from website and indicate age and gender the box is for. Include $7 donation for shipping (a pretty fair deal considering weight and goods shipped). Boxes are due Nov. 18-25 and drop-off locations listed on the website.  This makes a great lesson in building empathy. I forgot to add that little portable car games make great box stuffers. Best Childrens Charities for Holiday Toy Drives Operation Christmas Child

Organize, Host Your Own Events, Festivals, Games

We've been married 26 years and raised four kids. From first-hand experience, I can say, the disconnected family falls apart, but the family does things together stays together. I've been writing a daily relationship glue recipe and Family glue recipe with bonding activities for all ages.

A favorite is hosting my own events and festivals. I got the idea from the old Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Carnival. You could buy a kit and host your own backyard carnival. I never did but wanted to as a kid, so I reprised it as an adult.   Family Glue Recipes: Organize, Host Your Own Events, Festivals

Throw a back-to-school bash with games, crafts for kids

Labor Day is a bittersweet holiday. It's a time of summer endings and fall beginnings. Why not start the school year off on a fun note with a back-to-school party? Here's an easy and cheap kids' party plan for students in preschool to middle elementary.

* Choose a positive theme. This gets kids excited about school. Make it a shoe theme with the slogan "We're putting our best foot forward." Or do a football theme--"Kicking off a great year." Get your creative groove going and involve kids. Here's more on crafts, food, activities and games. Perfect for home-school and public school and parochial school kids! Throw a back-to-school bash for your kids

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Freelance writer, Top 100 Yahoo! Voices, Yahoo! News, Shine, Michigan, Detroit), blogger, teacher, mom of 4, happily married 25 years. Graduated GVSU 1986, psychology/general education and special education. continuing ed up to present. Certified MI teacher. Writing Michigan history mystery, children's Gothic fantasy. Areas of expertise: education, relationships, mental health, nutrition, history, world cultures. Passions: faith, Catholic church, sustainable living, interfaith initiatives, living simply that others might simply live. Working on MA in EI education.