Free printable Groundhog Day lesson plans, groundhogs worksheets, coloring pages

Okay, who's sick of winter? Hopefully Punxatawney Phil or one of his groundhog cousins is as well. Don't know who those guys are? They're the official Groundhog Day rodents whose shadows determine how much winter is left. Groundhog Day is Feb. 2 and you know people must be desperate for a holiday if they'll celebrate an animal getting out of his den for a stroll. Here are free printable Groundhog Day lesson plans, crafts, games, activities and worksheets with groundhogs.  Free printable Groundhog Day lesson plans, groundhogs worksheets, coloring pages | Examiner.com

Free educational websites, online learning activities for toddlers, preschool

Need to occupy toddlers or preschool kids? Here are 16 safe, school approved free educational websites for young children. These sites are child-friendly, family-oriented and have lots of educational games and free printable activities for young learners.  Free educational websites, online learning activities for toddlers, preschool | Examiner.com

Winter fitness workouts: Playground athletic club, phys ed exercises at recess | Examiner.com

With childhood obesity rates exploding, fitness is the buzzword in health and education. Summer fitness workouts are pretty easy to manage, but what about winter fitness workouts for kids? That's more challenging in cold climates with ice, snow, sleet, etc. Students are getting less phys ed instruction with funding cuts. So teachers must be creative. Here are winter sports, fitness workouts and phys ed exercises children can do on the playground during school recess. These activities address national targets for health curricula, phys ed exercises plus "Let's Move" and "Healthy Lifestyles" mandates. These winter fitness workouts can be used in all grades from preschool to high school and in special education. Students initiate and monitor activities themselves, which hits educational goals of self-care and self-advocacy. Organize a student Playground Athletic Club. Here's how.   Winter fitness workouts: Playground athletic club, phys ed exercises at recess | Examiner.com

Trivia Day: Free printable trivia questions, online trivia games, trivia apps

 Fun fact: do you know what holiday is celebrated on Jan. 4? It's National Trivia Day and on this auspicious occasion here are free printable trivia games, online trivia questions and trivia apps for your cellphone. But first, another trivia question--which was the first official trivia game? Sorry Trivia Crack lovers, there's an older one. The first trivia board game was Trivial Pursuit, which came out in the early 1980s, but before there was the game "20 Questions" which is kind of trivia game. How's that for interesting and not too trivial trivia? Trivia Day: Free printable trivia questions, online trivia games, trivia apps | Examiner.com

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 Polar Express activities: Christmas holiday party games, crafts

Are you throwing a winter birthday party for a child? Or maybe you're in charge of planning a Christmas holiday party for kids. How about a unique winter or Christmas holiday party theme with literary, educational connections? Here's a free printable party kit from "The Polar Express" complete with games, crafts, party decorations, invitations, greeting cards, party favors and more. This party theme kit is based on the beloved book "The Polar Express" by Chris VanAllsburg. That book is a classic now and is celebrating its 30th birthday! "The Polar Express" is also a classic holiday movie. This free printable Polar Express party kit is perfect for those looking to host a secular Christmas holiday party and avoid religious Christmas themes.   Free printable Polar Express activities: Christmas holiday party games, crafts | Examiner.com

Free printable origami Christmas ornaments, folded paper crafts, holiday decor

Need hands-on activities to keep children busy during holiday preparations? Here are free printable origami Christmas ornaments, cut-and-paste Christmas crafts, folded paper crafts and holiday decor. Making origami gives children practice in math, measurement and fine motor skills (and keep them productively occupied so parents can actually get something done!) These activities are perfect for elementary and middle school students, math lesson plans, homeschool and winter vacation fun. With assistance, special needs, disabled students, preschoolers and senior citizens can make these crafts.   Free printable origami Christmas ornaments, folded paper crafts, holiday decor | Examiner.com

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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.