Halloween pumpkin carving tips and free printable pumpkin patterns

Do you ever wonder how people carve Halloween pumpkins in such intricate designs? You can too, with a few basic tools, this tutorial and free printable pumpkin carving stencils.  Halloween pumpkin carving tips and free printable pumpkin patterns - Grand Rapids Holidays | Examiner.com

Free Printable Fall Crafts and Games for Kids

Fall. My favorite time of year. Along with spring, summer and yes, even winter (shh don't tell!). I love the changing leaves, the smoky apple fall smells, the crisp winds and cloudy skies. I love the the promise of fall holidays--Halloween, All Saints Day, Dia de los Muertos, Thanksgiving, Diwali, Winter Solstice, Autumnal Equinox, Samhain, And what does Teacher Mama love best about seasons and holidays? Making cools crafts and recipes and playing seasonal games with children. Here are free printable fall themed crafts for kids.

First, clear a spot on the table. Or better yet set up a separate craft table. Bust out glue, scissors, markers, glitter, your nifty scrapbook edging scissors, stickers, pom poms, fake gems all your crafty goodies.Next, go to these websites   Printable Winter Crafts and Activities for Kids

Free Printable Star Wars and Clone Wars Coloring Pages

Are you a Star Wars geek? Looking forward to Star Wars Episode VII coming out December, 2015? Believe it or not, many of the original cast returns including Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) and Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Kenny Baker (R2D2), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca--and my favorite Star Wars character) and Anthony Daniels (C3PO). I'm a bit surprised they're taking on a new one, almost 40 years later!



I hope it won't be too much of a a travesty given some of Free Printable Star Wars Coloring Pages. I added links for the Star Wars Clone Wars cartoons, too.

those actors haven't aged well. I'm envisioning a very geriatric Star Wars! Anyway, the saga has been a fun ride. Enjoy these

Free Printable Apple Themed Lesson Plans

Apples are a common theme for preschool and elementary school students. Teachers and homeschoolers, are you teaching a unit on apples? Have I got a great sweet treat for you: 166 pages of free printable apple themed lesson plans. Games, crafts and activities. Free Printable Apple Themed Lesson Plans for Preschool and Elementary School

Free Printable Murder Mystery Games and Downloads

Do you love reading murder mysteries and detective novels? Do you love to play murder mystery games? I do. I love the thrill of the chase-- gathering clues, analyzing data, questioning suspects. If you're a fellow mysterati and like playing detective, check out these links for free murder mystery downloads.  Free Online Murder Mystery Game Printables and Downloads

Free Pritnable Ramadan Activities, Islamic Instruction for Children

 For Muslims, Ramadan is holy season marked by prayer, fasting and abstinence. Ramadan, in the Islamic calendar is a month-long observance, falling roughly in the month of August, but earlier in 2014. Ramadan ends with Lesser Eid, or Eid al Fitr, on July 28, 2014. Here are free printable activities, including games, puzzles, crafts, worksheets, duas (prayers)Free Ramadan Activities and Islamic Faith Instruction for Children

Free Printable Educational Card Games and Board Games

Card games and board games are an excellent teaching tool. They're are interactive and hands-on. Children practice many skills when playing card or board games. They learn to count, add, subtract, prioritize, plan, organize, sort, coordinate and evaluate. Card games can be created to teach content area and subject matter and help students memorize information. I remember teaching and homeschooling before Internet and computers. I made dozens of card games for students. That's pretty labor intensive, With the Internet we have access to free printable activities to use as lesson plans. This saves time and money. Simply print, laminate and cut apart. Here are links for free printable card games.


The Kidz Page There are free printable word games, math games, sudoku games and lots of other educational learning games. They are brightly colored, cheerful games.
Planet Pals has a free printable animal matching card game. You can play this game as a regular card game also, finding pairs and sets.
Print Games has several cute card games. Some are styled on vintage card games. There are board games to print also. These make excellent family games and party games.
Mom's Minivan has a great assortment of free printable travel and car games. There are bingo games, Battleships games, matching games, cootie catchers, connect the dot games and more.
Mom's View has a nice assortment of educational games, math, geometry matching and more. There are free printable game tokens, playing pieces and dice.

Altogether there are 100+  free printable games for classroom, homeschool or family fun. Follow instructions carefully to be sure you print the right number of game sheets. Making printable games has the added benefit of being a craft project for kids. I recommend you print a paper copy of the cards, game pieces and game boards. Then use copier to print the game onto card stock. Laminate the entire sheet before you cut out the pieces. Save printing ink by setting printer preferences to economy and black and white setting. Have kids color games--now you have cut and paste craft, coloring activity and game! Better and better!
For more free printable activities, visit my blog Free Coloring Pages 4u.
For free printable lesson plans visit me at www.freeprintablelessonplans.blogspot.com . Happy printing!

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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.