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 on Packing 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

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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.