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

Free printable Christmas party games, puzzles for kids and adult work parties | Examiner.com

 There's a lot of politics and protocol about holiday work parties. Yahoo Finance UK listed five faux pas to avoid at the office Christmas party, Dec. 15. So note to self: don't get drunk, ask for a raise or hit on co-workers. Check. But then what can you do for fun, to keep Christmas parties from getting boring? Well, how about print some holiday party games, puzzles and word games? Free printable Christmas party games, puzzles for kids and adult work parties | Examiner.com

Free printable pilgrims crafts: Thanksgiving pilgrim 3D paper craft projects

 Thanksgiving in the US celebrates the survival of the Puritans, also called pilgrims, who came on the Mayflower. Thanksgiving remembers the difficulties the New England pilgrims faced and the help they received from local native American Indians. The Thanksgiving dinner honors the feast shared by the New England pilgrims and native Americans as they gave thanks for getting through their early trials. Images of pilgrims are typical Thanksgiving Here are free printable pilgrim crafts.Free printable pilgrims crafts: Thanksgiving pilgrim 3D paper craft projects | Examiner.com

 

Free printable Halloween masks: Star Wars, celeb, animal, monster, steampunk, 3D | Examiner.com

Halloween isn't just for little children. Adults can dress up too. Here are free printable Halloween masks of Star Wars, politicians, celebrities and more. These will be perfect for Star Wars: The Force Awakens fans. Use political masks in fun, educational government current events activities. Or use your Halloween costume to make a statement! Students will love making masks of world leaders, politicians and famous persons. Teachers might assign students to stage mock debates or elections. They could write speeches, debates or dramatizations of historical events and wear masks. Use celeb masks for for creative writing inspiration on satire, parody or essay writing. Use 3D animal masks in science.Free printable Halloween masks: Star Wars, celeb, animal, monster, steampunk, 3D | Examiner.com

 

Free printable Halloween masks for kids to color and make

Trick-or-treat is all about dressing up in Halloween costumes, right? So how about free printable Halloween masks for kids to color, cut and paste? Perfect for preschool, special education and school 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

 

Celebrate a haunt-less Halloween with non-scary trick-or-treat activities

Halloween is a top-grossing holiday and consumer spending will hit record highs in 2014 predicts U.S News and World Report. Young and old alike eagerly anticipate trick-or-treat, spending an average of $80 per person on costumes, spook house venues, decorations and candy. Not everyone looks forward to Halloween, however. Some children are terrified by scary costumes. Not all parents like the creepier aspects of Halloween. They don't want to avoid it altogether, though. They don't want kids to miss out on the fun. Is it possible to celebrate a haunt-less Halloween? Absolutely! Here are alternative trick-or-treat activities.  Celebrate a haunt-less Halloween with non-scary trick-or-treat activities

Fire safety printables, emergency preparedness lessons for Fire Prevention Week - Grand Rapids Holidays | Examiner.com

Fire Prevention Week runs the first full week in October. FPW is October 5-9, 2015. Here are fire safety printables and emergency preparedness lessons for Fire Prevention Week. Use free printable fire prevention activities, worksheets, coloring pages, stickers, games, puzzles and crafts to help kids learn vital life-saving skills. Here are free printable family activities for Fire Prevention Week. Across the country, fire fighters, public safety officers, schools, communities and families will be teaching kids about safety this October, just in time for the holiday season.  Fire safety printables, emergency preparedness lessons for Fire Prevention Week - Grand Rapids Holidays | Examiner.com

Free printable Labor Day coloring pages of workers, jobs, occupations, careers - Grand Rapids Holidays | Examiner.com

 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

Elephant- themed children's party: Elephant books, crafts, treats, games, movies - Grand Rapids Holidays | Examiner.com

August 12 is World Elephant Day! Parents (or teachers) why not celebrate throwing and elephant-themed party for kids? Here are elephant crafts, recipes, treats and games for a pachyderm party palooza! Use this for an elephant birthday party for toddlers and preschool kids, or just because!  Elephant- themed children's party: Elephant books, crafts, treats, games, movies - Grand Rapids Holidays | Examiner.com

Free printable alphabet coloring pages: 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 - Grand Rapids Holidays | Examiner.com

 

Patriotic bike decorating guide: Decorate bicycle for 4th of July parade

 Memorial Day and 4th of July meant one certain thing for us as children: decorating bikes and riding the parade. Here's a patriotic themed bike decorating guide. Decorate your bicycle easy and cheap with recycled items. Patriotic bike decorating guide: Decorate bicycle for Memorial Day parade - Grand Rapids Holidays | Examiner.com

Free printable Memorial Day games, 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

 

Free printable environmental science games, crafts for Earth Day, spring science

April 22 celebrates Earth Day, formerly called Arbor Day. It's such an important holiday that the entire month of April has come to be known as Earth Month. Do you need free printable Earth Day lesson plans for science class? Use these linked science activities in school classrooms, homeschool, scout troops, 4H and environmentalist clubs.  Free printable environmental science worksheets for Earth Day, spring science - Grand Rapids Holidays | Examiner.com

Free printable play money, consumer math printables, banking and checking games

 Pi Day, March 14, celebrates math. Money math is a favorite with kids. They love play money. Kids learn math skills pretending grocery store or consumer math. Interacting with play money, children learn to count, add, subtract, multiply, divide and skip count by fives, tens and twenty-five. Making change teaches counting backwards.Free printable play money, consumer math printables, banking and checking games - Grand Rapids Holidays | Examiner.com

Free printable Stone Soup worksheets, games, 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 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 Valentine's Day games, puzzles, coloring pages, crafts, worksheets, activities

Looking for Valentine themed games and crafts? Check out these free printable Valentine's Day coloring pages, cut and paste, games, lessons, puzzles and activities? Here are some websites to check out for free Valentine's Day printables. Use in school or homeschool. Tie in with your regular curriculum.  Free printable Valentine's Day coloring pages, crafts, worksheets, activities 

Free printable Rubber Ducky Day party games, snacks, stories, crafts, duck coloring pages

"Rubber Ducky, you're the one." And he has his own holiday. Rubber Duck Day is Jan. 13 (says Days of the Year holiday website) Why not celebrate with a party? Here are rubber duck-themed crafts, games, books, movies, snacks and free printable coloring pages. Preschoolers will love these!



Make duck invitations or Happy Rubber Duckie Day greeting cards using free printable rubber ducky patterns and coloring pages from Coolest Free Printables. Decorate with ducky banners, place cards, centerpiece made from printables. Print black and white duck coloring pages and let guests color as placemats. Make a duckie coloring book for kids to take home. Rubber Ducky Day party games, snacks, stories, crafts, printable coloring pages

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