Free printable Advent calendar crafts, Advent wreaths, Christmas crafts

Advent is the Catholic Christian season leading up to Christmas. For four weeks, before Christmas, Catholics practice Advent values prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Each week focuses on hope, expectation and joy. Here are free printable advent calendars for kids to make, to guide Christmas devotions. Free printable Catholic Christian Advent calendars, Advent wreaths, Christmas crafts

Free Printable Halloween Mazes, Puzzles, Games for Trick-or-Treat

Here are free printable Halloween games and crafts for all ages. Use school classrooms, homeschool or scout troop. Use with old folks in nursing homes or anyone who needs some Halloween printables.

Count down the days to Trick or Treat with dozens of free printable Halloween activities, coloring pages and crafts from Making Friends.com. Print free craft projects for all sorts themes. Making Friends has a really holiday activities, coloring pages, cut and paste, paper dolls, Trick or treat wrappers, worksheets, Halloween puzzles and mazes. Print word searches, crossword puzzles and word games, perfect for Halloween language arts lessons. Print Halloween card games, flash cards, dioramas, masks and pumpkin carving patterns and stencils.

Here free printable Halloween lesson plans, worksheets, games, coloring pages, activities and puzzles. Use for Trick or Treat themed math, reading, writing, literature, science, language, social studies and crafts. All Free Printables has free Halloween crafts, greeting cards, party invitations, decorations, cut-outs, coloring pages, masks, party invitations, name tags, treat bags, pumpkin cut-outs, book marks, picture frames and lots more. 

Puzzlemaker lets you create templates for printable Halloween worksheets, 
puzzles, mazes, jigsaws, dot to dot, Soduku, crosswords and activities galore.

Print Activities is another mega site for all your school and family activity printing needs. Look for units, printable worksheets and lessons focused around Halloween and trick-or-treat. Disney Family offers a plethora of free printable Halloween Disney activities, crafts and coloring pages. Coolest Holiday Parties has free printable Halloween party supplies. You'll find cards, invitations, treat and punch bowl printables, banners, place cards, name tags, wall hangings for a ghoulish party.

Preschool party activities for kids: Kids crafts, birthday party games for kids

I love party-planning, especially preschool party activities for kids . Early childhood age children are pretty easy to please and you don't have to spend much to put on a great birthday party! Why take kids to restaurant or expensive birthday party venue when you can plan preschool party activities for kids cheaper yourself? Here are easy kids crafts and birthday party games for kids for preschool party activities kids will love!  Preschool party activities for kids: Kids crafts, birthday party games for kids | Examiner.com

Free printable math measuring tools: Rulers, protractors, tape measures

Parents, do you own every math tool available, yet struggle to find a simple ruler when you need it? Sounds typical, in a busy family. Well, here's good news. You don't have to buy all the math gadgets on the school supplies shopping list. Standard and metric rulers, compass, protractors, square, tape measures, angle measures are available online. You can get free printable math measuring tools and make your own, or free online software to use on the computer. Free printable math measuring tools like rulers, tape measures and protractors make excellent classroom, homeschool and homework resources. Print free printable measurement math tools on cardstock and/or laminate it to make sturdy reusable measuring tools. Print on transparencies for use on the classroom overhead projector.   Free printable math measuring tools: Rulers, protractors, tape measures

Free printable math measuring tools: Rulers, protractors, tape measures

Parents, do you own every math tool available, yet struggle to find a simple ruler when you need it? Sounds typical, in a busy family. Well, here's good news. You don't have to buy all the math gadgets on the school supplies shopping list. Standard and metric rulers, compass, protractors, square, tape measures, angle measures are available online. You can get free printable math measuring tools and make your own, or free online software to use on the computer. Free printable math measuring tools like rulers, tape measures and protractors make excellent classroom, homeschool and homework resources. Print free printable measurement math tools on cardstock and/or laminate it to make sturdy reusable measuring tools. Print on transparencies for use on the classroom overhead projector.   Free printable math measuring tools: Rulers, protractors, tape measures

English Language Arts file folder games: Cartoons, comic strips reading games

I'm a special education certified teacher who's taught Montessori, homeschool, adult education and remedial reading. Years ago, I made file folder games that have traveled with me to elementary, middle school, special education, adult education and homeschool classrooms. One of the most popular English Language Arts (ELA) file folder games repurposed newspaper cartoons and comic strips in sequencing reading games. I call these reading games, Cartoons Cut-Ups.  English Language Arts file folder games: Cartoons, comic strips reading games | Examiner.com

Free printable Littlest Pet Shop coloring pages, toy pets activities for kids

Virtual toy pets are favorite children's playthings. Neopets, Webkinz and Littlest Pet Shop characters are favorites. Littlest Pet Shop is a series of small bobble-head toy pets with large anime-like eyes that resemble Precious Moments cartoons. Visit Littlest Pet Shop toy pets homepage for free printable Littlest Pet Shop activities for kids. Here are free printable Littlest Pet Shop coloring pages and activities for kids.  Free printable Littlest Pet Shop coloring pages, toy pets activities for kids | Examiner.com

Free printable zoo activities: Zoology, science lesson plans on zoo animals

 Earth Month in April is a great time to explore zoos in your area. Most all zoos offer free printable zoo activities and zoology lesson plans and activities for teachers and parents. Print these zoo activities for your classroom or homeschool. Whether you visit John Ball Zoo or not, you can still enjoy these free printable zoo activities and zoology worksheets. Local teachers use these zoology printables for self-guided tours and follow-up classroom activities. Anyone can print these activity guides and use them. Free printable zoo activities: Zoology, science lesson plans on zoo animals | Examiner.com

Geography games with globes: Earth science, landforms, time zones map activities

April is Earth Month and it's a good time to explore earth science and world geography. With the National Geography Bee right around the corner, here are hands-on social studies lessons, map activities and geography games with globes. Playing geography games with globes helps students visualize the big picture better than with maps. Use map activities to locate specific places and use globes for accurate place countries in the world at large. Use geography games with globes to demonstrate earth science lessons, just in time for Earth Month in April!  Geography games with globes: Earth science, landforms, time zones map activities | Examiner.com

Science learning centers: Biology activities, animal habitats, taxonomy games

 Learning occurs best when it's interactive, so put hands-on activities in all preschool and elementary classroom learning centers. When studying different countries, cultures in social studies or animal habitats sciences, use these hands-on activities in science learning centers. It goes without saying that all learning centers should have a bookshelf or basket of books appropriate whatever unit you're studying. DK--Dorling Kindersley makes excellent science reference books and field guides so use those in learning centers. Here are other biology materials, interactive games and hands-on activities for science learning centers. Science learning centers: Biology activities, animal habitats, taxonomy games | Examiner.com

Free printable jigsaw puzzles, sudoku, crossword, mazes, puzzle generators

Puzzle Day is Jan. 29. Do you love puzzles? I've been working jigsaw puzzles since I was very young. I love crossword puzzles, Sudoku, word searches, cryptograms, mazes and all sorts of word games. But the best are jigsaw puzzles. Back in the olden days, aka when I was a kid, you had to ask mom or dad to buy you a new jigsaw puzzle when you'd finished one. Or you redid your old puzzles, over and over again. Oh to have make-your-own jigsaw puzzle generators.   Free printable jigsaw puzzles, sudoku, crossword, mazes, puzzle generators

Free printable murder mystery games, murder mystery party games, detective games | Examiner.com

Why wait for Halloween for dressup, haunted houses and spooky parties? February is a great time for a little amateur horror. How about hosting a murder mystery party? If you love to read detective novels and play detective games, this is right up your alley. Do you love gathering clues, analyzing data, questioning suspects? Do you love to play murder mystery games? If you love playing detective games, then you will want to check out these links for free printable murder mystery party detective games.   Free printable murder mystery games, murder mystery party games, detective games

Free printable valentines, Valentines Day crafts, games, greeting cards, toys

At each holiday, there are a few good websites to check for free printable holiday greeting cards, crafts, party decorations and coloring pages. Here are the best free printable Valentines Day crafts, greeting cards, valentines for classroom exchanges and children's Valentine's Day activities.  Free printable valentines, Valentines Day crafts, games, greeting cards, toys | Examiner.com

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

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