Fun Back- To- School Printable Coloring Pages

School is starting soon. It’s time to prepare for all the fun and games school will bring. So here are four free back- to- school printable coloring pages for you and your children.

Rhyming/ Reading Book Find 10 rhyming words in the dictionary. Then, color this page.

Rhyming/ Reading Book Free Printable Coloring Sheet

ABC/123 Fun Tell your child all about the fun he can expect to have in Kindergarten, and then color this printable coloring page together.

ABC/123 Fun Printable Coloring Sheet

Nice To Meet You, Teacher Apple Help your child introduce himself t his new teacher by filling out and decorating this teachers apple. This is a great gift for the first day of school.

Nice To Meet You, Teacher Apple Printable Coloring Sheet

Old Fashion School House- Read about old school houses in books or on Mental Floss. Then, color this back to school printable coloring page.

Printable Old Fashion School House Coloring Sheet

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Crafts for Easter: Cute Easter Chick Savings Bank

It’s getting close to the time churches celebrate the death and Resurrection of Christ, families and communities have fun Easter egg hunts and crafts for Easter can be found just about anywhere. But why not keep all that Spring cheer around all year with a cute Easter Chick Savings Bank?

Easter Chick Savings Bank

Materials

  • Empty Pringles Can
  • Yellow and Orange Foam
  • Yellow Construction Paper
  • Glue Stick
  • Markers or Crayons

    Cute Easter Chick Savings Bank Craft
    His beak fell off because I ran out of glue and had to use tape, which was not sticky enough.

Steps

  1. Print this Easter chick head out onto a piece of paper. Lay the paper over the  yellow foam. Cut out the chick.
  2. Wrap a sheet of yellow construction paper around the empty Pringles and glue it down (some younger kids may need help with this).
  3. Cut out a triangle for the the beak of the chick and two half- circles for the feet.
  4. Glue the beak and feet onto the Easter chick. Draw the eyes, and then glue the chick to the can.
  5. Cut a slot in the top of the can just big enough to fit a dollar bill and some coins through. Put the lid on the can and enjoy your cute new craft for Easter.

Tips

  • Use googly eyes on your chick bank instead of drawing them by hand.
  • Teach your kids the importance of saving money by adding money to the chick throughout the year, and then using whatever money is in there to do something fun as a family next Easter. Next year, you can all count the money you added together and decide how to spend it. This is a great way to get your kids to practice counting money while teaching them that different things cost more than others.

Whether you decide to do crafts for Easter, go to a special Easter service, or play family games, do your best to spend this Sunday with your family.

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Two Card Decorating Crafts For Kids

Easy arts and crafts for kids are pretty easy to come by, but few are as fun as these two favorites for families who love to write letters and make cards.

Dried Glue Decorative Shapes

DriedgluedecorationsMaterials:

  • Elmer’s Glue
  • Wax Paper
  • Glitter

Instructions

  1. Draw shapes onto a piece of wax paper with the Elmers Glue.
  2. Sprinkle some of your favorite glitter onto the glue, right away.
  3. Let the glue dry until has hardened.
  4. Carefully peel the dried glue from the wax paper.

You can use these 3 dimensional projects to make a card “pop” or hang them from a piece of string to make pretty Christmas or holiday decorations. There are a lot of ways these glittery shapes can be useful.

Food Coloring Stationary

Food Colored StationaryMaterials:

  • Food Coloring
  • Paper
  • A Straw

Instructions

  1. Put small drops of different colored food coloring onto a large sheet of paper.
  2. Use the straw to blow the food coloring in different directions across the page.
  3. Let the picture dry completely.

This is fun and just colorful enough to frame as a completed piece of art. Or you can add a little bit of water to the food coloring before starting to make it light enough that you can use the paper as homemade stationary.

It always nice to find new easy arts and crafts for kids, because they are fun to create and just as much fun to look at, and they give new ideas for great gifts kids can make. If you like these ideas, try them and please send me pictures by tweeting me pictures, or sending them to me on Instagram or Facebook!

Easy Arts and Crafts For Kids From The Dollar Tree

Going to The Dollar Tree every month has always been something I have gotten in the habit of doing. They have many useful things which are usually in good condition at an affordable price. I especially love to go there to get things for my babysitting bag, which is a bag with toys, crafts and activities for all the kids I babysit (I bring a bag for the kids when I babysit).

My Haul From The Dollar Tree

Easy Arts and Crafts For Kids From The Dollar Tree

  • Butterfly and flower foam stickers
  • Planes, trains and boats foam stickers
  • Crown shaped foam pieces
  • Chalkboard stickers
  • Mod Podge
  • Happy Birthday certificates
  • Celebration bracelets

How To Make Your Own Chalkboard Crown Door Hanger

Easy Arts and Crafts For Kids From The Dollar Tree

Materials

  • Stickers
  • Markers
  • Paint and glitter
  • Glue
  • Chalkboard stickers

Instructions

Easy Arts and Crafts For Kids From The Dollar Tree

  1. Lay out all your supplies- Lay out as many craft supplies as you think your kids might want to use to make their Chalkboard Crown door hanger.
  2. Decide which color crown- Let your kids choose a color for their crown. They come in packages of 24 and there are six colors to choose from (orange, dark green, pink, lime green, purple and yellow).
  3. Place the chalkboard sticker- Help her put the chalkboard sticker where ever she wants on her crown.
  4. Decorate- Let your kids decorate their crown anyway they want. You may want to remind them not to decorate the actual chalkboard. Some kids will want to paint it, or put glitter on it.
  5. Add the hanger- glue a loop of yarn or string to the back of each crown so that you can hang it up when it dries.
  6. Let it dry- If you used glue or paint, let it dry overnight.
  7. Hang it up- When it is completely dry, hang it up on the wall or door. It is even small enough to hang around the door knob, but not so small that you and kids can’t write messages or draw on it.

The Dollar Tree and other discount craft and toy outlets are a great place to find creative things to keep the kids busy and give you a good time in the process. They have isles of easy arts and crafts for kids. It’s also a great place to go for ideas and inspiration for indoor games for kids and fun outdoor games for kids, as well.

10 Winter Break Essentials For Kids

It is officially winter, which means that winter break is just around the corner. That means more time to spend together as a family, and more time to keep the kids occupied. But don’t worry, if you have these winter break ‘must- haves’ at home, keeping them busy will be a breeze (well, as breezey as possible).

1. Christmas themed travel kits- If you plan to travel, this is a must. Travel kits with toys, crayons and coloring books will keep the little ones busy while you are driving.

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Taken at The General Store in Goldendale, WA

2. Card stock- Try to keep several colors of card stock around for making cards, which is a great way to teach your kids about giving.

3. Lots of colored construction paper- It’s important to have plenty of construction paper of all different colors, especially red and green. There is so much you can make: a Christmas card, perhaps, or maybe a colorful Christmas chain.

4. Board games for the whole family- Be sure you have games the whole family can enjoy. If you have a little one, don’t leave him out. What about a matching game? Matching games are easy to find for any occasion, and are a big hit with preschool and kindergarteners. You could also easily make your own.
5. Christmas cookie recipe book-

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Taken by John Sullivan http://www.public-domain-photos.com/food/cookies-free-stock-photo-4.htm

You can use the internet to find awesome recipe ideas, too. There are a lot less advertisements, if any, in a recipe book than online. Advertisements can be very distracting to some kids. But online, you can find many more ideas.

6. Crayons and holiday coloring pages- Always have a variety of fun Christmas coloring pages handy, especially if you have kids who love to color. You can buy a coloring book, or you can just print them off as you need them.

7. Holiday puzzles- These are a great way to help keep their minds active while they are out of school.

8. Miscellaneous holiday toys- What kid doesn’t like to get in the holiday spirit through play? Get out your Santa toys or holiday playdoh. You can even use your nativity set to help your kids act out the story of Jesus.

9. Lots of books- Books are a great way to spend quality time together during winter break. They are also a good way to keep the kids busy while you bake, or on long trips. Make sure they have lots of colorful pictures.

10. Several christmas movie favorites- “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” is a great movie to have out during the holidays. You can even read the book, and then watch the movie. In fact, all those classic Christmas cartoons you watched as a child are a great way to bond. Let your kids know which movies you used to watch.

*EXTRA TIP: Get these supplies before winter break starts so you won’t have to go even one day without them.*

How To Have A Mommy and Me Princess Party

It is so much fun to pretend to be a princess for a day. So how can you use your daughter’s natural desire to look pretty and act dainty to bond and get to know each other? Have a “princess party,” of course! “But, Merissa,” you ask ” how, exactly does one go about having a “princess party?” Well, you have to look the part- like a princess. You can’t be hungry. And you have to be invited to a ball. Don’t worry if you were not invited to a ball, though, because you are going to throw one. So slip on your glass slippers and get out your fairy godmother, because here is the most comprehensive checklist for the perfect princess ball.

STEP 1: Dress up in a pretty dress.

What kind of princess does not have a frilly gown? Get out the pretty princess dresses and model them for each other. It is important to have the perfect gown for the perfect night of ballroom dancing. If you do not have a princess dress or costume laying around, grab one of your pretty blouses and a scarf. Have your daughter put on the “dress”and the wrap the scarf around her waist. Another great way to make a pretty dress is to wrap a shimmery piece of fabric around her and use safety pins to make it stay.

STEP 2. Do each others hair and make- up.

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What is a beautiful dress without a fancy hair- do and some make- up to accentuate your look? Put your little princess’s hair in a dainty braid and wrap it into a bun. Or, if you have time, you could curl her hair and put it in half pony tail. Paint some glitter on her eyelids and a little bit of blush. Then add some pink sparkly lip gloss to complete her look.

Now that she is almost ready for the ball, it is your turn to get all gussied up. Let your daughter do your hair and make- up. Make sure you tell her thank you! Give her just the right make up, and help her put it on your face. Be sure to let her do most of the work. With opportunity comes practice, and with practice comes ability. (She will get better with practice). But for now, you have a ball to get ready for and you mustn’t be late!

STEP 3. Paint nails.

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It is always fun to paint your nails. Sometimes there is not enough time, but if you have time before the ball, you should. Painted nails is a great way to complete your look. Hey, how many balls will you be attending, anyway? Probably not many, so don’t miss out.

STEP 4. Have the “pre- ball” meal.

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What is a ball without a meal? Whip out the peanut butter, the bread and the jelly and work together to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Then cut the sandwiches into the shape of a crown. Take out a whole carrot and use a paring knife to “whittle” it into a carrot flavored scepter. Enjoy!

STEP 5. Dance until the clock strikes twelve.

Now for the moment both you princesses have been waiting for. It is time for the ball. Get out some dolls and stuffed animals for your “dates.” Put on some pretty princess party music, and dance the night away. Use your favorite mix of songs, but make sure that everybody has a turn to choose a song.

Okay, okay, so it might be hard sometimes to do all of these things in one day, but it is important to pretend with your daughter and the kids you take care of. Pretend is the way they learn to deal with real world issues. And what little girl wouldn’t love to be a princess for a day? The little girl I babysit is four years old. She is an all out girly girl. She loves pink and dresses and make up. When she did a really good job of helping out and obeying last week, we had a princess party. It is a great way to reward your little princess, too. It is well worth the effort, and we had a blast!