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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Teach Kids Diversity: Game 1 (Pakistan)

We live in a very diverse world, and even though we have come a long way in the tolerance department, we still have a ways to go. That’s why the month of July is all about tolerance and diversity. For the rest of this month, We will be playing games, eating snacks and doing crafts that teach kids all about the benefits of having friends from other cultures and backgrounds. Come along on our journey to learning about other cultures and how interesting and diverse this world really is!

Let’s start this week off with a game from Pakistan. It can be played with several, or a few kids at a park or even in the backyard.
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Ounch Neech

Country: Pakistan

Players: 3 or more

Materials: A large open field with lots of places to stand, like trees, benches etc.

How To Play

One child is “it.” It must yell out one of two words, “ounch,” which means up, or “neech,” which means down. If It yells “ounch,” the ground is like fire and all the other players must find something to stand on before they get tagged. If It yells “neech” everything except the ground is like fire, and all the players must stay on  the ground or risk getting caught.

Extra Resources

Check out this article by Parents.com for more great ethnically diverse games to play.

~QOTP~

Try out some of these games, and send me a pic through Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #teachingkidsdiversity. Got any ethnically diverse games you like to play with your family? Email them to me, and I just might post them on my website!

More About Teaching Kids Diversity:

http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/parenting/school-age/10-ways-to-teach-kids-about-diversity

https://www.thechildrenstrust.org/index.php/parents/news/newsletters/916

http://momsmagazine.com/2015/07/09/5-books-that-teach-diversity-to-read-this-summer/

Fun Fitness Videos For Parents and Kids

Even though I have not had time to post in a couple of weeks since I am in the process of moving, I did find these really cool videos on YouTube about child fitness. The ideas in these videos are a great way to encourage your kids to stay fit and healthy. They are things that people at any age will enjoy (even the grown- ups).

“Fitness & Fun with Kids” – Christian Fitness -Faith Based Wellness

By Alisa Keeton

I love this series of games for two reason. The first is that it’s a great way to bond with your kids, and will help teach trust and teamwork. Second, she incorporates key verses from the bible into their routine.

Cool Games & Fun Warm-ups

By GymSmarts

This game is not only fun, but it is very funny. The more people you can get to play, the more fun it is. There is no limit to how many people can play at once since it’s not really a “competitive” game.

Focusing Fun for ADHD – Games to Help Kids Practice Focus

By Yoga Calm

I especially like this one because it is a game we used to play a lot at my elementary school. At the time, I thought any teacher who wanted to play this game was the coolest, but I now realize that it was probably more fun for them since it was NICE AND QUIET!

Which of these are your favorites? Comment or Tweet me some of your favorite YouTube videos for families.

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More About Encouraging Healthy Habits:

http://www.pbs.org/parents/food-and-fitness/sport-and-fitness/family-fitness/

http://www.parents.com/fun/activities/outdoor/get-active-games-kids-families/#page=1

http://merissawrites.com/2014/11/13/5-fun-tag-variations-for-all-ages/

RE: “17 Habits Of Very Happy Moms”

Today, I read an article on the Parent Magazine Blog entitled “17 Habits Of Very Happy Moms.” In the article author Marion Winik gives ways to stay happy and energetic as a mother, or father for that matter. Every piece of advice came directly from those high- energy, never- stop- smiling parents we all envy to some degree. After reading the entire article it seems to me that these 17 habits to being a parent with a smile can be summed up into just five main points.

1. Make time for family

Make time for your kids together and separately. Make time to be alone with your husband, or wife. And make time for activities the whole family will enjoy. This family has some really great ideas.

2. Make time for just you

Being a parent seems like it should be all about your kids one- hundred percent of the time, but even psychologists agree that you cannot be the best parent you can be if you are not first the best you you can be. So don’t feel guilty about taking a little “just me” vacation to the bath or somewhere. You need to care for your children’s parent if you are going to care for your children.

3. Spend time with friends

Being a good parent doesn’t mean you never spend time with just the grown- ups. So go to the movies as a couple or with all of your friends. You will need someone to remind you that it is not appropriate to burst out singing the backpack song from “Dora the Explorer” in public.

4. Be healthy

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Yeah, yeah, we have all heard it said that staying fit, keeping active and eating a healthy diet is “the key to happiness.” But it turns out that is exactly what some of the happiest parents around believe.

5. Have fun!

It has been said that being a parent is the hardest job you can have, but that doesn’t mean it has to be the WORST job to have. Relax. Pick your battles. Plan great adventures. Make the most imperfect piece of art you can. Search for bugs in the mud. Whatever you do, have fun with it. Soon your kids will be all grown up and you will be able to look back and be happy with all the fun you had.

But really, all of this can probably be summed up into one main idea, JUST STAY HEALTHY! Healthy socially, psycologically, emotionally and physically. A well balanced parent will make for a well- balanced home, life and family.

What did you think of the article on parents.com? Is there anything you would like to add? Please leave a comment below with your opinions. Are there any other advice tidbits you’d like to mention?

Crafts For Kids- Homemade Bookmarks (Easy Clean- Up)

Reading is so important. And it’s important to encourage your kids to love reading by associating fond memories of it with them. Decorating homemade bookmarks is one of my favorite crafts for kids. It’s easy to prepare and does not make a big mess, so it’s easy to clean up.

Materials

  • card stock
  • markers and or crayons
  • stickers (optional)
  • glue (optional)
  • decorative cut- outs (optional)

Steps

  1. Print the provided bookmark template.
  2. Cut out the template and trace it onto some colored or plain white card stock.
  3. Cut out your bookmark.
  4. Decorate it any way you can think of. You can use stickers for quick  decorating, or cut out some of your child’s favorite shapes (i.e. butterflies, hearts, dinosaurs etc).Homemade Bookmarks (Easy Clean Up)

Extra Tips

  • Try cutting out as many of the things your child might want to glue onto his bookmark before you start this project. This way, you will have time to make a bookmark too, instead of spending so much time cutting shapes out for your kids.
  • Always have several different shape favorites cut out. There are a lot of fun uses for creative shapes cut from different colored construction paper, cardboard and card stock. (I like to cut them out while I am watching movies).
  • Here are some links to my ABSOLUTE favorite things to use for this craft. They are quick, easy and a lot of fun!

Merissa’s Recommended Supplies

SunWorks Construction Paper- This pack of colored paper comes with 300 sheets! It’s the best deal on colored paper I have found, yet.

SunWorks Heavy Weight Construction Paper- This paper is a bit thicker than most, so it is perfect for making cards, bookmarks and many other crafts. You get 50 in a pack for less than $5.

Buy Crayola Glitter MarkersCrayola Glitter Markers- I am a big fan of glitter, who isn’t. But my favorite kind of glitter is the glitter that isn’t messy. With these markers you and your kids can enjoy all the perks of a sparkly bookmark, without all the mess.

While you are making your bookmarks, talk about what they are used for. When you are all done with your crafts for kids, find a nice comfy couch or bean bag, and read your heart out!

What do you think of this idea? Anything you’d like to add? Please leave a comment, and subscribe to my blog up in the corner to get an email every time I add a post.

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!