Free printable New Year's greeting cards, New Year's Eve party invitations | Examiner.com

Planning a New Year's bash? Then you will need party invitations. Here are links for free printable New Year's Eve party invitations plus New Year's Day greeting cards to send. If you entertain a lot at the holidays, you may want to bookmark these links as good sources for other free printable greeting cards and party invitations.  Free printable New Year's greeting cards, New Year's Eve party invitations | Examiner.com

Free printable Epiphany worksheets, Three Kings Day activities for Twelfth Night party

Jan. 6 is Epiphany, also called Three Kings Day, Dia de Reyes and Twelfth Night. On Epiphany, Catholic and Orthodox Christians celebrate the visit of the Magi (Three Kings, Wisemen) to Baby Jesus in Bethlehem. Orthodox Christian churches observe the Baptism of Jesus, called Theophany "vision of God") on Epiphany as well. Twelfth Night, not Christmas, is the major gift-giving holiday in many countries. Here are free printable Epiphany lesson plans, Three Kings Day crafts and Twelfth Night activities. In French, Latin and New Orleans traditions, Epiphany kicks off Carnivale which counts down to Mardi Gras. King Cake is eaten  Free printable Epiphany worksheets, Three Kings Day activities for Twelfth Night | Examiner.com

Christmas presents, educational toys, holiday gifts, stocking stuffers under $1

Ever notice that stores call "cheap" stocking stuffers $15-$20 gifts? That's way too much to spend on stocking stuffers which are basically "filler" Christmas presents. At those prices it would cost $100 to fill a stocking. If your child is getting other bigger, more expensive Christmas presents under the tree, keep spending to a minimum on stocking stuffers. But don't just fill the stocking cheap junk, either. Here are budget Christmas presents, educational toys, holiday gifts and stocking stuffers under $1 each. You can literally fill your child's stocking for around $5.  Christmas presents, educational toys, holiday gifts, stocking stuffers under $1 | Examiner.com

Free printable Thanksgiving puzzles and American History lesson plans

In autumn, around Thanksgiving, U.S. school curriculum focuses on colonial American history. Thanksgiving is a great time to study New World explorers, settlements, religions and native American cultures in Social Studies. In science, it's a good time to study harvest. Here are free printable Thanksgiving puzzles for lesson plans. Or use as holiday party games.   Free printable Thanksgiving puzzles and American History lesson plans | Examiner.com

Free printable sewing patterns, stencils, templates for Halloween costumes

 Halloween costumes are expensive to buy or rent. Why not make your Halloween costume this year? Here are websites with free printable sewing patterns for Halloween costumes and templates. Start at About Sewing for patterns for all sorts of Halloween costumes. Print Halloween costume patterns, templates and stencils for all ages of costume wearers: babies, children, teens and adults. Some of these patterns require some sewing and others are no-sew costumes. Each of the sewing patterns is free to print and has complete, accurate instructions. Use these free printable Halloween costume patterns and templates costume parties, the school play, theater productions, masquerade balls, history festivals, library activities, educational venues, museum activities and more.Free printable sewing patterns, stencils, templates for Halloween costumes | Examiner.com

 

Halloween haunted house ideas: Homemade vintage Dark Shadows spook house | Examiner.com

Are you old enough to remember when "Dark Shadows" came on after school? Back then kindergarteners didn't get cartoons with their after noon milk and cookies. They got scared witless! Kids born before Freddy and Jason horror movies still hold Dark Shadows as scariest. Why? Dark Shadows scared with understated film noir psycho drama, not blood and gore. You can create a Halloween haunted house using these elements. Here's a homemade vintage Dark Shadows spook house plan. This type of haunted house could be adapted easily for a theater or literature class.Halloween haunted house ideas: Homemade vintage Dark Shadows spook house | Examiner.com

 

Halloween haunted house ideas: Homemade vintage Dark Shadows spook house | Examiner.com

 Are you old enough to remember when "Dark Shadows" came on after school? Back then kindergarteners didn't get cartoons with their after noon milk and cookies. They got scared witless! Kids born before Freddy and Jason horror movies still hold Dark Shadows as scariest. Why? Dark Shadows scared with understated film noir psycho drama, not blood and gore. You can create a Halloween haunted house using these elements. Here's a homeemade vintage Dark Shadows spook house plan. This type of haunted house could be adapted easily for a theater or literature class. Halloween haunted house ideas: Homemade vintage Dark Shadows spook house | Examiner.com

Free printable Curious George coloring, worksheets, crafts, games, party kit - Grand Rapids Holidays | Examiner.com

September is National Literacy Month. And who better to represent it that mischievous monkey Curious George. Curious George has been around many incarnations since WWII when he was "born." His creators, Jews Margaret and H.A. Rey, escaped Nazi occupied France on homemade bikes with the manuscript for Curious George hidden. That adventure was the perfect introduction to nosy, lovable monkey. Here are free printable Curious George coloring pages, worksheets, lessons, activities, crafts, games and even a Curious George birthday party theme.Free printable Curious George coloring, worksheets, crafts, games, party kit - Grand Rapids Holidays | Examiner.com

Free printable Grandparents Day greeting cards, coloring pages, vintage clipart

Grandparent's Day is celebrated on the first Sunday after Labor Day. It falls on Sunday, September 13 in 2015. Grandparents Day is a wonderful way to celebrate family, heritage and the aged. Don't have living grandparents? Adopt some. One of the things seniors really enjoy besides visits from family, are greeting cards. Parents and teachers, why not combine a craft and a service project: print coloring page greeting cards for Grandparents Day. Here are free printable Grandparents Day greeting cards, many of which are color-your-own. Make these cards with family, Sunday School, religious education, scout troop, 4-H, classroom, home-school or daycare. Make cards for elderly relatives, neighbors, home-bound and shut-ins.Free printable Grandparents Day greeting cards, coloring pages, vintage clipart - 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

 

Lasagna recipes to die for, vegetarian lasagna to diet for on Lasagna Day - Grand Rapids Holidays | Examiner.com

Pasta lovers, July 29 is your feast day: National Lasagna Day! Now, I'm a weight loss food blogger. On every food holiday, I write diet recipes for those foods. I tweak recipes with food swaps to make light versions. But lest you think I can only make healthy, light food, here are two lasagna versions: lasagna recipes to die for and lowfat veggie lasagna to diet for. Who says I can't Paula Deen food?   Lasagna recipes to die for, vegetarian lasagna to diet for on Lasagna Day - Grand Rapids Holidays | Examiner.com

Free printable coloring page greeting cards for holidays and parties

Parents, you know how it's hard to keep kids occupied productively, especially before a party or holiday. And you know how bored kids get into mischief. Work-at-home and stay-at-home parents have it doubly tough. Ansty children underfoot

make preparations even harder. Well, don't despair. Here are boredom busters for kids--free printable color-your-own greeting cards. Put busy-body kids to work making cards to send and share. Use these holiday coloring pages to engage kids in holiday preparations, making decorations. These links have greeting cards to print and color, for all holidays.  Free printable color-your-own greeting cards and kids holiday coloring pages - Grand Rapids Holidays | Examiner.com

Independence Day party games: Patriotic 4th of July American history activities for kids - Grand Rapids Holidays | Examiner.com

Looking for 4th of July party games and crafts for kids? Here are U.S. history activities and educational patriotic party games. Use these for 4th of July parties and American history lesson plans, too. Don't make games too competitive so everyone can have fun without pressure to win.  Memorial Day party games: Patriotic American history activities for kids - Grand Rapids Holidays | Examiner.com

Patriotic drinks recipes, red white and blue cocktails, American themed shots - Grand Rapids Holidays | Examiner.com

Remembrance Day, or Memorial Day honors deceased loved ones and fallen military personnel. It's also the first summer holiday. Will you be celebrating with a Memorial Day party? Here are patriotic drinks recipes, red white and blue cocktails and American themed shots and recipes. My husband worked as a club and party bartender. We made these recipe up back in the day.   Patriotic drinks recipes, red white and blue cocktails, American themed shots - Grand Rapids Holidays | Examiner.com

Bridal shower games: Marriage advice crafts for wedding gifts, party favors

Hosting a bridal shower? Here are bridal shower games that are also gift crafts. Make marriage advice crafts and party favors with guests at shower. Then give these to the bride and groom as wedding gifts. Use these advice crafts as the bride's shower game prizes. Here are personalized shower crafts to make for brides-to-be.Bridal shower games: Marriage advice crafts for wedding gifts, party favors

 

Stargazing party for kids: Astronomy themed birthday slumber party campout - Grand Rapids Holidays | Examiner.com

April 24 is the 25th birthday of the Hubble Space Telescope. Is a child in your house celebrating a birthday? Why not host an astronomy themed backyard birthday party? Or just enjoy a family stargazing slumber party with kids? Wait till summer vacation or bundle up and have a spring campout! Here's all you need for this easy, inexpensive (darn near free) family stargazer fest.   Stargazing party for kids: Astronomy themed birthday slumber party campout

Free printable Easter basket patterns, Easter crafts, Easter bunny templates

Parents, do you get tired of constant holiday spending? Seems like it was just Christmas, then Valentine's Day and St. Patrick's Day. Now we're buying for Easter. Call me Scrooge, but I say it's time to curb spending before we drown in debt. Kids don't need more occasions to expect stuff. All that getting sets a dangerous precedent for greed. It makes for entitled (tiresome) children. Instead of bowing to marketing ploys this Easter, why not make your own homemade Easter baskets? They're just as nice and save a lot of money. Here's how.  Free printable Easter basket patterns, Easter crafts, Easter bunny templates - Grand Rapids Holidays | Examiner.com

Free Saint Patrick printables, St. Patrick's Day crafts, cards, decorations, party games

St. Patrick's Day is celebrated on March 17. Many people think the holiday is about green beer, shamrocks and leprechauns. Saint Patrick was a missionary to Ireland. Here are St. Patrick's Day lesson plans, crafts and activities to celebrate secular Saint Patrick's Day party with kids. Printable lesson plans are included to explore the Catholic Saint Patrick behind the legend. Saint Patrick printables, free printable Catholic St. Patrick's Day crafts - Grand Rapids Holidays | Examiner.com

Lantern Festival party planner, Chinese New Year spring festival games, crafts, recipes, fun - Grand Rapids Holidays | Examiner.com

The Chinese New Year of the Sheep (or goat as it's also called) began Feb. 19, 2015. CNY or the spring festival, concludes with Lantern Festival. In 2015, that's March 5. Here's a CNY Lantern Festival party planner with games, crafts, recipes, food, activities and curriculum tie-ins. Organize you Chinese New Year party in activity stations. Divide students into groups. Rotate groups through stations.Lantern Festival party planner, CNY spring festival games, crafts, recipes, fun

 

Squirrel Appreciation Day, squirrel coloring pages, crafts, recipes, printables

Why do we call them bird feeders when it's the squirrels who eat the lion's share of seed? These acrobats will go to any length and shape to get at bird seed. They hang by tippy-toenails and chow seed cake like a sandwich, no matter squirrel-proof the cage proclaims to be. So why fight it? Celebrate on Squirrel Appreciation Day, Jan. 21, reports Time magazine. Throw a squirrel party! Here are nutty games, crafts, recipes and printables to enjoy our backyard buddies.Squirrel Appreciation Day, squirrel coloring pages, crafts, recipes, printables

 

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