Free Coloring Pages for Kids

You can download & print My Little Coloring Book, a mini coloring book with 7 free coloring pages, complete with unicorns, sea creatures, butterflies & rainbows! Use markers, colored pencils, or crayons to bring the pictures to life!

Click here or on the thumbnail to the left to download My Little Coloring Book ~ coloring pages mini-bundle from TeachersPayTeachers.com

I also have all of the clip art images in color for sale in Kindergarten Nation’s Teachers Pay Teacher’s store. There is a link to the clip art on the credits page of the coloring pages bundle. You can use the clip art on your website, blog, Teachers Pay Teachers products, and more!

 

Halloween Coloring Pages Mini-BookThis Free Halloween Coloring Pages Mini-Book is a spooky-fun activity that kids can color! Download & print 1 or 2-sided, then staple the pages together to make the mini-book.

Use as an activity for Halloween Parties or give them out as a non-candy option for trick-or-treaters!

Click here or on the thumbnail to the right to download the It’s Halloween Mini-Book from TeachersPayTeachers.com

 

 

Here are some free coloring pages & coloring activities from around the web:

Free Coloring Page Bookmarks

free coloring page bookmarksThese three coloring page bookmarks by Dawn Nicole are completely free.  They are equally awesome for children or adults!

They can be found here: Coloring Page Bookmarks from ByDawnNicole.com 

Free Jungle Animal Coloring Pages

These adorable coloring pages are perfect for jungle units or just for fun! Find them here: Jungle Animal Coloring Pages by 123HomeschoolforMe.com

 

Rainbow Fish Coloring Page

Rainbow Fish Coloring Page

I use this coloring page as a stencil to create a fish outline for crafts and activities for the book, The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister. You can find this page along with a few other Rainbow Fish Coloring pages here: Rainbow Fish Coloring Pages

 

 

 

 

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Snail Craft & Activity for Kids

snails craftivity

We made this snail craft today to go along with our creepy crawlies theme.  They are super easy to make and kids practice fine motor skills as thy cut and roll the paper!

paper snails

What You’ll Need:

  • Glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Construction Paper
snail craft template

Snail Outline PDF

Prep:

  1. Pre-cut the paper into snail shapes snails and draw an outline of a leaf.  You can use any color for the snails. The snail shape is a strip of paper, with the eye shape cut out on one end.  Here is a Snail Template you can use to draw the snail outline.
  2. Draw leaves on pieces of green construction paper
  3. Place paper snail templates, and leaf templates out with glue and scissors.

Engagement

  1. First kids decorated the paper snail template while they are still flat, using markers.
  2. Next, they rolled up the snails, starting from the end opposite from the eyes.
  3. Finally, kids cut out and decorate the paper leaves, then glue their snail onto it.

paper snails

It’s such a fun activity. I think we will end up making them all week long!

snail craft

In my experience, kids really liked decorating and rolling up the snail shells.  A few of them made more than one. We ended up using all of them to decorate our Summer bulletin board!

I don’t have a picture but later on, I made some really tiny paper snails that were super adorable, You can pair them with a  larger snail as baby snails and put them all on the same leaf to make a snail family.

The idea for this snail craft came from: Snail Project by ArtforYoungChildren.blogspot.com

Activities to Go Along With This Snail Craft

snail coloring pageHere is a snail coloring page and reading & writing activity for beginning readers & writers to go along with the craft.

Kids can color the snail picture and read the sentences to learn about snails.  Then they can write one thing that they learned. Here is the link: Snail Coloring Page by PreschoolMom.com

Click here or on the thumbnail to the right to view and print the Snail Coloring Page (.pdf)

 

 

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A Lion Puppet Craft – Based on the book, Dandelion by Don Freeman

This cute lion puppet craft includes a free printable lion template for you to download and print. The inspiration for this craft came from the children’s book, Dandelion by Don Freeman, a book about a lion who nobody recognizes.

Lion Puppet Craft ImageFor this craft you will be using brown and yellow construction paper to make a lion puppet that is perfect for preschoolers and kindergarteners.

For this craft you will need:

Directions

1. Download the Lion Face Template.pdf.

2. Print the Lion Face Template.pdf on yellow construction paper. Each page has two lion faces on it so you will only need half as many copies of the  Lion Face Template.pdf.

3. Cut the paper down the middle so there is one lion face on each half and one for each student.

4. Download and print the Lion Mane Template.pdf onto light brown construction paper.

5. Cut out the mane piece and snip carefully around the edge, towards the middle,  to create the look of fur.

6. Cut out the lion face and glue the face onto the mane.

7. Finally, tape a straw onto the back side to complete your lion puppet!

Get your copy of Dandelion by Don Freeman

Dandelion by Don Freeman Book

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20 Bird Activities for Kids

Stock up on bird seed and grab a pair of binoculars!  Whether you live in the country or in the city, you can have fun learning about  wildlife in your own backyard. Here are some bird activities for kids to you started.

  1. Make Your Own Bird Feeder. Kids can make their own bird feeder using a pine cone that has been covered in peanut butter (or any other kind of nut butter) and rolled in bird seed. Hang it from a branch with some yarn and watch the birds fly in to feast! Here is a list of many different ways to make your own bird feeders! (http://nurturestore.co.uk/how-to-make-a-bird-feeder)
  2. Make Your Own Suet Cakes During the winter months, birds benefit from a little extra fat in their diet to help them stay warm.  Suet provides this extra needed fat. You can make your own suet cakes and use up the lard fat that is always left over after cooking beef.   Simply warm up the beef lard until it turns into liquid and mix it with some bird seed.  Then pour it into a pan and when it cools you will have suet “cakes”.  Here is one set of instructions for making homemade suet cakes (She doesn’t use beef fat, but she gives you the recipe and the exact amounts of each ingredient.  Just use your beef lard instead of substituting for the pre-packaged stuff.) I love that now you can actually do something with all that leftover fat!
  3. bird watching bookMake observations in your front yard. Take notes and listen to different bird calls. Certain birds like certain foods. Try adding something new to your bird food mix and see if you can attract a new bird species. What kind of birds do small seeds attract? What kind of birds and do peanuts attract? Here is a free printable bird watching book that your kids can use to keep track of the different birds that they observe.
  4. Create a bird collage. For an art project, kids can draw or photograph the different birds they see, then they can make a collage using the different pictures.
  5. Make a feathery bird mask. Check out this link for instructions and templates to make your own bird masks: http://housefulofhandmade.blogspot.com/2010/09/goofy-bird-masks.html.
  6. Get Crafty Making Some Cute Baby Birds In A Nest.  Kids can make this cute baby birds in a nest craft out of paper, yarn, feathers, googly eyes, and a little glue! Here a link to this craft on BuggyandBuddy.com baby birds in a nest craft
  7. Design a Paper Airplane Bird. Fold a paper airplane and color it to look like a bird of your choice, for example and eagle, parrot, or raven. Experiment by cutting your paper airplane birds into different shapes. Give some birds shorter wings, give some longer beaks. Then test out your bird’s flying abilities and see which bird flies the farthest, spins, ect.
  8. Build a Birdhouse. There are many templates online and instructions on how to make your very own birdhouse to put in your backyard.  Here are some instructions on building a bird house from scratch.  For an easier option, you can purchase a birdhouse kit online and put the pieces together as a family project.   Click here for a birdhouse kit you can buy on Amazon.Com 
  9. Go on a Bird Watching Walk. Take a walk around with your kids around your home neighborhood or their school, and have them make observations. Carry a clipboard and some paper so you can take notes and draw pictures of any birds that you see.
  10. Visit your local Parks. Kids can observe many animals, including local bird species at state and national parks. Let them use a bird book to identify the different bird species – here is one you can buy on Amazon.com: National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America.
    See if they can recognize the different birds by the sound they make. They can take notes of how the birds behave in their natural habitat.
  11. flower pot bird bathsMake a Bird Bath. Use plant pots to make a bird bath. Click here for instructions on how to make a bird bath with flower pots.  Then watch as the birds gather to clean themselves and take a drink.
  12. Plant a Tree as a Family Activity so the birds will have a place to hang out!
  13. Get Kids Involved in documenting the birds they see in the area.  Kids can take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count by following this link!
  14.  Make a Birds Nest Craft using items collected on a nature walk such as twigs, leaves, string, buds, and flowers. Check out this This Nature Walk Bird Nest Craft on ActivitiesForKids.com
  15. Build a Nesting Box for Birds.  You can attract birds to your home or child’s school and encourage them to nest by building a nesting box.  Here are five tips for nesting box success brought to you by the National Wildlife Federation.
  16. Learn to Identify And Make Bird Calls.  On SongBirdGarden.com, kids can listen to recorded bird calls of common and uncommon backyard birds.  Follow this link to listen to the sounds of a variety of different bird calls.  With a little practice, kids will be able to identify birds with their eyes closed and maybe even attract a few bird with some calls of their own!
  17. bunt cake bird feeder imageMake a Bunt Cake Pan Bird Feeder.  Recycle an old bunt cake pan by turning it into a bird feeder that all feathered friends will love! Here are the instructions for making a recycled bunt cake pan bird feeder.
  18. Create a Certified Wildlife Habitat for Birds and other Wildlife. Help kids create a habitat for birds and other wildlife and have it certified by the National Wildlife Federation.  It’s easy to do!  Simply create an area that provides food, water, shelter, and is pesticide free, then register it with the National Wildlife Federation.  The instructions can be found on the National Wildlife Federation’s website: http://www.nwf.org/How-to-Help/Garden-for-Wildlife/Create-a-Habitat.aspx
  19. Bird-Themed Sensory PlayBird-Themed Sensory Bin Play.  Fill a sensory table with bird seed and add some bird figurines.  Add feathers, a bird house, some plastic eggs, and a toy nest.  If you don’t have a sensory table, you can simply use a shallow plastic bin or tub.  Inspiration for this bird-themed sensory play activity provided by MyNearestAndDearest.com.
  20. Complete The Bird Watching Activity Challenge.  Print out the following list of bird watching activities and cross each activity off the list after it is completed.  Here is the list: TLC’s Bird Watching Activities for Kids. Did you finish them all already? If so, congratulations, you are a bird watching master!

Have an activity you want to share? We would love to hear it! Leave a comment below!

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