I'm a person who loves the challenge of coming up with original ideas. I love to design activities and crafts for my girls, and sometimes it takes longer for me to design the activity than it does for the little ones to whizz through it, lose interest and move on. Many times they have left the crafting table and are playing in the dirt whilst I am still sitting there with the acrylic paints and toilet rolls finishing off what we started. That's OK, they're just pre schoolers and can't be expected to sit there forever working on one thing... BUT sometimes I need a break from the activity-designing so I can get on with the boring stuff like house chores *yawn*. That's where these fun free printables come in handy. Over the past month I've been busy pinning and researching what's out there and have come up with this list of great activities that my kids LOVED. Best of all they were very little extra work for me, so without further ado here they are (in no particular order) ...
Town Colouring Page
By Lessons Learnt Journal: I love this because it's so simple and easy to set up, all you need is a set of watercolours and the printable and away they go. Find the full story and printable here
By Made By Joel: Seriously, my photograph of two cars doesn't do this awesome paper city justice. My girls were very taken by the ice cream van and printable people that go with the cities. The ice cream van became the favourite toy of the evening. My kids needed help cutting these out and folding them together but loved colouring them in and playing with the cars and people once they were done. You can even make a paper Paris and a paper Sydney including Luna Park and the Opera House.
By Krazydad Mazes: What kid doesn't love a good maze? My two are 3 and 5 and both of them love to challenge themselves with mazes. At this site there is a huge range of free mazes ranging from easy to super tough. We printed out 20 mazes and the girls whizzed through them in no time. This activity is really good for getting them thinking and practicing those all-important fine motor skills - but they just think it's fun. I must admit the speed that the kids ripped through 20 pages of maze printouts had me feeling a bit wasteful environmentally, and I have thought to myself it would be a wonderful idea to laminate the blank mazes and re-use them as boredom-busters whenever you need to.
By LearnCreateLove: My girls are super-girly. They LOVE butterflies so I knew that they would love this Blue Morpho Butterfly craft. Miss R's butterfly is the neat and tidy though half-done one on the left, Miss K's is the one on the right. Both are now hanging proudly on their playroom door. Learn Create Love is a site dedicated to creating gorgeous free printables, so if your kids don't love butteflies there is sure to be something that they do love on the list.
By Picklebums: There are four crazy designs to choose from here, but my two couldn't go past these pretty heart-shaped glasses. I cut the girls out a pair each to decorate and let them go to town with sequins and pom poms. Here is Miss K wearing her fabulous creation. We tied elastic to the ends so they stayed on and she spent the morning being Harmony from the ABC TV series The Fairies.
Acting for Orang Utans Post Cards
By Wildlife Fun for Kids: You really need to read this post to understand the full meaning of these adorable Orang Utan action postcards. I've visited Borneo twice before having kids and have had the privilage of seeing these animals in rehabilitation centres and in the wild as well. I was more than happy to pass on this message to my kids and have them colour in the postcards and post them to businesses in Australia that use palm oil products. The girls had fun colouring the orang utan picture and then walking up to the post box 2 blocks away and mailing them off.
By LearnCreateLove: Here's another fabulous printable from LearnCreateLove, because we had trouble choosing just one. Miss K had the help of her Gran to stick cotton balls all over the cloud shape and glue the rainbow colour strips to the back. Don't you just love the golden angel they added?
By The Craft Train as a guest post at Learn With Play at Home Ok, so I had to get a couple of our own in here somewhere! The kids loved making these dinosaurs. There are printables for all of the species above, just decorate your paper plate, cut out the shapes and staple together.
Healthy Eating Activities
By The Craft Train: Here is the healthy eating trolley activity I designed to help the girls gain an understanding of the foods that they really should be eating more of. You can find the full post and printables here.
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