This is an easy Christmas craft that perschoolers could do (probably with a little assistance), but that looks nice enough that it doesn’t scream “a little kid made this!” It can obviously be used as a tree ornament … but you can also skip the […]
This dinosaur string art is a unique craft that has the benefit of teaching your kid the real-life skill of hammering (depending on their age.) If you’ve never done string art before, this post has everything you need to know to get started. Not only […]
Whether you love the spooky, scary side of Halloween, the dressing up in costumes, or just the candy, you can get into the spirit of the season with these word searches.
I made 3 word searches, with two of them being fairly easy and the final one a little more challenging. They make a fun and simple activity for both home and school.
In addition to the word searches, I also included links to several Halloween books for kids. And if you scroll all the way down to the bottom, you’ll find links to more Halloween-themed crafts and activities.
Halloween Books for Elementary Students
Whether you’re a parent or a teacher, it’s a great idea to pair these word searches with a book or two (or six).
Here a few ideas to get you started:
Ten Timid Ghosts (Read With Me Paperbacks)It’s Pumpkin Day, Mouse! (If You Give…)The Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat (First Time Books)Little BooGoodnight Goon: a Petrifying ParodyThe Spooky Wheels on the Bus
Easy Halloween Word Search One
Easy Halloween Word Search Two
Challenging Halloween Word Search
More Halloween Activities for Kids
- Pumpkin Playdough Recipe
- Halloween Coloring Pages for Preschoolers
- Toilet Paper Roll Halloween Craft
Penguins are sooo cute. I remember when our family went to the Gatlinburg Aquarium years ago, the penguin exhibit was our favorite part. Here are two penguin coloring pages, plus one with a penguicorn (penguin unicorn). I’ve also included some penguin books and […]
Here are 5 printable Christmas tree templates for can be used for all kinds of art projects. What kinds of art projects, you might ask? Well for starters, you could do something as simple as print out one of more of the templates, set them […]
Here are 6 different gingerbread man templates (well, actually 5 gingerbread men and 1 gingerbread woman) that you can use for all kinds of activities.
The beauty of templates is that you can create activities that are as simple or as complex as you want.
Or do both!
Here a few ideas to get your imagination going:
- Simply print them off and set them down on a table with a box of crayons or colored pencils for your kids
- Cut out several gingerbread men on brown construction paper or cardstock and lay them out on a table along with some fun things for kids to decorate them with:
- Make homemade felt gingerbread man tree ornaments
- Make a cute gingerbread man pop-up card
- Make puppets out of brown paper bags
- Make felt gingerbread men with googly eyes, buttons, and paint pens
- Use colored tissue paper to make a stained glass gingerbread man
Gingerbread Man Books for Kids
You know that I always have to find picture books to go with a theme. Here are some highly-rated books about gingerbread men:
The Gingerbread Man (Easy-To-Read Folktales)The Ninjabread ManThe Gingerbread Man Loose at ChristmasGingerbread FriendsRichard Scarry’s The Gingerbread Man (Little Golden Book)Ten Tiny Gingerbread Men
Note: All templates were created using images from FreePik.com.
Small Gingerbread Man Templates
Medium Gingerbread Man Templates
Large Gingerbread Man Templates
Happy Gingerbread Man Templates
Gingerbread Woman Templates
Broken Gingerbread Man Templates
More Printable Craft Templates
Here are 3 Halloween coloring pages that are perfect for preschoolers, kindergarten and elementary ages. These are great for parties, playdates, classrooms, and even passing out to trick or treaters. Check out these Halloween crafts for Preschoolers How to Make a Black Cat […]
This panda bear is a really simple craft that you can make within minutes of making this post. There’s no set up, nothing messy like paint, and you’re almost certain to already have everything you need. (If you don’t have black paper handy, you could […]
I admit that I tend to be unfairly biased toward girls when I create kids’ printables and crafts for this blog.
I don’t do it on purpose, but I’m guessing that it’s for 3 reasons:
- I used to be a girl and “girl things” appeal to me more
- I have 2 girls and only one boy
- In my personal experience, little boys don’t enjoy things like painting and coloring and cutting as much as little girls do.
This activity, however, is something that little boys will totally go to town on. (Girls will like it too.)
When my son was a toddler and in preschool, he was totally fascinated with vehicles of all kinds. (I think his very favorite were construction vehicles.)
Back then I never would have thought of using a bus as a painting tool, but I think it’s a great idea!
So if you know someone, boy or girl, who loves making vehicles go, they will love this art project.
Some Tips About This Painting Activity
- This is a very messy activity, so you need to put some thought into what time and place works best for you to do it. This is not an activity to throw together 15 minutes before you have to leave the house. the best time and place for it
- Consider doing this activity outside with your kid wearing a bathing suit, and then hose them down when they’re finished.
- If you can’t — or don’t want to — do this outside, then consider having your kid paint in the nude, or wearing just their underwear. Why not?
- We used a school bus because we had one handy and it gave it a fun “Back to School” theme, but don’t feel like you have to run out and buy a school bus just to do this activity. You can use one or more or whatever vehicles you already have, whether they’re toy cars, fire trucks, dump trucks, ambulances, etc.
- Do, however, make sure that you use a battery-free vehicle, since it’s going to get very messy and wet.
School Bus Painting Activity Supplies
- Toy School bus
- Washable paint (we used red, green, yellow, and blue)
- Paper plate
- Poster board
- Pre-filled Container with soapy water (for washing)
- Toothbrush (for washing)
- Optional: paper towel, hand towel for drying
- Painting Smock (optional)
Painting Activity Directions
- Set up a large piece of poster board or butcher paper. I highly recommend taping it to the floor, wall, or table so that it stays put.
- Pour desired amount of washable paint onto the paper plate.
- Roll the school bus wheels into the paint.
- Roll the bus around on the poster board to create paint tracks from the bus.
- When you’re finished, wash the bus in the soapy water using the toothbrush. (This is a fun activity in itself, and I wouldn’t be surprised if your kiddo spends as much time on this as they do on the painting part.
- Set the painting aside to dry when finished — and now you’ve got a unique painting!
I love Halloween as much as anybody else, but I always like the “cute” side of it (pumpkins, fun costumes, cartoony ghosts) aspects of it rather than the scary/gory/haunted house element. And, of course, the candy. If you’re looking for a cute-not-scary way to pack […]