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Shrove Tuesday activities to prepare for Ash Wednesday and Lenten season

Mardi Gras--also called Fat Tuesday, Pancake Day and Shrove Tuesday--anticipates Ash Wednesday and Lent in the Catholic, Orthodox and some protestant Christian churches. These observances count down to holy week and the Easter Triduum. Shrove Tuesday falls at a different day each year with the movable Easter feast. In 2015, it's Tuesday, Feb. 17. Although the term Mardi Gras is used synonymously with the Carnival ("farewell to the flesh") celebration, it's actually one day. Here are activities children can do to learn more about Fat Tuesday, Ash Wednesday and Lent.   Shrove Tuesday activities to prepare for Ash Wednesday and Lenten season | Examiner.com

Free printable Chinese New Year Lantern Festival crafts, patterns, activities

Chinese New Year begins late January to late February in the western calendar. It's also called Spring Festival. CNY ends with a lantern festival. Each year, a different animal of the 12-year Chinese zodiac is featured. In 2015, it's Year of the Sheep (also referred to as Year of the Goat). CNY 2015 began Feb. 19. Lantern Festival is March 5. Here are free printable lantern festival craft activities to celebrate.  Free printable Chinese New Year Lantern Festival crafts, patterns, activities | Examiner.com

Geometry printables, free printable math games, math worksheets for Pi Day

Happy Pi Day! Pi is a Greek symbol that represents a math quantity of about 3.14 used to solve equations and find circle measurements. Pi Day celebrates geometry. Now geometry is a fascinating subject but gets a bad rap because it seems boring and complicated. So teach it in hands-on ways. Here are free printable math and geometry worksheets and lesson plans. Print interactive math games, flash cards, matching activities, diagrams and and activities.   Geometry printables, free printable math games, math worksheets for Pi Day | Examiner.com

Free printable Chinese New Year of the Monkey activities, Spring Festival crafts

February 8 celebrates Chinese New Year of the Monkey 2016. Each year in the 12-year Chinese zodiac, a different spirit animal is honored as are people born under that animal sign (in 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968, 1956 and on back through the multiples of 12). Greet each other on February 8 with the traditional Chinese New Year blessing "Gung Hay Fat Choy!" Chinese New Year is part of the Spring Festival and ends with the Lantern Festival. Looking for free printable Chinese New Year of the Monkey activities? Here are CNY crafts, coloring pages, greeting cards, Spring Festival lesson plans, Lantern Festival crafts and more. Print Chinese zodiac crafts, animal crafts, party decorations, CNY games and puzzles and lots more.   Free printable Chinese New Year of the Monkey activities, Spring Festival crafts | Examiner.com

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 Christmas activities, holiday printables, crafts, games, worksheets for children

 Need some fun, interactive secular Christmas printables for holiday lesson plans? How about Christmas games, crafts, puzzles and activities to keep anxious children occupied until the Big Day? Or maybe you have a sick child at home who needs quiet activities to enjoy while recuperating? Here are websites loaded with free printable Christmas activities, crafts, and free stuff. Printables are non-religious Christmas and include Santa Claus, Christmas trees, elves, snowmen, etc. You can use these in public schools and venues where non-religious, generic winter holiday activities are preferred. Free kids' Christmas activities, holiday printables, crafts, games, worksheets | Examiner.com

Free printable Bible Christmas nativity scenes, Advent manger scene

Are you looking for religious Bible Christmas crafts for children to make during Advent? You'll want these free printable nativity scenes. Children can color Bible characters and assemble an Advent manger scene. Here's a free printable Bible Christmas manger scene with cut and paste coloring pages to put on paper towel tubes. Catholic Icing has eight coloring pages that you can click and print directly from her blog. Each page features Mary and Joseph, donkey, angel, wisemen, shepherds, Baby Jesus, camels. Download the set from the website.  Free printable Bible Christmas nativity scenes, Advent manger scene | Examiner.com

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