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Free printable math activities, math manipulatives, crafts, games for Pi Day

March 14 celebrates Pi Day and math! (3.14 is pi, a Greek symbol and commonly used math quantity). The best way to teach math is with real-life applications. The best way to explain math concepts is with hands-on materials that are multi-sensory. These tools are called math manipulatives because kids can touch and interact with them. They're not just paper and pencil activities or textbook lessons. Math manipulatives include real or play money (for market math), clocks for telling time, fraction bars, pattern blocks, parquetry blocks, peg boards, base ten blocks, Unifix cubes and Cuisinaire Rods. Here are websites with free printable math manipulatives for homemade materials.  Free printable math activities, math manipulatives, crafts, games for Pi Day 

Free printable Despicable Me Minions crafts, masks and games

Despicable Me continues to be a hit cartoon, thanks in large part to the yellow (and sometimes purple, yikes!) Minions. Gru's capsule-shaped assistants are cray-cray popular! We're going to see a lot of Minions trick-or-treating as they're a top 10 Halloween costumes of 2014. Here's a DIY Minion Halloween costume. How about some free printable Minion masks and crafts?  Free printable Despicable Me Minions crafts, masks and games 

Free printable Valentine's Day games, coloring pages, crafts, worksheets, activities

 Valentine's Day, celebrate Feb. 14, usually represents a party, candy and cards for children, So how about some free printable Valentine's Day coloring pages, cut and paste, games, lessons, puzzles and activities? Here are some websites to check out for free Valentine's Day printables. Use in school or homeschool. Tie in with your regular curriculum.Free printable Valentine's Day coloring pages, crafts, worksheets, activities - Grand Rapids Holidays | Examiner.com



Free printable Mardi Gras masks, homemade mask crafts for parties

Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday or Carnivale, is a Catholic Christian celebration. Fat Tuesday is only one day, before Ash Wednesday, In New Orleans it one long party starting in January after Epiphany. There are costumes, parades and feasting before the Lenten fast. Mardi Gras parade troupes, called krewes, spend months making masks and costumes. Looking to dress up for Mardi Gras? Here are free printable Mardi Gras masks, great for kids.Free printable Mardi Gras masks, homemade mask crafts for kids parties

 

Free printable Epiphany Magi, Three Kings Day, La Befana coloring pages - Grand Rapids Holidays | Examiner.com

Jan. 7 is the Orthodox Christian Christmas. It's Dec. 25 on the Julian calendar used by eastern Orthodox. Jan. 6 celebrates Epiphany (called Twelfth Night or Three Kings Day), another Catholic and Orthodox Christian feast. Epiphany, in Christmastide, marks the visit of the Magi to Baby Jesus in Bethlehem, explains L'Osservatore Romano. These holidays are celebrated differently around the world. In some countries, Epiphany is the major gift-giving holiday over Christmas. Gift-bringer traditions vary, too. Here are free printable Epiphany coloring pages for children. Links are included for printouts to color of La Befana (also called Babouska) a popular gift-bearer figure who's believed to come at Epiphany. Free printable Epiphany Magi, Three Kings Day, La Befana coloring pages

Free printable gingerbread house patterns and Christmas craft stencils

Dec. 12 is National Gingerbread House Day. Making holiday gingerbread houses is a favorite family traditions. Not being very artistic, I'd cheat and get the gingerbread house kit. But I've found a better way: free printable gingerbread house patterns, recipes and templates. People approach gingerbread house making in two ways. The first is to painstakingly design a work of art--not to be eaten, let alone touched. Then there's our youngest son's method: slap together a ramshackle gingerbread shed, lather in two inches of frosting, cover every inch in candy and devour immediately. Whichever school you subscribe to, you'll want these free printable gingerbread recipes, templates and patterns. Free printable gingerbread house patterns, Christmas craft stencils

Free printable Catholic Advent calendars for a Christian Bible Christmas

The Catholic Christian season of Advent began November 30, 2014 and goes for four weeks till Christmas. Many families follow Advent calendars. Some contain candy or prizes to countdown to Christmas. The Daily Mail, on November 24, listed even more lavish commercial Advent calendars prizes: nail polish, gifts, toys, jewelry, cosmetics, even beer!



While there's nothing wrong with a little treat, materialism defeats the Advent purpose: to focus on God. Constantly receiving teaches children (and adults) to be even more aquisitory than they already are at Christmas. If they're getting all season long, where's the magic of Christmas morning? Advent is about preparing for the coming of Christ with acts of charity.  Free printable Catholic Advent calendars for a Christian Bible Christmas

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