Here is a fun Thanksgiving placemat for your kids to color and play games on. Simply print these out on cardstock and let the kids color, write down their gratitudes, play with mazes, and word scramble. A great no-prep Thanksgiving activity for a stress-free gathering.
Looking for an easy activity for your preschooler to do for dad this Father’s Day? Print out this 5×7″ foldable Father’s Day coloring card for preschoolers to color in.
While this coloring activity looks like just a fun activity for kids to do for dad, it offers many benefits for preschooler.
BENEFITS OF COLORING FOR PRESCHOOLERS
1. Helps develop hand strength- Preschoolers are just beginning to build their muscles so coloring will help them strengthen their hand strength. Hand strength is important for so many activities, especially handwriting. It will also help them with develop proper pencil grip.
2. Encourages creativity- Coloring offers kids creativity. Even if you give 10 kids the same exact coloring pages, each one will look different in the end. One child can color the sun purple, while another color it yellow. Some might color everything in black. Another child might want to draw something new and color that in. Coloring let the kid be control of what their art look like.
3. Helps with early writing skills – Eye-hand coordination and pencil grip are important aspect of handwriting. With coloring, a preschooler practice control of the crayon (how much pressure is exerted on the crayon to make darker color or lighter color), the speed, and the direction. Not only does coloring prepare preschooler for writing, but also use of other utensils, such as scissors, grooming and hygiene tools,
4. Promote patience and focus – Coloring for preschooler as well as for older kids and adults is a great activity to slow down and focus on one task. It takes patience to color within the line and focus to bring the final result from the child’s mind onto paper.
5. Language development – Coloring and discussing their final result helps the child use descriptive words to describe and rationalize why they choose a particular color. When you look at your child’s finish art piece instead of saying how nice it is, say, ” I see you color this in purple, why did you pick that color?” Or you can simply say, “Can you tell me a little bit about your art?” and see what your child says. It might surprise you at to why they do things.
6. Self expression- Drawing and coloring is a form of self expression. This is their way of expressing how they feel when they can’t find the right words. My friend’s kid was sad when she sees all the animals at the shelter not getting adopted so she drew a picture and color it in. This helped her mom to see how she’s been feeling and thus leads to discussion on feelings, animal adoption, etc.
7. Color recognition – Coloring helps them understand what primary colors are and explore color combinations.
8. Bilateral Coordination – Coloring promotes the use of both hands, which is a very necessary skill for writing, cutting, and daily activities. When coloring, a child hold the paper with one hand while the other hand colors.
This Father’s Day coloring card is 5×7″ when folded. I’ve also include the same design in 8.5×11″ size in PDF and PNG files. You can digitally color the PNG files in Procreate.
Supplies and Instructions
Creating the card is fairly simple.
1. Print it out on cardstock either at home or at a printing shop.
2. Cut out the card with a paper trimmer or scissors.
3. Fold it half.
4. Have your child color it in using crayons, color pencils, or markers.
5. Write inside card.
6. Give to dad!
7. If you want to put it inside an envelope, I recommend these. You can also make your own envelope.
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Happy Father’s Day!
This cute Valentine’s Day I Spy printable for kids is perfect for the home or classroom party.
A perfect no-prep activity for your preschooler or kindergartener. Simply print this out on copy paper, provide them with some coloring pencils or crayons. Your kid will do the rest.
More fun and free Valentine’s Day printables
Benefits of playing this Valentine’s Day I Spy activity for kids
This I spy activity page might look like a simple activity to keep your kid busy, but there is a great deal of learning going on!
- Visual discrimination – Your kid is focusing on details and discriminating between shapes.
- Fine motor skills – While using pencils, crayons, and/or other writing tools, your kid is practicing her grip and fine motor skills.
- Memory – Memory is needed her to remember what your child is looking for and matching other items that are similar.
- Counting and writing number – Your kid will learn to count and properly form number. You can further discuss numbers by asking which item has the least amount, which the most, etc.
This Count and Color I Spy game is part of a bigger Valentine’s Day bundle that includes 18 more activities for your kids to enjoy!
- 1 Valentine’s Day Color and Count
- 1 I spy Valentine’s Day
- 1 Tic Tac Toe
- 1 Make Squares
- 1 Valentine’s Day Word Scramble
- 1 Word Search
- 6 Valentine’s Day Mazes (3 different levels of difficulty)
- 4 coloring pages
- 3 pages of coloring cards
Your preschooler will love this Valentine’s Day Activity Book.
- Coloring Binder Cover
- One coloring page
- Coloring greeting card
- Coloring bookmarks (4 different designs)
- Memory Game (can be printed one-side or double-sided)
- Color by number
- Three Count and Color (from easy to hard)
- I-Spy Valentine’s Day
- Missing alphabet
- Prewriting Tracing
If your kids love gnomes and play I-Spy then he/she might enjoy this I Spy Bundle.
- 4 games at different difficulty levels.
Download and Print the Valentine’s Day I Spy Printable
- copy paper
- printer – I have a similar HP printer that uses INSTANT INK. It’s a monthly subscriptions (I pay $2.99 for 50 pages/month. You can rollover unused pages. Doesn’t matter if you print in color or black and white. You’ll get ink delivery to you before it runs out. You’ll get a mailer also to recycle your old ink.
- crayons/color pencils
- Valentine’s Day I Spy printable (click on the link below to download)
Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!
These 40+ beautiful and free Christmas printables make decorating last minute sooo easy!
Been busy and seriously have not decorated or ready for Christmas at all? It’s ok. I’m also a last minute person. Honestly, even if I decorate way before hand, I always come up with something I really want to do several days before Christmas. It can be stressful so I want to make it easy for you this Christmas.
I created these printables that will allow you to take a break from the stress of looking for that special decoration while still celebrating the holiday season in style. I also have some printable gifts, such as milestone stickers and closet dividers that would look lovely with a cute kids’ outfit.
Over the years I’ve created many free Christmas printables. Here are all of them for you to download and enjoy!
CHRISTMAS WALL ART
CHRISTMAS GIFT TAGS
CHRISTMAS STATIONARY/PRINTABLE GIFTS
CHRISTMAS ACTIVITY PAGES FOR KIDS AND ADULTS
MERRY CHRISTMAS puppy number sequencing puzzle
Dinosaur-Themed Christmas Activities for Kids
Free Printable Winter and Christmas Coloring Bookmarks: 3 Designs to Color
Free Cute Floral Bookmarks and Gift Ideas for Readers
For the printable wall art, I recommend printable on these photo papers for a crisp and colorful result.
Use these sticker papers for your baby milestone stickers.