Kid Color Pages: Earth Day for Girls

We are really digging kid color pages  lately  and I am so happy to share them with you!

I recently shared a boy version of Earth Day color pages and I think you will enjoy this girl version as well.

Creating these color pages promoted me to find out some history and fun facts about Earth Day. The information is fun and I thought it would be helpful for us to share with our kids. While we naturally teach our kids not to litter, not to be wasteful and  recycle what we can, sometimes I think we forget other ways that we can be Earth friendly in our every day life.

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You can print the six page Earth Day kid color pages for girls. Grab some crayons, markers or paints and create something gorgeous.

 

Earth Day started in the United States.

It was recognized worldwide by 1990.

 

Kid Color Pages: Earth Day for Girls

More than 1/3 of all energy is used by people at home. 

Turn off the lights when you leave a room. It really does make a difference.

Kid Color Pages: Earth Day for Girls

The average American uses more than 750,000 gallons of water per year.

Turn off the water while you’re brushing your teeth.

Kid Color Pages: Earth Day for Girls

Did you know that 14 billion pounds of trash is dumped into the ocean every year?

Never liter and be an example to your friends. 

Kid Color Pages: Earth Day for Girls

We each use about 12,000 gallons of water every year. Wow, that is a lot! 

Collect rainwater and use it to water plants!

Kid Color Pages: Earth Day for Girls

It takes 90% less energy to recycle aluminum cans than to make new ones. Recycle! 

Kid Color Pages: Earth Day for Girls

More Earth Day Activities:

63 Earth Day Family Activities and Projects

Are you looking for Earth Day crafts, activities and home decor ideas to do with your family?

I have 63 fun and fabulous projects to inspire you today!

63 earth day activities for families

Kid Crafts and Activities

How to Make a Terrarium-Gardening with Kids by Frugal Local Kitchen
Eco Friendly Craft Projects for the Family by SusieQTpies Cafe
In like a Lion Cardboard Tube Craft by Theres Just One Monny
Homemade Can Pencil Holder Teacher Idea by Crystal & Co
Recycled Mixed Medium Painting Art Project by Bowdabra
5 Dress Up ideas you can make yourself (cute paper plate fireman hat) by Mums Make List
10 Recycled Paper Roll Crafts by B. Inspired Mama
Capri Sun Recycled Box purses by Bowdabra
Celebrate Earth Day with Handprint Art by Fun Handprint Art
Egg Carton Flowers by Wild Flower Ramblings
Recycled Seed Planters by Life with Moore Babies
Repurposed Chair Craft For School Fundraiser by Crystelle Boutique
Toilet Paper Roll Bird Feeder by Wiregrass Parenting
Sewing Cards from Recycled Greeting Cards by Crafty Journal
Jean Pocket Purses by Family Home and Life
Handmade Coffee Filter Flowers by Crystal & Co
Recycled Cassette Tape Treasure Boxes by Bowdabra
Keeping the Kids Busy with Wrapping Paper Tubes by Theres Just One Mommy
Recycled Craft Chalkboard Toys by B. Inspired Mama
Toilet Paper Crowns by Bowdabra
15 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day with Kids by B. Inspired Mama
Recycled Bandana Frames by Bowdabra
Milk Carton Coin Pouch by Green Issues by Agy
Upcycled Desk Can Organizer by BowdabraRecycled Activities for Earth Day

 

Educational Resources

Letter Learning with Bottle Caps by Sugar Ants
Free Earth Day Printable Word Search by Deals!
Rattle & Shake Counting Activities by Crazy Little Love Birds
Dream Bottles recycled educational projects by Life with Moore Babies
Lady Bug Math for Preschoolers by Teaching Mama
Earth Day Awareness Ideas by 3 Boys and a Dog
Earth Day Study Unit by Stacy Sews and Schools
Free Earth Day Printables and Activities by Living Montessori Now
Color Matching with Playdough by Sugar Ants
Free Earth Day Handwriting Printable by Deals!
Learning Colors with Pipe Cleaners by Sugar Ants
Earth Day Cursive Handwriting Printable by Deals!

 

Homemaking Projects

Upcycled boxes into Burlap Covered Boxes by Saving 4 Six
Tee to Short Refashioned Tutorial by Stacy Sews and Schools
Cupcake Liner Wreath by Quite Carried Away
Flower Power Button Ring Tutorial by Jewelry Making Journal
Recycled Magazine Holders Crafty Journal
10 Useful Things to Make Thrifty Presents by Mums Make List
Upcycled Tshirt Dress by Lisa Un-Hemmed
DIY iPhone Case by Creative Khadija
Egg Centerpiece by Crystelle Boutique
Go green -How to Stop Using Paper Towels by Sisters with Stuff
Mason Jar Twine Holders by A casarella
Upcycled Coffee Cozy by Authentic Simplicity
Repurposed Pool Noodles by Family Home and Life
10 Green Cleaning essentials by Mums Make List
DIY Spring Centerpieces from Aluminium Cans by Rags to Stitches
Repurposed Jewelry Bracelets Makeover by Jewelry Making Journal
Scrap Fabric Wreath by Bowdabra
DIY Baby Legwarmers from socks by Purposefully Simple
Upcycled Craft Paper Personalized Gift Bag by The DIY Dreamer
Men’s Repurposed Shirt Dress by My Busy Craft Life
Upcyled Goodwill Home Decor by Bowdabra
DIY Hair Bow Holder by Your Modern Family
Upcycled Bedside table by And Who Says You Cant
Recycled Gift Box by Bowdabra
Upcycled Clay Keyring by Creative Khadija
70s Towel Dress by My Busy Craft Life
 

5 Ways to Encourage Play for Boys

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Gymboree. Tracking Pixel

I have been a boy mom for sixteen years! Crazy right? We have a houseful of sweet, wild, crazy, fun, adorable boys!

One thing I can tell you with certainty is… play is very important for boys. They learn this way. It encourages creativity and ingenuity.

Part of our homeschool day is about my kids just playing- this gives them time to make sense of the world around them. I believe it builds confidence, character and encourages growth in so many ways.

The importance of play for Boys

While we homeschool now, when our two older boys were in public school, one of the first things we did when they came home from school each day was play.

Boys have energy. Boys need to roam and explore.

We go to the park, we play in our backyard, we play indoors.

We ride bikes and scooters, we build with toys, we play independently and together.

Here are five ways that you can encourage play with your children.

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5 Ways to Encourage Play

1. Create a playlist of fun music and incorporate it into your play. You can do this with a boom box if you’re playing outdoors, like at the park.

2. Get everyone involved. Include games that bring friends and family together. Check out this fun play date guide over on Pinterest. (We love playing parachute games! Totally reminds me of being a kid too!)

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3. Get moving! Boys need movement. Boys have energy. Let them roam and explore! Make it fun.

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4. Go old school! Don’t under estimate the learning and fun that takes place with simple vintage games like we played as a kid. Remember how fun blowing bubbles was when we were kids? What about playing paddle ball, making airplanes and playing with a kazoo! Having a hard homeschool day or kids bouncing off the walls once you pick them up from school? Have some old school game fun and get active!

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5. Seek comfort. Your kids being comfortable while playing will encourage play to go further. This is what I love about the Hop ‘n’ Roll line from Gymboree. Total comfort for my boys while we roam outdoors and get active. I love their everyday favorites and so do our boys. They could play for hours and hours! (And no one complaining about clothes being uncomfortable… I have some picky kiddos!)

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Since 1976 Gymboree has known what mom’s know… they have watched kids learn and grow through the power of play. Rather you’re having a play date or a picnic, Gymboree wants you to have the cutest (and most comfortable) kids in the sandbox.

I love the KaBOOM! program Gymboree is a part of.  They are working to provide childhood of play for kids all over. Proceeds from the Hop ‘n’ Roll line are being used to build a place for play for 10,000 kids in 2015!

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Gymboree is also offering one Crystal & Co., reader a $100 Gymboree giftcard! Jump over and check out the Hop ‘n’ Roll Collection, (and come back and leave a comment here letting me know the one item you love most from the line.) The Hop ‘n’ Roll line is for boys and girls from size 6 months to size 10 (youth). This giveaway will be open for one week (April 8, 2015 until April 15, 2015, at 11:59 pm) and one winner will be chosen randomly.

 

Here is what my boys are wearing in the pictures above.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Gymboree.

Kid Color Pages: Earth Day for Boys

We are in love with kid color pages at our house!

These were so fun to make as we celebrate Earth Day.

Here is a collection of six pages kids can color that all focus on Earth Day which is around the corner!

These are great for just any day of the week as we are reminded about doing our part to keep our planet clean. They are also nice additions to your homeschool day!

kid color pages  Earth Day for boys

You can print the 6 page Earth Day color pages for kids here. Enjoy discussing these Earth Day facts together as a family as you color.

Earth Day is April 22nd each year. It started forty-four years ago in 1970.

Did you know it takes 100 to 400 years for plastics to break down in a landfill?

kid color pages  Earth Day for boys

 

How much plastic does your family throw away?

Did you know that most families throw away about 88 pounds of plastic every year?

 

kid color pages  Earth Day for boys

 

Did you know that the average American produces four pounds of trash per day?

And, recycling one glass bottle can power a computer for 30 minutes!

 

kid color pages  Earth Day for boys

 

Did you know that over 80% of all household waste can be recycled?

Think before you toss!

kid color pages  Earth Day for boys

 

Did you know that recycling a stack of newspaper that is about 3 feet in height saves one tree?

Reading about the news online is an option too that saves paper.

kid color pages  Earth Day for boys

Have you ever thought about growing your own garden as a family? You can start now and even create your own compost!

Don’t want to commit to a garden? Plant some flowers!

kid color pages  Earth Day for boys

How will you celebrate Earth Day with your family this year?

Recycled Activities for Earth Day

More Earth Day Activities:

Kid Color Pages: Ladybug Life Cycle

We love kid color pages at our house! With the warm weather we are looking for fun ladybug activities and crafts.

I thought an educational collection of printables that focus on the life cycle of the ladybug would be perfect.

Grab your crayons, markers or colored pencils.

And let’s talk about the metamorphosis process of the ladybug!

 

kid color pages ladybug life cycles

 

Print out your ladybug life cycle printables. <<——- click here to print

Start at the top of the page and work your way around talking about each stage of progression for the ladybug. Follow the arrows.

Color each step of the way.

life cycle of a lady bug color pages for kids

 

Now you can break it down page by page.

Count the eggs.

Talk about where the ladybug lays her eggs.

 

lady bug eggs kid color pages

The next pahse of the ladybug is to be a larva.

Here is a young larva and a mature larva.

See how much they change as they grow?

Count the circles on the young larva.

Count the spiky little hairs on the mature larva.

larva lady bug kid color pages

Next it changes into a pupa.

This looks a lot like a caterpillar, don’t you think?

Look at the furry hair and all the circles. Talk about the changes

Count the circles on the pupa’s back.

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Did you know that when a ladybug is young it is yellow and has no spots.

Color this ladybug yellow!

How many legs does the ladybug have?

kids color pages young lady bug

And now the ladybug is red and black and has it’s spots.

Where do you see ladybugs in your yard?

Crawling on flowers, trees and in the grass?

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And there you have it. The life cycle of a lady bug.

You can also read this great book for youngsters called A Ladybug’s Life while you do these kid color pages.

 

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Old School Games Kids Love

Ever think back to the good old days of playing those timeless classics when you were younger? When I was a kid there were not smart phones, tablets, or Nintendo handheld devices. We had to make fun with our imaginations and lots of physical activity! Spring time brings the fun of outdoors. As a child I remember once winter was over we were dying to go outside and play. With play time comes snack time. We all know that active playtime makes for hungry kids! You can’t go wrong with Man and Cheese! Horizon Mac and Cheese is the perfect afternoon snack for those refueling moments. Its easy, gluten free, and is always a favorite for kids!

active play games kids love

Here is a list of old school games sure to bring fun, laughs, and hungry tummies!

1. How to Play Kick the Can : Everybody loved this game! – Coffee Cups and Crayons

2. Rope and Hula Hoop Activity : Hula Hoops were super fun.- Happy Hooligans

3. Games from Around the World: All things old school and classic! -Crystal & Co.

4. DIY Twister with Chalk : Sidewalk Twister,sure to be hours of fun!-Kids Activities Blog

5. Dinosaur Hide and Seek: Timeless classic of hiding and seeking!- Child Central Station

6. Freeze Tag For Preschoolers: Who doesn’t LOVE this game? – Kids Activities Blog

7. Sight Word Hopscotch: Always fun to see who could hop longest!- Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas

8. How-to Play Red Light Green Light: This game never gets old!- Teach Preschool

9. Sidewalk Simon: An updated version of Simon Says.- Toddler Approved

10. Marco Polo: Spent hours of pool time with this one!- Coffee Cups and Crayons

11. Flashlight Scavenger Hunt:A little fun after dark, why not?- Kids Activities Blog

12. 80+ Free or Inexpensive Classic Activities for Kids: These are the ways we entertained ourselves as kids… ya know, skipping rocks, kick ball, flying a kite. -Crystal & Co.

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With these super active games your kids are certain to need a favorite snack and why not give them something they will love like Horizon’s Mac and Cheese! You know what I love about Horizon Mac and Cheese? Organic cheese, organic pasta and NINE grams of protein per serving. That sticks to your ribs! (Follow Horizon on Facebook and Twitter!)

What were your favorite playtime activities as a kid? Better yet, what is your favorite lunch or snack that you love to give your kids after a hard day of play?

This conversation is sponsored by Horizon. The opinions and text are all mine.

Activities for Kids: Reverse Easter Egg Hunt

One of my favorite holidays to celebrate with the kids is Easter.

There are just so many fun Easter activities for kids that I thought I should start early.

This past week my kids and I had some Easter fun, we did a little activity I like to call reverse Easter egg hunting.

Activities for Kids: Reverse Easter Egg Hunting

I’m sure you’re thinking – What is reverse Easter egg hunting?

Well, in regular Easter egg hunts you search for the eggs that are already filled with goodies.

In reverse Easter egg hunt you find things to fill your eggs!

Activities for Kids: Reverse Easter Egg Hunting

This is a real simple activity that my kids just loved! 

All you need to have your own reverse Easter egg hunt is a nice day and a dozen or so empty Easter eggs.

Activities for Kids: Reverse Easter Egg Hunting

I gave the kids a few directions on what to fill their eggs with and set them free.

We gathered leaves, sticks, sand and seeds.

This activity can be fun for older kids too!

One way is to have them find colorfully things that match their eggs.

Finding Treasures

My kids were pretty proud of their findings and loved showing them off.

Once they filled one egg they would grab another and start the hunt all over again.

AActivities for Kids: Reverse Easter Egg Hunting

We had a blast with our reverse Easter egg hunt!

I’m sure we will have many more ‘hunts’ before the big one at the end of the month!

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Kelley is the mastermind in charge of her family.   She loves to spend time crafting, cooking and making her kids laugh. She believes she was destined to be a comedian but has put her stand up dreams on hold to raise her two kids. She blogs about her family at thegrantlife.com and often entertains her readers with her wise cracks.

You Should Totally Prank Your Kids

Do you have any good April Fools Day pranks up your sleeve? It will be here before you know it!

This year I am excited to play a couple of these pranks on my kids. (I am totally freezing their bowls of cereal the night before. Any probably fill their shoes with Legos, or something along those lines.)

I have pulled together some of my favorite ideas that I’ve seen online. These are pretty funny and I think my kids will remember them for years.

Have you ever done anything like this before? Just for fun.

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Good April Fools Day Pranks

Which one is your favorite? How do you plan to prank your kids for April Fools Day?

 

Jokes and Pranks You Can Buy

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Jokes on You Prank Kit

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Practical Joke Book 

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid Prank Kit 

The Most Amazing and Easy to Build Lego Ideas

Do your kids love building with Legos? There are endless possibilities for building projects. My boys spend hours upon hours building some of the most articulate projects and using such great imaginative skills!

Want to give your kids new building projects? Check out these easy to build Lego ideas that every child will love! While you’re here, make sure you check out all of our activities for kids.

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Easy to Build Lego Ideas

1. Lego Ducks Spring Lego Building Ideas For Kids- Little Bins For Little Hands

2. Two Ways to Build a Lego Catapult- Frugal Fun For Boys

3. Lego Leprechaun Trap- Brain Power Boy

4. Hex Bugs Lego Habitat- Little Bins For Little Hands

5. How to Build a Lego Table- Kids Activities Blog

6. Leprechaun Trap- Little Bins For Little Hands

7. Lego Candy Dispenser- Frugal Fun For Boys

8. Bridge Building- Frugal Fun For Boys

9. Building with Lego Candy- Kids Activities Blog

10. Easter Lego Designs- Brain Power Boy

11. Lego Ornament- A Mom With A Lesson Plan

12. Train Table to Lego Table- I Can Teach My Child

13. Lego Zip Line- Little Bins For Little Hands

14. Rocket Powered Lego Car- Frugal Fun For Boys

15. Building Reading Skills with Legos- Picklebums

16. Word Family Lego Buildings- I Can Teach My Child

17. Rubber Band Powered Lego Car- Frugal Fun For Boys

18. Lego Rainbow Build- Little Bins For Little Hands

19. Lego Instruction Book- Kids Activities Blog

20. Build a Lego Hat- A Mom With a Lesson Plan

21. Build and Design a Candy Lego Playground- Planet Smarty Pants

22. Lego Science: An Ice Excavation Experiment- Lemon Lime Adventures

23. Lego Inspired Retelling of The Very Hungry Caterpillar- The Educator’s Spin On It

24. Lego Race Track- Frugal Fun For Boys

 

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Which of these are your kids favorites? Aren’t you so excited to share all of these with your Lego loving friends?

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10 Activities for 2 Year Olds to Keep Them Busy {and Happy} in the Car

Finding age appropriate activities for 2-year-olds is sometimes a challenge.  As we all know, they have a short attention span and even when you find something that works once, there is no 2-year-old activity guarantee that it will work again!

Come to think of it, wouldn’t a 2-year-old activities guarantee be great?

ten activities for two year olds while traveling

Traveling with a Two year old can be especially challenging.  Their naturally wiggly bodies are strapped into a car seat for an undisclosed amount of time.

Car Activities for 2-Year-Olds

Since we have already arrived at the idea that no ONE activity will always be the answer, today I am presenting 10…just in case the first nine don’t work for YOUR child!

1.  Try listening to some new music or even playing an audio book.  Did you know many of your children’s favorite books are in audio form?  Audible.com has a whole section of books for ages 0-4!

2.  Let them zone out with some app time.  There are many great educational apps out there for to download for free on your iPod, iPad or Android device.

3.  Play some games like what’s missing?  Have your little one close their eyes and then hide something.  When they open their eyes they have to guess what disappeared.

4.  Bring along a new coloring book.  There are lots of great on the go lap desks and crayon carriers that are perfect for coloring on the road.

5.  Learn more about your kids by playing 20 questions.  Come up with some easy, toddler questions like If you could be a superhero, which one would you be?  

6.  Blow bubbles out the windows when you are on roads with lower speeds.

7.  Surprise them with a mystery bag.  Fill a bag with little items from the dollar store or even from around the house and let them dig in.  You can also make it more fun by having them guess what’s inside.

8.  Let them color on the windows of the car with window markers.  Don’t worry – it all washes off!

9.  Bring a box of books for them to flip through and look at.  Mom and dad can crawl back and read a few as well.

10.  If all else fails, you can always watch movies.  Bring along your portable DVD player and rent lots of new movies.

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More Activities for 2-Year-Olds:

Check out several summer activities for kids that can be modified to include the toddler set like DIY Bird Feeder and Love Bug Rocks.

Also, there is a massive list of 40+ Activities for Two year Olds over at Kids Activities Blog.

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More Travel Activities for Kids:

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Usborne Travel Pocket Doodling and Coloring Book 

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Usborne Travel Book for Little Kids 

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Travel Activity Pad 

100 things for little children to do on a trip

100 Things to do on a Trip