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3 cute free printable Christmas cards to download and print

3 cute free printable Christmas cards to download and print

My daughter Arabella loves tinkering around with graphics on Assembly and in Photoshop. She's made a selection of free printable Christmas cards for us all to enjoy.  We called her 'brand' Aricards and let's also call this a very proud mother moment... Each of...

30 cool creative writing ideas for kids and teens

30 cool creative writing ideas for kids and teens

Most kids and teens love listening to stories and as they get older the urge to tell their own stories grows too. For some kids (often those we call ‘born writers’) this is an easy thing to do - no list of creative writing ideas for kids needed. They grab a piece of...

Advent kindness calendar for older kids [free printable]

Advent kindness calendar for older kids [free printable]

Deck the halls! Or at least the living room! Christmas officially kicks off on 1 December with the advent calendar. This year, instead of the usual advent chocolate box, I'm urging you to try a kindness calendar. I first made a Christmas kindness calendar when my kids...

Elf donuts: free printable elf donut labels for a merry Christmas gift

Elf donuts: free printable elf donut labels for a merry Christmas gift

Elf donuts are quite possibly the cutest class Christmas gift you'll ever find. This elf donuts free printable makes them the easiest gift you'll ever find too! Kids go gaga for elf donuts, even though they are really just boring old Cheerios with a fancy festive...

Merry Christmas lifesaver wrappers (an awesome class gift)

Merry Christmas lifesaver wrappers (an awesome class gift)

Here's a cute idea for a small Christmas gift for the class: Merry Christmas lifesaver wrappers. These fizzing, fun little fruit lollies sure beat a candy cane (does anyone actually like candy canes?). All you have to do is buy some fruit tingles (or any other...

50 hilarious jokes for tweens [free printable]

50 hilarious jokes for tweens [free printable]

I confess I've been laughing and groaning away as I put this collection of jokes for tweens together. Jokes are fun for everyone but tweens especially LOVE jokes because not only do they find them hilarious, they also know they will illicit a groan from adults. So...

Family conversation dinners can help you connect

Family conversation dinners can help you connect

When the kids get older (and busier and surlier), it becomes harder and harder to sit down for a family dinner together. I get that, I do. But I also get that family dinners are one of the best ways for families to connect, take it slow and remind each other of what's...

Pokemon Party free printables

Pokemon Party free printables

It turned out to be easy and fun to host a great Pokemon party. To make it even easier for you, here are Pokemon party free printables of everything we used at Max's Pokemon party. It was a a super-fun-tastic party and the kids adored the activities. Many of these...

Free Harry Potter invitations – download, edit and print

Free Harry Potter invitations – download, edit and print

If you're planning a fun Harry Potter party, you will need a fun invitation. This free Harry Potter invitation is completely editable - you can download it as a Powerpoint slide and change it to your heart's content. Instructions to download the free Harry Potter...

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