Preschool DIY Cardboard Knight Suit of Armor

Kids going back to school equals bored preschool siblings. Summer may get a little crazy, but at least with big sisters and brothers at home, the not-yet-in-school one is entertained. Now he sits by the window moping and waiting for the bus to bring them home. And if you're a WAHM, a preschooler or half-day kindergarten kid with ennui means less productivity.

Fear not. Your helpful fairy schoolteacher is here to help. Use your recycle bin and get junior busy making a super-cool cardboard knight costume (complete with arsenal of safe "weaponry). Kid will be happily occupied, you can work and siblings will be drooling with envy. Here's a guide to make a suit of armor worthy of any knight. read more

Free Printable Crafts, Learning Activities for Preschool Kids

When I was four, in 1968, my mother found a little activity book for me. I had to tear out perforated pictures and stick them in the appropriate areas, fill in charts and complete little tasks. As I recall it was a devotional book of some sort. I was supposed to do one page each day. I did the whole book in one morning and begged for another. I think of that book with wistful reverence. Now, with internet magic, we have free printable activities. Here are free printable preschool crafts from my inner child to your kids. read more

Free Printable Preschool Apple Lesson Plans

Apples are a common theme for preschool lesson plans. Teachers use apples in fall activities. Looking for free printable apple lessons? The Michigan Apples--Great Lakes, Great Flavors website has a free printable 166-page booklet filled with apple activities. Teachers and homeschooler parents, this free booklet has math, history, science, social studies, writing, vocabulary all based Michigan apples. Read on...

Readers, some of the links in this article may take you to a now-defunct site. My original article was written for Beta Yahoo Local which is no more. Please use the "Michigan Apples" or "read on" link. My apologies and thank you for your patience. 

Free Printable Preschool Car Games, Kids Activities

Are we there yet? This has to be the most oft-asked question from kids on car trips or vacations. When these questions start, it can make for a very long, tedious ride. That's why smart parents plan ahead in order to circumvent the complaints on car trips. Games make good boredom-busters and whining-stoppers. Here are free printable car games to stave off ennui and keep kids happily occupied on road trips. Free Printable Children's Car Games, Activities, Puzzles

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