We all know you don’t get much for free these days. But when it comes to activities for kids, if you know where to look there’s some really cool stuff out there.
I don’t know about your small peeps, but Ava LOVES colouring books. We have a permanent ready-to-go bag of these (along with textas and crayons), which hangs on a door in the hallway and gets thrown in the car when we head out for meals.
With all the free downloads and images available – did you know it’s super easy to make your own colouring books? All you need is access to a printer and a stapler.
There are loads of good sites and even just Googling ‘kids colouring pages’ will give you some great options. There are Easter themes, Christmas themes, superheroes, fairies, cars and so much more. If you search under Google ‘images’ the pages come up straight away, rather than having to follow any web links. When you find an image you like, either drag and drop onto your desktop or save the image to your computer and repeat until you have up to 20 images.
Once you have saved the images, simply print them out and staple them together. About 4-5 staples spaced out along the left edge should hold the pages together and voila – you have made your very own handmade colouring book! And if you have access to a binding machine you can do loads of pages.
Ava is right into Octonauts at the moment and they have their own site with links to download colouring pages and desktop wallpapers for your computer screen.
Another great resource is ABC4Kids where you can download colouring and activity pages from your favourite TV show. Pretty cool.
PS – Stay tuned for my post about ‘The Amusement Bag’ which I touched on in this post.