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Easter Egg Match: printable card game

Melissa Bastow

Tags early learning, Easter, printables

Easter Egg Match: printable card game

Easter is literally around the corner, so have some fun with your kids by playing our free printable card game, Easter Egg Match. You can let the littlest kids find matches by looking at the cards face up.  Or turn the cards over and play Concentration.  You can also play Go Fish, or Old Maid, or whatever other card game you can think of.  And there are fewer cards than a regular deck, so you don't have to worry about the short attention spans of little kids. Just click to get the free download:


Craft Stick Puzzles: Printable and Tutorial

Melissa Bastow

Tags early learning, printables, tutorials

Craft Stick Puzzles: Printable and Tutorial

Craft stick puzzles are one of my new favorite things.  My kids love them, and they're cheap to make, and they don't get destroyed like paper pieces. If you haven't made craft stick puzzles before, let me tell you how tremendously easy it is. First, download this printable (because they're cute and sized right and just all around better than other craft stick puzzles): Just click to download this free printable. Print the pages on cardstock and cut around the whole puzzle (don't cut each piece out yet). This next step is optional, but I highly recommend it.  Cover the...


free paperdolls printable

Melissa Bastow

Tags early learning, printables

free paperdolls printable

One time my mom drew some paper dolls that looked just like my sisters and me. And they were awesome. I'm not willing to draw custom paper dolls for everyone though. Because that is just crazy talk. But you can get these free paper dolls to print and play with and make fun memories with your kids. Print these on cardstock and laminate them to last longer.  Or you can cut off all the tags and mount the pieces on magnetic strips to get the clothes to stay on easier.  The magnets also allow you to play with the dolls...


Fun Food Bingo Game Printable

Melissa Bastow

Tags early learning, printables

Fun Food Bingo Game Printable

We like playing bingo at our house.  Especially when we get to mark the squares with candy or cereal or something.  Because then, when you win, you get to eat the treat! Here is a fun food bingo game printable for you and your kids to enjoy - it comes with 5 different player bingo cards and all the calling cards (so you can put them in a pile upside down and pick the next square to mark at random by drawing one card at a time).  Just click to download:


Free Bedtime Routine Printable

Melissa Bastow

Tags early learning, printables

Free Bedtime Routine Printable

Every evening I say "go get ready for bed" and the next thing I know my children turn into pajama clad lunatics whose sole purpose is to jump off every surface in the house while screaming.  And then when I say, "have you brushed your teeth?" they look at me like I have 4 heads.  And when I say, "why aren't you reading?" they say, "I didn't know we were supposed to".  It's like you would never know that my children get ready for bed EVERY DAY. So I made these bedtime routine printables.  And I'm going to glue them...