Draw Patterns (Timberdoodle Review)

Draw Patterns - a fun way for preschoolers to learn pattern recognition

My little Abby has had a great time this summer helping me review products from Timberdoodle. A few weeks back, we tried out How to Draw Almost Everything. Although the tutorials in that book led to noticeable improvements in her artwork, they were probably better suited to her older siblings. … Continue reading

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Q&A: How to Discourage Lying

Teaching Your Kids to Tell the Truth

Question: How do you handle it when a toddler admits to a lie? I want to teach my 2.5 year old son that lying is bad, which in our family usually means discipline. But I don’t want my discipline for the lie to make him afraid to admit to lies … Continue reading

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Keep Watch! (Free Coloring Page)

Free printable Bible-based coloring pages -- we publish a new one every week. Download them all!

Today is Parents Day. And since so much of parenting involves watching over our children — making sure they stay safe and do what they ought and have what they need and don’t get in trouble — I thought this coloring page would be fitting for the occasion: Of course, … Continue reading

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50 Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Everyone on Your Gift List

50 Super Stocking Stuffer Ideas for everybody on your gift list!

If you were to visit us at Christmas time, you would find a long row of handmade felt stockings hanging from our mantle. We purposefully downplay the gifts around the tree. The kids exchange names to buy individual presents, and I usually wrap a family gift that we can all … Continue reading

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“I Spy” Christmas

I Spy Christmas - Free Printable Game

Our family has been playing I SPY for years. We love racing one another to see who can spot the spied item first. We’ve played I SPY on road trips, read I SPY books, and downloaded I SPY apps. But this is the first time I’ve ever tried my hand … Continue reading

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“12 Days of Christmas” Free Printable Playing Cards

12 Days of Christmas Free Printable Playing Cards

Our kids love card games, so I designed this set of cards for them featuring the 12 Days of Christmas: If you print the design on heavy cardstock, it won’t show through. I used some Christmas-themed scrapbook paper that was glossy on one side and white on the other. The … Continue reading

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Mailbag: What Do You Tell Your Kids about Santa?

Teaching Children the Truth about Santa:

Question: Do you tell your children about Santa Claus? Why or why not? Answer: This week’s question is one that has been posed to us often over the years — especially back when all our children were little. The answer is yes and no. If by “telling” you mean, have … Continue reading

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Glory to God in the Highest

Luke 2:14 "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men." (free printable coloring page)

As you know, I publish a new Scripture-based coloring page every Sunday, so for my Christmas in July series, I thought I’d post a Christmas-themed design: This one comes from the gospel of Luke: The shepherds were in the fields, watching their flocks by night, when an angel of the … Continue reading

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Christmas Carol Song Sheets (Free Printable)

Free printable Christmas Carol Lyric Sheets

I love Christmas music. I could listen to it all year long. In other languages even, like this fun Christmas classic that seemed like such a great fit for my “Christmas in July” series: One of my favorite things to during the Advent season is to go caroling around our … Continue reading

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Free “Christmas Scattergories” Printable

Free printable Christmas game - Scattergories

I was in Hobby Lobby this morning and noticed they’re already stocking the aisles with nativity sets, stockings, and ornaments. Well, it never takes much to put me in the holiday spirit, so I’ve decided to follow their example and do a week’s worth of “Christmas in July” posts. Part … Continue reading

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Timberdoodle Review & GIVEAWAY: Wordsmithy

Wordsmithy: Hot Topics for the Writing Life. GREAT BOOK!

Timberdoodle sent me another book to review this week: Wordsmithy by Douglas Wilson. I guess I could have just assigned it to my high schoolers to read on their own. (Then they could’ve put what they’d learned into practice by writing this review for me.) But I didn’t do that. … Continue reading

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Atheists Don’t Have No Songs… until THIS!

It's Barbershop Music Appreciation Day!

That’s right, folks! Today marks yet another quirky holiday. On Saturday, we appreciated sugar cookies. Yesterday, we appreciated cows. Today, we’ll take a moment to appreciate the deep, clear resonance of male voices in tight, four-part harmony, because it’s “Barbershop Music Appreciation Day.” As one who grew up listening to … Continue reading

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It’s Time to Appreciate the Cows!

It's Cow Appreciation Day (again)!

We’ve been counting down the days, and it’s finally here: Cow Appreciation Day at Chick-fil-A! My daughter first got wind of this celebration many years ago and stayed up half the night making costumes. Since then, we’ve never missed it. In case you haven’t already “herd” about this promotion, here’s … Continue reading

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Mailbag: Spanish Prayer Guide

Spanish Prayer Guide: Praying for your husband from head to toe

From time to time, we get requests from readers inquiring if a particular printable is available in their native language. Occasionally, they even offer to translate it for us. We are always thrilled to cooperate with such requests. The most recent came from a reader by the name of Nikki, … Continue reading

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Cheer Up the Lonely! (Coloring Page)

Dozens of free Scripture-based coloring pages from flandersfamily.info

Did you know today is “Cheer Up the Lonely Day”? If you look, you’ll see there’s a special day for just about every activity under the sun, but this is an activity upon which God places great importance, too. We can tell by reading James 1:27: “Pure and undefiled religion … Continue reading

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Quick, No-Crumble Sugar Cookies

Quick, No-Crumble Sugar Cookies -- and they taste as good as they look!

Did you know today is National Sugar Cookie Day? That makes it the perfect time to bake a batch of pretty cookies to decorate with my kids. I already know what recipe to use. My friend Janet and I have hosted several wedding showers together this spring and summer, and … Continue reading

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