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Labor Day Coloring Fun

doodles-ave-snoopy-labor-dayLabor Day: What it Means

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

Labor Day Legislation

Through the years the nation gave increasing emphasis to Labor Day. The first governmental recognition came through municipal ordinances passed during 1885 and 1886. From these, a movement developed to secure state legislation. The first state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, but the first to become law was passed by Oregon on February 21, 1887. During the year four more states — Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York — created the Labor Day holiday by legislative enactment. By the end of the decade Connecticut, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania had followed suit. By 1894, 23 other states had adopted the holiday in honor of workers, and on June 28 of that year, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories*.

Founder of Labor Day

More than 100 years after the first Labor Day observance, there is still some doubt as to who first proposed the holiday for workers*.

Some records show that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, was first in suggesting a day to honor those “who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold*.”

But Peter McGuire’s place in Labor Day history has not gone unchallenged. Many believe that Matthew Maguire, a machinist, not Peter McGuire, founded the holiday. Recent research seems to support the contention that Matthew Maguire, later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J., proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York. What is clear is that the Central Labor Union adopted a Labor Day proposal and appointed a committee to plan a demonstration and picnic*.

After your exciting outdoor activities or you finish resting from your labor, top off the holiday with some coloring fun! 

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Mothers Day Coloring Fun

Get your kids in on the hand made Mother’s Day card action!
Click the below links to download the coloring activities.

Mother’s Day Certificate Template
Mother’s Day Card Template
Giraffe Mom Best Mom Ever Trophy
Mother Giraffe

Enjoy and Happy Mother’s Day!


Doodles Ave New Arrivals


In 2014, several parents reached out to me and openly shared their children’s learning experiences. Because of those stories and, I created these 6 new titles. It is my intent to uplift, encourage, and brighten children’s learning experiences.

Click here to see previews or the purchase these books

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First Day of Winter

winter-penguinToday, December the 21st marks the first day of the season. To show my excitement, I doodled a winter penguin.

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History Doodle: Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer

Rudolph48 years ago today, December 3, 1964, Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer 1st aired on TV.
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Also below is an awesome reindeer craft!

Rudolph Paper Cup Craft

By: Amanda Formaro
Difficulty: Easy
Age: 6 and up
Parental supervision is recommended

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RudolphWhat you’ll need:

  • 1 plastic, paper, or foam drinking cup
  • Brown and pink acrylic paint
  • 2 3”-square pieces of tan felt
  • 2 medium wiggle eyes
  • 1 medium red pom pom
  • 2 black chenille stems
  • Strip of felt to fit the inside rim of your cup
  • White craft glue
  • Black marker
  • Scissors

How to make it:

  1. Paint cup with brown paint and set aside to dry.
  2. When paint is dry, stand cup upright and glue two wiggle eyes on the front of the cup, about halfway down from the rim.
  3. Glue red pom pom on for the nose just above the bottom of the cup, centered under the eyes.
  4.  Use scissors to carefully poke aslit in both sides of the cup where you want the ears to go.
  5. Roll one of the felt squares up like a cone; insert the pointed end into one of the slits on the cup. Repeat on other side. Secure felt to the cup with white craft glue.
  6. Bend each chenille stem in half. Form chenille ends into antlers by creating a couple of bends on each one.
  7. Glue strip on tan felt inside the rim of the cup, then immediately insert the antlers under the strip on each side. You may need to hold these in place for a few minutes until the glue grabs. You can also secure with clothespins.
  8. Dip your fingertip in pink paint and dab the excess off onto a paper towel. Dot pink on for cheeks.
  9. Use a black marker to draw on eyebrows.


  • To give this cup some weight, glue a washer to the bottom of the cup.
  • Fill with wrapped candies and give as a gift.
  • Substitutions: red glitter can be used instead of pom poms; brown felt can stand in for brown chenille.


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Garfield Doodle

Garfield is undisputedly one of the best Cartoons/Comics of all time!
Here are some fun facts about Garfield*:

  1. Garfield is based on a real cat. The original, also named Garfield after Davis’ opinionated grandfather, James Garfield Davis, was an overweight, grouchy cat that was one of the 25 cats that roamed the farm Davis grew up on.
  2. In the early days of the strip, before syndication, Garfield wasn’t the focus. He was merely the sidekick to his fictional cartoonist/owner Jon Arbuckle. When Davis realized he gave Garfield all the funny lines, Garfield became the central character, and a star was born.
  3. One of the original syndication affiliates, a Chicago newspaper, decided to drop Garfield and replace him with another comic. After over 1,300 angry fan letters and phone calls, the newspaper reversed its decision and has runthe strip ever since.
  4. The strip holds the Guinness World Record as the most widely syndicated comic strip in the world. It’s presently featured in over 2,600 newspapers around the world.
  5. It is read by an estimated 263 million people every day.

Click the above image to download the coloring sheet. Enjoy!

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My Size Scarecrow Doodle

Scarecrows are one of the more popular symbols of Fall and the harvest season. The origin of scarecrows dates back thousands of years, protecting ripening crops from birds. While we think of them as constructed of straw, they were made of many things. Often, scarecrows were also men hired to roam fields, to scare birds. If this is your job, YOU are a scarecrow.

Scarecrows continue to be popular today, in many home gardens. They help to protect fruits and vegetables, as they begin to ripen. That’s why scarecrows are so closely associated with the fall and harvest season, making them a popular symbol of Fall.

History of Scarecrows:

The first scarecrows were in Ancient Egypt, dating back over 3,000 years. They used scarecrows to protect wheat fields along the Nile river from quail. The Greeks, Romans, Japanese and many other cultures, used them to protect their crops, too. Many forms of scarecrows, from life-sized wooden carvings of scary men, to real-live humans were used. In the middle ages, Europeans believed scarecrows had special powers. Native Americans used scarecrows, to keep crows and other birds from their corn crops.

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To finish the My Size Scarecrow, you’ll need colors, scissors, and brads.


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Neil Armstrong

In memory of Neil Armstrong, the first person to walk on the Moon, as well as an American astronaut who taught our generation that dreaming is not enough…you must step out
on faith into a brighter tomorrow.

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coloring sheet.