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Design and Color Your Own Stamp!

What goes around the world but stays in a corner?…A Stamp!

Stamps have a unique history of their very own.
Before the use of adhesive paper stamps, letters were hand stamped or postmarked with ink. Postmarks were the invention of Henry Bishop and were at first called ‘Bishop mark’ after the inventor. Bishop marks were first used in 1661 at the London General Post Office. They marked the day and month the letter was mailed.

The First Modern Postage Stamp – Penny Black

The first issued postage stamp began with Great Britain’s Penny Post. On May 6, 1840, the British Penny Black stamp was released. The Penny Black was engraved the profile of Queen Victoria’s head, who remained on all British stamps for the next sixty years. Rowland Hill created the first stamp.

Rowland Hill Invents Adhesive Postage Stamps

A schoolmaster from England, Rowland Hill invented the adhesive postage stamp in 1837, an act for which he was knighted. Through his efforts the first stamp in the world was issued in England in 1840. Roland Hill also created the first uniform postage rates that were based on weight rather than size. Hill’s stamps made the prepayment of mail postage possible and practical.*

Now here is your opportunity to design your very own stamp. Teachers, this is great learning tool when teaching the history of stamps and or US Postal Service.  

Have fun and get creative! Click the image to download the stamp template.


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Where Creative Writing Meets Coloring…

Writing prompts are great exercises, where kids can develop their creative writing skills and expand their imagination! Click the images to down load the writing exercises.
If you have any suggestions on additional writing prompts that you would like to see, send an email to doodlesave (at) aol (dot) com.   

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Free Printable Doodle Greeting Cards

Help your Child send warm wishes from the comfort of your home. Click the following links to download the below greeting cards. Enjoy!!!

Greeting Card-1, Greeting Card-2

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Design & Color Your own Ornaments

Creativity rocks this holiday season! Download the Ornament Coloring Sheet and see your child’s imagination leap off of the page.
Click the image to download the
Ornament Coloring Sheet!


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Holiday Shape Tools

Enjoy these terrific Shape tools! They are ideal for arts and craft projects and classroom activities and any other artsy fun thing you can think of.

Click the Images below to download the coloring pages.  

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Holiday Coloring Sheets: Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa

From my sketch pad to your homes, I’m wishing you and your family
Happy Holidays! 
To download the below coloring sheets click the images.

If your organization, school, or business would like to purchase a bundle of these coloring sheets pre-printed, please contact me at, for further details.

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Animal Coloring Sheet Series-Lemur #parenting #kidlit #coloirngfun

Another animal that I saw at the zoo was a lemur. It’s a little scary looking, but has the best personality.

Below are some interesting facts about lemurs:

1. Lemurs are the most endangered primates.

2. Lemurs can live in both the trees and on the ground

3. Lemurs survive only on the island of Madagascar off the southeast coast of Africa
in the Indian Ocean (shown in green), and on the neighboring Comoros islands.

4. Lemurs are primates.

5. There are 88 species of lemurs.

Click here to download my Lemur Coloring Sheet.

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Animal Coloring Sheet Series-Elephant #kidlit #coloringfun

One of my all time favorite animals at the zoo is the elephant. I think reading the book Dumbo as a kid had something to do with this. Elephants are always so fun
to watch. Below are several interesting facts about the flamingo:

1. Elephants typically reach puberty at thirteen or fourteen years
of age
2. They have offspring up until they are around fifty years old
3. They may live seventy years or possibly more
4. The interval between births is between two and a half to four years
5. An elephant´s trunk, a union of the nose and upper lip, is a highly sensitive organ with over 100,000 muscle units.

Hope you enjoyed my interesting animal facts for the day.
Click here to download my Elephant Coloring Sheet.


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Coloring books: A child’s first textbook?

Early on, coloring is an activity that excites and mesmerizes children. Little do they know how much they are learning from such a enjoyable activity.

When engaging in the physical act of coloring, children develop physically and psychologically.

Physically, children will develop coordination, grip control, and motor skills from coloring. Before children ever learn how to write with a pen or pencil, they master holding a writing utensil by grasping crayons. Through coloring, they also begin to understand the concept of hand motion and direction: up and down, round and round, and side to side. With each motion and every different direction, the crayon makes a unique mark on the page. According to educators, children “are concerned with both the process and results of their art.” A strong sense of grip control and motor skills is the foundation for great penmanship.

Apart from developing physically, children also develop psychologically when participating in coloring activities. In fact, they discover their self-esteem. After finishing a coloring sheet, children typically react by showing it to their parents. By doing so, they are searching for a positive reaction, a “great job” or “way to go.” This positive feedback provides children with a sense of accomplishment that feeds their growing self-esteem. Not only does coloring foster a healthy self-esteem, but it also encourages decision-making skills. As a kid, parents make the majority of the decisions. However, the act of coloring gives them the opportunity to make all of the decisions, such as which color to use, which page to color, and who to give the finished page to.

To help children with their developmental process, I have created a book entitled “Doodles: Alphabet Coloring Fun.” “Doodles” was designed to encourage children’s artistic expression and literacy development. There are up to 52 images for children
to discover and color. “Doodles” is perfect for learning – stay tuned for more colorful
blog posts!