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Pink Flamingo Day

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Pink Flamingo Day was declared in 2007 by Dean Mazzaralla, the mayor of Leominster, MA to honour the work of Don Featherstone, creator of the plastic lawn flamingo.

Show your love for pink flamingos on Pink Flamingo Day! Decorate your front yard on June 23 each year with pink plastic flamingos in celebration. A minimum of four flamingos is required to have a decent size flock*.
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* http://savetheflamingos.org/pink-flamingo-day


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Adjective Activities

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Remember that adjectives can be identified using a number of formal criteria.

But the ones used in the above worksheets take on different forms to indicate their position on a scale of comparison. 
For example: Big, Bigger, Biggest 

The lowest point on the scale is known as the ABSOLUTE form, the middle point is known as the COMPARATIVE form, and the highest point is known as the SUPERLATIVE form*.
To learn more about adjectives Click Here
Click the above images to download the coloring sheets. Enjoy!

*http://www.ucl.ac.uk/internet-grammar/adjectiv/adjectiv.htm


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Forefather’s Day

mayflowerToday, December the 21st is Forefather’s Day. A day in which we celebrate the pilgrims landing at Plymouth Rock in 1620*.

*http://www.holidaysmart.com/12forefathersday.htm


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Why Coloring Still Rules!

7 Benefits of Coloring That You Can Bring To Your Kid’s Life
By Debbi Gee

If you want to develop the color coordination skills in your child then buy the coloring games for your child. These are the excellent option for your children because they always like colorful and bright images. Children learn communication quickly through the use of symbols. These symbols are more effective if they are defined by the use of art. This way, children quickly learn to express their ideas and feelings. With coloring games they can give shape to their imagination and convey their ideas.

There are various benefits of coloring. Seven of these great benefits of coloring games are discussed below:

1. Children express their ideas and feelings by the use of colors and images. Sometime coloring is used as therapy because it helps in knowing the emotions of the children. If you want to know the underpinning issues of children then coloring can play an important role. Most of the children feel comfortable in expressing their ideas through coloring.

2. Coloring is one of the interesting hobbies and a way of learning in an entertaining atmosphere. It helps in engaging your child in a positive manner.

3. Through coloring, children get to know about different shapes, sizes and colors of any image. This way, they are able to distinguish one thing from the other.

4. The creativity involved in using colors always encourages the children. They see and understand it carefully because they like colors.

5. By using different color combinations and coordination, children are able to differentiate between different images and colors. This is one of the first steps in learning and understanding about new colors.

6. Though coloring is a fun activity for the children, gradually it becomes very valuable. It helps in developing coordination and motor skills of the children. They get to know how to hold and grip and how to control their hands while drawing.

7. With coloring, children are able to know their focus and limits. This characteristic comes to children by doing coloring within the lines. This way, the children get to know that doing coloring within the lines require some focus.

Printable coloring pages available on many coloring websites provide parents a great option to encourage the inherent creativity in their children.

Click the image above to download the Crayon Coloring Sheet. Enjoy! 

* http://debbiegee.hubpages.com/hub/7-Benefits-of-Coloring-That-You-Can-Bring-To-Your-Kids-Life


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Fall Back to Standard Time

At 2 a.m., Nov. 4 will mark the end of Daylight Savings Time for the year. Time will fall back to standard time. Remember to set your clocks back.

How and When Did Daylight Saving Time Start?

Ben Franklin—of “early to bed and early to rise” fame—was apparently the first person to suggest the concept of daylight savings, according to computer scientist David Prerau, author of the book Seize the Daylight: The Curious and Contentious Story of Daylight Saving Time.*

Click the above image to download the coloring sheet. Enjoy! 
* http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2012/12/120309-daylight-savings-time-2012-what-time-is-it-spring-forward-nation/


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Wreck-It Ralph

Wreck-It Ralph is a 2012 American 3D computer-animated comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 52nd animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series.

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Airplane Coloring Sheets

The inventors of the first airplane were Orville and Wilbur Wright. On December 17, 1903, the Wright brothers made the first successful experiment in which a machine (aka airplane) carrying a man rose by its own power, flew naturally and at even speed, and descended without damage. Read More http://bit.ly/rC7Y5x


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Today in History Doodle-American Roller Coasters

Today on June 16, 1884,
the first roller coaster in
America opened.*
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* http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/first-roller-coaster-in-america-opens


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Easter Coloring Sheets

Click the images below to download the Easter Coloring Sheets. Enjoy!!!




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Encouraging Kids Through Creativity

     

     

Every parent knows the importance of praise for kids. But many do not praise their children enough. Jack Canfield of Chicken Soup for the Soul once sited a study that followed a group of two-year olds around for a day. The results found that the average child received 432 negative statements and only 32 positive statements every day. Praise needs to be given to encourage children. Judy H. Wright, Parent Educator, author and international speaker says, “Encouragement is the process of focusing on your children’s assets and strengths in order to build their self-confidence and feelings of worth. I like to think of the word encourage broken into “en” courage meaning I am giving you the gift of courage.”

Through praise we let our children know that we appreciate their efforts not just their accomplishments and that our love and acceptance is not dependent on their behavior. Praising children encourages them to keep trying. It helps develop confidence and imparts a feeling of being loved, appreciated, and cared for.* To assist parents and teachers in praising their students and children, I created the above activities. Click the above images to download the coloring sheets. Enjoy!

* http://www.thecutekid.com/parenting/effective-praise-kids.php