10 reuses for Christmas lights in home decor: Decorate with repurposed holiday lighting - Grand Rapids Holidays | Examiner.com

Holiday lights are a favorite Christmas decoration. I grieve every season when taking the Christmas lights down. Then I decided to keep the Christmas lights in home decor year-round. Holiday lighting is wonderfully versatile! Here's how to decorate with repurposed holiday lighting.   Christmas lights in home decor: Decorate with repurposed holiday lighting - Grand Rapids Holidays | Examiner.com

4th of July planter, Memorial Day flowers: Plant a red white and blue patriotic floral flag garden - Grand Rapids Holidays | Examiner.com

My mother-in-law lives in a retirement community. She's an avid gardener with an unusually green thumb. For Memorial Day she volunteered to plant a patriotic floral flag garden. She shared how to make a floral flag garden.  Memorial Day flowers: Plant a red white and blue patriotic floral flag garden 

Free printable magic tricks for Fathers Day, boy birthday parties - Grand Rapids Holidays | Examiner.com

Looking for cool Father's Day activities? Or perhaps you need boy birthday party ideas? If you have an aspiring magician in the home, throw a magic themed party. Here are free printable magic tricks and sleight- of-hand how-to demonstrations for boys and girls!



Start your quest at Kidzone (from DL-TK). You'll find many free printable magic tricks. There are printable card tricks, coin tricks and rope tricks, plus miscellaneous optical illusions.   Free printable magic tricks for Fathers Day, boy birthday parties

Free printable photo frames, picture frame crafts for kids

Parent-themed holidays like Mother's Day (second Sunday in May), Father's Day (second Sunday in June) and Grandparents Day (third Sunday in September) are perfect times for homemade gift-giving. Here are photo frames crafts for kids to make as presents for mommy and daddy for their special days. Use these free printable picture frames for children to print, color, cut and assemble. They they can frame photos of themselves with mom or dad. Use free printable photo frames to make greeting cards, too.Free printable photo frames, picture frame crafts for kids - Grand Rapids Holidays | Examiner.com



 

Free printable Earth Day craft activities, free earth science, astronomy, solar system printables - Grand Rapids Holidays | Examiner.com

Earth Day is celebrated on April 22. In fact, the entire month of April is devoted to Earth Month. Here are hands-on, interactive, student-directed earth science activities to make lessons come alive. Use free printable earth science booklets, games, word searches, crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, coloring pages, science crafts and printable dioramas and 3D models. Topics includes astronomy, solar system, earth's poles, sun, moon and magnetism.Earth Day activities, free earth science, astronomy, solar system printables - Grand Rapids Holidays | Examiner.com

 

Saint Patrick printables, free printable Catholic St. Patrick's Day crafts

St. Patrick's Day is celebrated on March 17. Many people think the holiday is about green beer, shamrocks and leprechauns. But that 's just commercial hype. The real Saint Patrick was a Catholic Roman Britain taken as a slave by Irish raiders. Patrick later returned as a missionary to convert Druidic Ireland. Here are secular St. Patrick's Day crafts plus activities to explore the saint behind the legend and the religious beyond the secular.  Saint Patrick printables, free printable Catholic St. Patrick's Day crafts


Bible character costumes for Easter Passion plays

Halloween is celebrated different ways. Some get into the ghoulish. Others trick-or-treat but avoid the spookier aspects. Some celebrate church harvest festivals. Catholics observe All Saint's Day (Halloween means All Hallows Eve, a pre-holy day pagan bacchanalia). Here are Bible, Torah and saints Halloween costume ideas for Jewish, Christian or Catholic All Saints' Day parties. Or use for Easter Passion plays.Bible character Halloween costumes for All Saints Day - Grand Rapids Holidays | Examiner.com

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