10 Awesome Free Printables for Kids at home and in the classroom

Feb 22, 2016

I love printables, especially FREE ones! It's amazing the fun, games, learning, organising and/or decorating that can be had from something that starts as a simple piece of paper with some ink on it.

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I have an awesome Free Printable Pinterest board, (followed by over 91,000 people!) which is full of fabulous free printable ideas from learning games and clever crafts to wall art and kids birthday supplies. There's something for everyone! To save you a bit of time going through the 6,000+ free printables collected on the board, here's a list of 10 of my very favourites! (You will find that most of these sites have other fabulous free printables that you'll want to check out too!)

Free room art printable from Chickadee Art and Co

10 favourite free printables for kids

1) Free Room-Art Printables for kids from Chickadee Art and Co

These guys have a gorgeous range of printables and many lovely free designs! I love including extra words and pictures in my children's rooms and in the classroom to help promote a print rich environment. Click over and find your favourites here.

2) Free Printable Writing Prompts for kids from Picklebums

Not all children have a great desire to write. In fact, for some children, it can be difficult to persuade them to want to write at all, and we're all well aware that in order to become accomplished at a task, we need to practice! Sometimes, writing prompts can be a great way to get a reluctant child to give writing a go, or even just to give fresh ideas to keen writers. I love these printable writing prompts from Picklebums. Don't forget to check out their other great printable designs when you pop over. There are tons!

3) Fairytale Pretend Play Signs from Doodles and Jots

Imaginary play is important for children and I know that the kids at my daughter's play-based curriculum primary school, would enjoy helping make these adorable little signs to add to some of their play areas. Print out a free copy here and use the ideas to inspire more play! What other road signs could you make?

4) Free printable Road-Trip games from Learn with Play at Home (that's us)

Keep the kids entertained in the car with these free printable Road Sign Bingo or Alphabet Eye Spy cheat sheets. These are also fun for on the school bus on the way to various events or camps.

5) 20 Free Printable Busy Bags from Coffee Cups and Crayons

Busy Bags are a fun idea to have on hand for toddlers or preschoolers, for when you need a bit of quiet time or something to keep them busy for a little while. Print and assemble these busy bags before time and then pull out when needed! At home, these are great for using in the car or while you're cooking dinner or talking on the phone. In the early years classroom, bags can be made up and made available for children to use as they like.

6) Free printable Fruit and Vegetable cards from You Clever Monkey

"Flash cards" don't have to be used purely for "flashing" in front of children's eyes so that they learn to read and recognise a word over time. There are many uses for cards like these. I mainly enjoy having them as another way to provide a print-rich environment and be able to use them to compliment other activities (such as pretend shop play or pretend cooking school). You can print out 2 copies and use them for memory match games, or make a healthy eating display in your house or classroom. Plenty of uses beyond "flashing" them. Get your free copy here.

7) Managing Big Emotions free printable from Childhood 101

Here is a great free printable to help give children a visual reminder of how to help themselves calm down. Managing big emotions isn't easy, even for us big folks, so giving children a strategy and ideas for how they can help themselves to manage their emotions is a great idea. There are even more posters in this range from Childhood 101 that you should also look at and would be great printed out at home or in the classroom.

8) Printable Time Telling Game from Easy Peasy and Fun

Telling the time on an analogue clock can be tricky for some children and usually takes a bit of time to master. Help them learn to tell the time with this fun and simple game. Download the free clock template, grab some dice and you're ready to go!

9) Free Printable Lunch-Box Notes from Skip to My Lou

Print out these free lunch-box notes, cut them out individually and then pop in the kids lunchboxes for a sweet surprise when they open their lunch. Get your copy here.

10) Printable "BORED" poster from Modern Parents Messy Kids

"I'm bored" is a phrase that everyone has groaned at some point. I actually quite like it when my children decide they are bored, as it means they need to use their brain to come up with something to do! For those kids that struggle to think of anything, this great poster might be just what you need. Download your copy here and be sure to read the rest of their post for plenty of suggested activities.

More free printables ideas:

Epson EcoTank WorkForce ET- 4550 Printer Review.

Printing the free fairytale pretend play signs from Doodles and Jots on the Epson EcoTank Workforce

I do love finding these great resources and being able to have them printed at the touch of a button. As a classroom teacher, printing and photocopying was something I did very often and since being on leave, I've only had access to our home printer. This is where I've had problems though. In the past, I've had a couple of different printers, all that have worked and printed beautifully or as expected, but had one main flaw, the ink! I seemed to go through ink cartridges much quicker than I could have expected and the cost was actually starting to get too much! The printer may not have cost me a huge amount in the first place, but buying the ink to keep the printer topped up and ready to be able to print whenever I wanted, was very costly! It got to the point where it felt like every time I desperately needed one print of something, the ink was always out or low and I'd end up with terrible quality prints (or no prints at all).

When I was offered the opportunity to test-drive one of Epson's new EcoTank Printer range, I jumped at the chance! Hooray! Finally a printer that I could set and forget for up to two years before having to replace the ink! Yes, that's right, the EcoTank printers come with up to 2 years worth of ink included and when you eventually get to point of needing to refill the ink, the refill bottles are actually really cheap! (For my model, the replacement black ink bottle will cost RRP $24.99 and the coloured inks are $16.99 each. For ink that will last me up to 2 years, I think this is a really good price.)

The EcoTank Printer range start at RRP $449 up to $699. I was sent the WorkForce ET - 4550 (RRP: $699) which is a wireless and compact all-in-one, which boasts the ability to print up to 11,000 pages in black and 8,500 pages in colour included in the printer bundle! It comes with a 30 page Automatic Document Feeder for quickly scanning, copying and faxing a lot of original documents. It also has a 150 page front fed paper capacity and an automatic 2-sided printing feature! (I've never had this in a home printer before!) The 2.2” LCD makes it easy to setup and navigate the printer at all times, making pairing with smartphones and tablets simple and quick.

We found that set-up wasn't difficult however it will take about 20 mins once you've first put in the ink for it all to be charged and ready to go, so allow yourself at least 30 minutes to setup in advance before needing to quickly print a document. Once it's done though, you can just set and forget. I am LOVING having the freedom to just print!

The Epson Eco Tank printers are available at major retails and in their online store.

Happy printing,
Debs :)

{Disclosure: I was gifted this printer for the purpose of reviewing it but was not paid to write this post. All thoughts and opinions are, as always, my own.}

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