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Posted on Aug 25, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off

Printable: Dog Coloring Sheet

Printable: Dog Coloring Sheet

Did you know that tomorrow, August 26th is National Dog Day? Give your favorite pup a hug, a kiss and a special treat to celebrate! Click the image above for a fun dog themed activity you can create at home. Want more dog themed items? Check out our Color A Canvas, Color a Doggie Lunchbag and Color a Doghouse Crafts! There are new ALEX Printables coming out all the time so make sure to follow us on Facebook or check back on our blog so you don’t miss any of the action! You can get all of the ALEX Printable Crafts by visiting our Printables section. Parents: we love to see our products and... Read Post

Posted on Aug 18, 2014 in Blog, Printables | Comments Off

Printable: Jellyfish Craft

Printable: Jellyfish Craft

Here’s one friendly jellyfish you can actually touch! Recycle a paper plate and make a jolly jellyfish craft at home using our free printable. To create your craft, click the image above to download the 3 page printable and follow the directions below to assemble! If you’re looking for another ocean themed craft, check out the Alex Paper Tube Ocean kit! There are new ALEX Printables coming out all the time so make sure to follow us on Facebook or check back on our blog so you don’t miss any of the action! You can get all of the ALEX Printable Crafts by visiting our Printables... Read Post

Posted on Aug 11, 2014 in Blog, Printables | Comments Off

Printable: Popsicle Matching Game

Printable: Popsicle Matching Game

Promote memory skills and cooperative play with a make it yourself matching game! This craft and game in one is great for summer fun in rainy day or days where it’s too hot to be outside! To create your craft, click the image above to download the 3 page printable and follow the directions below to assemble! If you’re looking for some more 3D fun, check out the Alex Toys Wooden Mix and Stack Pop Shop for interactive fun! There are new ALEX Printables coming out all the time so make sure to follow us on Facebook or check back on our blog so you don’t miss any of the action! You... Read Post

Posted on Aug 4, 2014 in Blog, Printables | Comments Off

Printable: Beach Themed Activity Sheets

Printable: Beach Themed Activity Sheets

If you’re planning a beach trip, download and print these 3 beach activity sheets to get your kids excited or get ready for a rainy day at the beach house! Click on each of the images below to download and print the activity shown. Count from 1 to 20 to draw a pair of flip flops! Make a beautiful sailboat craft while practicing your scissor skills! Learn all about reflection as you draw the other side of the sand castle. If you’re looking for some items you can use in the sand, check out the Poof Max Boom Racquet Set, Alex Toys Super Sand Digger, and Alex Toys Swirl O Disk. There... Read Post

Posted on Jul 28, 2014 in Blog, Printables | Comments Off

Printable: 3 Fish Crafts

Printable: 3 Fish Crafts

It’s O-FISH-ally been summer for over a month now! Get in the spirit of this fish filled season with three fun fish themed crafts! To create your craft, click the image above to download the 2 page printable and follow the directions below to assemble! Next up, we have two printable sheets you can download and work on at home! Just click the images below and you’ll be able to download the full page sheet. Grab 6 crayons in red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple and get coloring! Use those same colorful crayon to decorate this “Pond Friends” coloring sheet. Can... Read Post

Posted on Jul 21, 2014 in Blog, Printables | Comments Off

Printable: Identify Shapes With This Watermelon Craft

Printable: Identify Shapes With This Watermelon Craft

Summer is a great time for cool, refreshing snacks — like watermelon! Download this two page printable and practice identifying shapes on this fun summer themed watermelon craft! To create your craft, click the image above to download the 2 page printable and follow the directions below to assemble! Create more crafts that focus on shapes with our Alex Toys Sponge Shapes, Shapes for the Tub, and Numbers and Shapes Stickers for the Tub. There are new ALEX Printables coming out all the time so make sure to follow us on Facebook or check back on our blog so you don’t miss any of the... Read Post

Posted on Jul 14, 2014 in Blog, Printables | Comments Off

Printable: Creative Activities for Kids

Printable: Creative Activities for Kids

Summer is a great time for outdoor activities with water, bubbles, sunshine and sidewalk chalk. But sometimes the weather doesn’t cooperate and you’re stuck indoors. Be prepared for this not so sunny days with these fun printables. Click on each of the images below to download and print the activity shown. Yum, a hamburger! Draw your favorite toppings!   Start by the turtle’s left shoulder and find your way through the maze to the center! When you’re done, grab your bucket of crayons and color him in! Set sail for some coloring fun! If you had your own country,... Read Post

Posted on Jul 7, 2014 in Blog, Printables | Comments Off

Printable: My Summer Bucket List

Printable: My Summer Bucket List

Some people use summer as an excuse to lay back and relax while others see it as free time for lots of activities! Use this Summer Bucket List Printable to create a checklist of all the things you want to accomplish this sunny season! To create your craft, click the image above to download the 3 page printable and follow the directions below to assemble! Here are a few suggestions for your bucket list: Blow bubbles on the lawn Play miniature golf Have an ice cream sundae party Host a family game night Create an obstacle course There are new ALEX Printables coming out all the time so make... Read Post

Posted on Jun 30, 2014 in Blog, Holiday Crafts, Printables | Comments Off

Printable: Patriotic Rocket Craft

Printable: Patriotic Rocket Craft

The Fourth of July often ends with a bang, boom or pop, as in a flurry of beautiful fireworks! Turn an ordinary recycled cardboard tube into a safe rocket shaped firework using our free printable! To create your craft, click the image above to download the 3 page printable and follow the directions below to assemble! If you’re a big fan of rockets, you might want to check out our Scientific Explorer Turbo Land Rocket or Poof Blasteroid Rocket with Launcher! There are new ALEX Printables coming out all the time so make sure to follow us on Facebook or check back on our blog so you don’t... Read Post

Posted on Jun 25, 2014 in Blog, Printables | Comments Off

Printable: Summer Activities

Printable: Summer Activities

It’s finally Summer!!! Click on each of the images below to download and print the summer activity shown. Cut and create a starman for July 4th, search for fun summer words in our summer themed crossword puzzle and decorate a yummy ice cream sundae with this black and white coloring sheet! Break out your 100 pack of Alex Toys crayons and decorate for the patriotic holiday! Pick out your favorite color crayon and use it circle each of these fun summer words! Use creamy crayons to color and blend these yummy summer treat! There are new ALEX Printables coming out all the time so make sure... Read Post

Posted on Jun 18, 2014 in Blog, Printables | Comments Off

Printable: Paper Fortune Cookies

Printable: Paper Fortune Cookies

Practice your scissor skills while making a fun craft.  Download our free printable to create fortune cookies and fill them with our suggested fortunes or write your own! Make a bunch of fortune cookies and have friends pick their fate! What You Need: Safety Scissors Glue 2 Page Printable – (Click  on any of the images below to download the 2 page printable, which includes 1 page of instructions) How to Make It: Once you’ve mastered using our Squeeze Scissors, try out our Cool Cuts Safety Scissors and make patterned cuts! There are new ALEX Printables coming out all the time so make... Read Post

Posted on Jun 10, 2014 in Blog, Printables | Comments Off

Printable: Double Sided Owl Door Hanger

Printable: Double Sided Owl Door Hanger

Whoooooo wants to be woken up when they’re still sleeping? Not you! With this fun double sided door hanger, you won’t have to worry about that anymore. Use our free printable to create an owl themed door hanger and make it part of your nighttime routine.   What You Need: Safety Scissors Glue 3 Page Printable – (Click  on any of the images below to download the 3 page printable, which includes 1 page of instructions)   How to Make It: If you love owls, you’ll probably love our Paper Bag Owl Printable or our Owl Color A Lunch Bag! There are new ALEX Printables... Read Post

Posted on May 22, 2014 in Holiday Crafts | 0 comments

Father’s Day Gift: Silk Screen Tie

Father’s Day Gift: Silk Screen Tie

The kids and I love to make handmade gifts for my husband for Father’s Day. He always enjoys them so much more than he would a store-bought gift. Handmade gifts are super meaningful, and are always sentimental for years to come for the recipient. This year we tackled a quick and easy necktie project that can be customized for any dad! Silk screening is a fun way to create a clean, flat design on a fabric surface rather than a raised effect you get with bottled fabric paints. Using the fabric dyes and a silk screening kit like the Silkscreen Factory, you can create a wide variety of projects... Read Post

Posted on May 17, 2014 in Activities For Big Kids | 0 comments

Top Secret Spy Activity For Kids: Mystery Scavenger Hunt

Top Secret Spy Activity For Kids: Mystery Scavenger Hunt

My eight-year-old son is really into spy, detective, undercover agent type stuff. He thinks it’s pretty cool to look for clues, and solve mysteries.  So recently, with some help from ALEX Toys and their Super Sleuth Kit, I put together an exciting mystery scavenger hunt for him. His mission was to explore the crime scene, gather his subjects, decipher the clues, and catch the culprit! The kit includes items for fingerprinting, super cool rear view mirror glasses, a magnifying glass, and flashlight, as well as information on a variety of codes. Beforehand, I created the crime scene, and the... Read Post

Posted on May 15, 2014 in Activities For Tweens | 0 comments

Snail Mail Pen Pal Fun For Kids

Snail Mail Pen Pal Fun For Kids

Remember the days before text messages and email? I do! I used to have a pen pal when I was young. I met her at camp one summer, and for the next few years we wrote back and forth via the good ‘ole postal service. I remember sharing all about my life with her, my secrets, and my accomplishments. Having a pen pal can be such a great experience for kids. They learn from the friendship, enjoy getting letters and goodies in the mail, and it’s an opportunity for them to practice their penmanship and letter writing skills. My oldest daughter has a friend that lives about an hour away. She sees her... Read Post

Posted on Apr 28, 2014 in Just the Girls | 0 comments

Mommy and Me Spa Date

Mommy and Me Spa Date

If you’re a mom of multiple children like me, you know how difficult it can be to find quality time with each child. That’s why I enjoy putting together Mommy & Me Dates. It’s simply a set aside time to spend with your children doing something fun! With all the things that end up on our busy schedule, I know it’s important to schedule time to reconnect with my kiddos, and let them know just how important they are to me. Recently, my daughters and I had a Mommy & Me Spa Date, and it was so much fun! We spent time chatting, getting facials, doing our nails, creating DIY lip gloss and... Read Post

Posted on Apr 28, 2014 in Holiday Crafts | 0 comments

DIY Mother’s Day Flower Pot Craft

DIY Mother’s Day Flower Pot Craft

Mother’s Day is one of my favorite holidays! It’s a chance to celebrate the joys of motherhood, a chance to truly reflect on the blessings we receive when we have children, and the opportunity to take a moment to thank our own mothers for the incredible love they’ve shown us over the years. This Mother’s Day, the kids and I wanted to show some of our friends who are mothers that they are special not just to their children, but to the other children in their lives as well.  When I saw the new Tape All Day set from ALEX Toys, featuring six rolls of fun and funky designer tape, I knew just what... Read Post

Posted on Apr 24, 2014 in Developmental Skills | Comments Off

How To Make Learning Fun For Kids

How To Make Learning Fun For Kids

Practicing spelling, sight words and math facts can get tedious for children. When it seems as if they are reluctant to tackle that new spelling list, learn the week’s sight words or practice those fundamental math facts look for ways to re-engage them by adding a fun twist to your routine. My Sand Box is the perfect solution; it can be used so many different ways for daily play, to encourage creativity and to make learning fun.   We use My Sand Box to liven up our homework and study time. Put away the paper and pencils and allow your child to use a paintbrush or their fingertips to... Read Post

Posted on Apr 18, 2014 in Printables | 0 comments

Printable: Summer Vacation Photo Album

Printable: Summer Vacation Photo Album

Splashing in the pool, making sand castles, riding the waves, backyard BBQ fun with family and friends; these are the great moments of summer! Save them to cherish always with our summer vacation photo album printable! The kiddos will delight in making their very own album that’s all about them and adding their own personal touch to it. They’ll need some adult help with the photos and if desired, additional materials or souvenirs to add to the album such as stickers, glitter, a baseball or movie ticket. Have fun making your keepsake together, it can also be a project you work on... Read Post

Posted on Apr 16, 2014 in Printables | Comments Off

Printable Games: Candy Dominoes

Printable Games: Candy Dominoes

It’s spring break, although depending on where you live it may not quite feel like it with the cool temperatures and snow on the ground still in some areas! Don’t despair if you’re home bound with the little ones for some of it, we have you covered with our Candy Dominoes printable game. Simply download, print, cut out the dominoes pieces and you’ve got a no-cost game to keep the kiddos entertained that also helps them build matching, recognition and counting skills! All you need are scissors and the Candy Dominoes printable pages, which you can download here. How to... Read Post

Posted on Jan 11, 2014 in Printables | 0 comments

Printable: Collage A Tree

Printable: Collage A Tree

Inspired by our ALEX Little Hands line, each of our printable crafts is specifically designed for little hands to create. Your kiddos will have fun making the crafts and you can secretly enjoy that they’ll also be developing important physical and cognitive skills. They’re easy to make and the end result is one that your kids will take pride in! In anticipation of fall and all the beautiful colors it brings, this week’s printable allows your kiddo to collage a colorful tree of their own. A fun option is add leaves and twigs to your tree for a real fall feel. Spice things up with an... Read Post

Posted on Jan 1, 2014 in Printables | 0 comments

Printable: May Flowers

Printable: May Flowers

April showers bring May flowers…just in time for Mother’s Day! Give beautiful flowers for Mother’s Day that will last forever. Its a gift your little one will be proud to hand over to Mom, Grandma or their favorite Aunt! Choose a flower for each of the flower pots and add your choice of colorful leaves. Add some special touches to each of the flowers to make them unique. Add a special note to the flower pot or glue it onto a piece of construction paper to turn your May flowers into a beautiful homemade cards. Get creative by adding puffy paints or glitter to make your... Read Post

Posted on Dec 19, 2013 in Printables | 0 comments

Printable: Ready, Set, Ice Cream!

Printable: Ready, Set, Ice Cream!

ALEX printables are designed specifically for toddlers and preschoolers and inspired by our Little Hands line of products. The Ready, Set collection gives little ones a head start building skills they need to feel confident they can succeed in school. Ready, Set, Ice Cream! combines the developmental skills of Ready, Set, Cut! and Ready, Set, Paste! into an easy printable craft. It’s a great way for little ones  to practice their cutting and pasting skills while having fun! Ready, Set, Ice Cream Instructions What You Need: 1. Safety Scissors 2. Glue Stick 3. Two Printable Pages shown below... Read Post

Posted on Dec 18, 2013 in Printables | 0 comments

Printable: Make a Monster Face

Printable: Make a Monster Face

Just in time for the Halloween, here’s Make A Monster Face! Designed to be easy enough for preschoolers, it’s a fun activity for kids that involves no more than cutting and pasting. Make lots of different faces with various combinations of cut-out features! When they’re done they can show off their hard work and hang the monster faces up as Halloween decorations!   What You Need: Safety Scissors Glue Stick 3 Page Printable – (Click each image to download) How To Make It: There are new ALEX Printables coming out all the time so make sure to check back and follow us on Facebook so you... Read Post