Kid-Friendly Cinco de Mayo Fiesta With Latino-Inspired Games, Crafts, Food

Cinco de Mayo celebrates the Mexican victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla. It's not a big thing in Mexico, but in the U.S., we love any excuse for a party, err, fiesta! Teach your special needs students the basics about this holiday--that's it's not the Mexican Independence Day (Sept 16), that it celebrates an important military triumph. Then, do hands-on crafts and games. Special education kids learn best through multisensory, interactive activities. Here's my ultimate Cinco de Mayo party planner with Spanish lesson plans, Mexican crafts and Latino music, food,

games and traditions. I've included free printable puzzles, recipes, vocabulary worksheets, flags, maps, 3D cut and paste crafts and gobs more!  Kid-Friendly Cinco de Mayo Fiesta With Latino-Inspired Games, Crafts, Food

Recycle Bin Arts and Crafts Activities for Earth Day

Earth Day is April 22. Why not celebrate with these recycle bin arts and crafts? Keep bored kids occupied on rainy spring days, too. Special needs kids struggle with attention and behavior problems more when they are bored. Here are anything-but-boring hands-on crafts with science, art, drama/theater connections. You'll need many kinds of recycled items: glass jars, plastic containers, Styrofoam pieces, metal cans, cardboard boxes in all sizes. Then mix in scissors, stapler, glue, markers, tape and children for environmentally friendly fun! Rainy Day Recycle Bin Activities for Kids

Free Printable Easter and Spring Crafts for Kids

Whether you celebrate secular Easter or just enjoy the eggs, bunnies and candy, the holiday is fun for young and old. Coming in spring, Easter celebrates new life and nature. For kids, it's a great time to explore science concepts of plant life, insects and baby animals. Here are free printable Easter crafts, coloring pages and activities for classroom, homeschool or just family fun.  Free Printable Easter Crafts, Activities, Decorations 

Free Printable Stations of the Cross Lenten Devotional Booklet to Color

Lent began on Ash Wednesday of the Catholic liturgical calendar and continues for 40 days up to Easter. We try to imitate Jesus with prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Help special needs children understand the Bible, Jesus and Christianity  better with a  free printable Stations of the Cross coloring book. Use this to guide prayers.



As a Catholic homeschooling family, we would draw images, one for each of the Station of the Cross. We hung them at different places in our home or yard to make our own Stations. The children would pray the Stations each Friday. The older children drew their own pictures,  but for younger children I used the Fr. Lovasik coloring book. Here is are several sets of free printable Stations of the Cross coloring pages. Print a booklet for CCD and religious education classes, Catholic school, homeschooling and family devotions.  Free Printable 'Stations of the Cross' Lenten Coloring Pages and Devotional Booklet

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