Showing posts with label Freebies. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Freebies. Show all posts

Aug 19, 2016

Midnight Ride Without Paul Revere - My New Children's Chapter Book!

In 2011, when my kids were madly reading through (or having me read) select titles in The Magic Treehouse series, I felt inspired to write a chapter book with a similar action-packed storyline, but a Christian world view. I loved every minute of writing the resulting book, which became A Day With the Dinosaurs. Initially, I wrote it just for my kids, but later I published the book and made it free for everyone. Kids read it and loved it - even some Sunday school teachers read it to their classes, who could hardly wait between Sundays to hear what happened next. Everyone was happy.

I fully intended to write more books with the same characters, but during those years, I grew increasingly ill with two autoimmune disease and other, more general health problems. But last summer, as I was planning my children's homeschool curriculum, I felt inspired to pick up those characters again, at last. The result was Midnight Ride Without Paul Revere. And again, I'm releasing the story to the public.

In this, the second Tilly's Time Machine book, Matt and Tilly risk another attempt at time travel and find themselves amid strangers who think they are Revolutionary War spies. Just when the friends think they might be in real trouble, a teenage girl named Sybil Luddington chooses to believe their loyalties lie not with the King of England, but with American revolutionaries. And Sybil trusts them enough to take them on a special mission - a mission that proves kids can change history.

Sybil Luddington was, by the way, a real person - a heroine of the War, though many people today have never heard of her.

As with A Day With the Dinosaurs, the back of this book features discussion questions, fun facts, and activities to go along with the story. The book is also lightly illustrated.

So whether your child just needs a fun book to read at the end of summer, or you want to use the book as part of your homeschool or after school curriculum, Midnight Ride Without Paul Revere is sure to fit the bill.

Normally, the book will be just 99 cents - but from August 19th through the 23rd, I'm offering it entirely FREE. And, of course, A Day With the Dinosaurs continues to be free, too. Enjoy!

Age range: about 7 - 11.
Grade range: about 1st - 5th.
Flesch-Kinkaid Reading Level: 3.2

P.S. Like the book? PLEASE take just a moment to leave a review on Amazon! This helps other people find the book, since Amazon buries any books with zero or little reviews. Even just one line counts as a review! Thank you.

Jun 3, 2014

Best FREE Paper Dolls for Boys

Both of my children love paper dolls - yes, even my little boy. And I don't mind, because there are some great boyish paper dolls out there, paper dolls are excellent creative play toys, and they are great for developing scissor skills. I usually print them out on cardstock, and they hold up well. I also give the children shoe boxes or shirt boxes (left over from Christmas) to hold their paper doll collections. Also, you can turn any of these into magnetic paper dolls simply by printing on magnetic paper and cutting off the tabs.

To see my favorite paper dolls overall, visit my Pinterest Paper Doll page. But for my favorite boy's paper dolls, look below.

(P.S. Don't want to bother printing out paper dolls? Scroll to the bottom of this page for some great, affordable paper dolls you can purchase.

P.P.S. Some of these sets come with girls and women. I usually give these to my daughter; if you prefer, you can just cut out the boy/man stuff and throw the rest away.)

Best Free Paper Dolls for Boys:

"Boy Paper Dolls" via KatMarie's.
* "Wee Willy:" Cowboy, Indian, baseball player, police man, and more.

* "Boy Paper Dolls:" Pirate, sailor, solider, and more.

* "White Knight:" From Alice in Wonderland.

* "Knight Paper Doll:" With three different suits of armor.

* "Sir Gawain:" Another knight.

* "Friends at School:" Pilgrim costume and more.

* "Dress Up a Halloweenie:" Despite the title, these could just be viewed as generic costumes; pirate, skeleton, and more.

* "Igloo Kids:" Eskimo theme.

* "The Puritan Twins:" After the book, which is free.

* "American Family of the Pilgrim Period:" Father, mother, son, and daughter.

* "American Family of the Civil War Period:" Grandparents, parents, and two boys and one girl..

Space Man via Smart Chicks Commune
* "Paper Dolls of History:" Color your own paper men from ancient times.

* "Space Man:"  Old fashioned astronaut.

* "Film Fashions:" Scottish bagpipe player, pirate, and other historical costumes.

* "King Louis XVI:" Click through the images for other men of the period.

* "Heroes of Fiction:"  Robinson Caruso, Hamlet, Rip van Winkle, Ben Hur, and others.

* "Colonial America:" Man and woman.
Superman via More Puppetry

* "Tiny Littles Paper Dolls:" Cowboy, Victorian gentleman, pirate, and more.

* "Nursery Rhymes:" Boys with Mother Goose outfits (scroll down).

* "Star Trek:" Spock. Click here for complete list of outfits.

* "Super Man:" Also Thor.

* "Color Your Own Superheroes:" Generic, with movable limbs.

Paper Dolls to Purchase for Boys:

* "Jordan the Sports Boy" 90 cents

* "North American Indian Boy and Girl" $4.45

* "Monkey Family Sticker Paper Dolls" $4.46 (There's also "Dinosaur Family Sticker Paper Dolls")

* "Curious George Paper Dolls" $6.26

* "American Pioneer Family Paper Dolls" $6.26

* "George Washington and His Family" $6.26

* "Joey Magnetic Dress Up" $12.22 Made of sturdy wood

Mar 1, 2013

MORE Free Apron Patterns

One of the most popular posts on Proverbs 31 Woman is a list of free apron patterns on the Internet. I admit, I love my aprons. They are so quick, easy, and fun to make - and useful besides. So let's feed our passion with some MORE free apron patterns - including several from my personal collection...

For Women:

* Proverb 31 Woman's FREE .PDF of 6 Vintage Apron Patterns (including a pot holder apron, baby bath apron, mother-daughter aprons, half apron, and apron with bias trim)
* Shirt turned smock
* Frilly apron
* Gardener's harvesting apron
* 2 Half Aprons turned Smock
* Josephine apron
* Pretty little apron
* Fat quarters apron
* Reversible (or non-reversible) apron
* Old fashioned apron
Apron from man's shirt,
* Tulip apron
* Bandana apron
* Clippings Gardener apron
* Ruffled apron
* Berry Picking Apron
* Man's shirt turned apron
* Bib overalls turned apron
* Edwardian era apron
* Bias apron
* Asymmetrical apron
* Four Fat Quarters apron
* Songbird apron
* Pleated apron
* Reversible retro pattern

For Girl's:

* Girl's pinafore
* Sweet embroidered girl's apron
* Girl's owl apron
* Baby's apron
* 1920s embroidered apron 
Berry Picking Apron,

Feb 28, 2013

Free Ebook Reminder

Just a quick reminder that from now on I won't be listing free ebooks on the main page of the blog, or at Facebook. Instead, click the "Free Ebook" link in the upper right. Or, click here.


Oct 24, 2012

Free Construction Party Printables

If your little boy loves dump trucks, loaders, and other heavy equipment used in construction, at some point he'll want a construction theme party. My little boy just had his second such party - and once again, I avoided spending a lot of money on banners and other decorations I know will just get thrown away. This homemade construction party birthday banner and accompanying signs are so simple to make - and much cheaper, too.

Included in this freebie pack are a:

* "Happy Birthday" banner
* Work Zone sign
* Boys at Work sign
* Men at Work sign
* Dig In Sign

The pack is available in Word format or a .PDF.

To use the pack, simply print on orange construction paper. (If you can't find construction paper that fits into your printer, just cut it to size. I lay an ordinary piece of printer paper - 8.5 x 11 in. - on top of a stack of construction paper and trim it with scissors. It doesn't matter if your cuts are perfectly straight or not.) Cut out each diamond-shaped sign.

To make the banner, use a hand held hole punch to punch two holes, side by side, on the top of each diamond, then thread ribbon (fabric ribbon or curling ribbon) through the holes. Or, use a needle and thread to string the banner together; be sure to take a full stitch (making two holes at the top of each diamond) so the diamonds won't twirl once hung.

To make a hanging "Dig In" sign, cut out and punch one hole in the top of the diamond. Use ribbon or thread to hang from a light fixture or the ceiling.

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Apr 14, 2012

Making a Mama Chore Chart

Your kids probably shouldn’t be the only ones in the house with a chore chart. In fact, by keeping what I called a "Mama Chore Chart," your house will likely be cleaner and neater and you will reduce stress and chaos in your life - and your family’s life. Although it may take a little time to establish a truly useful chore chart for Mama, I think you’ll find it makes your life as homekeeper considerably easier.

The trickiest part of having a Mama’s Chore Chart is that some household jobs might happen seasonally, others just once in a while, others weekly, and still others daily. But with a little patience and time, you can come up with a chart that really works well for you. (Although I'll let you take a peek at my chore chart, I'm not offering a free printable for this one. That's because every household is different, and a Mama Chore Chart that works for me may not work at all well for you.)

Making a list of daily chores is probably the easiest part of coming up with a Mama’s Chore Chart. Just jot down the household chores you do every day. Post that list on your refrigerator, and as you go about your day, add more chores as you think of them. Here are some things that might go on that list:

* Wash dishes.
* Clean kitchen counters.
* Clean the stove top.
* Clean the dining or kitchen table.
* Laundry.
* Vacuum or sweep floor.
* Empty trash.
* Make beds.
* Tidy each room.

Next, think in terms of chores that don’t need doing daily, but must be done at least once a week. These could include:
* Vacuum and mop.
* Dust.
* Clean the oven.
* Clean the fridge.
* Thoroughly clean one room.
* Clean the bathroom.
* Change the linens.
* Clean doorknobs and switch plates.
* Clean mirrors.

Now think of jobs that really only need doing about once a month. These could include:

* Vacuum ceilings, woodwork, lamp shades, couches, etc.
* Wash curtains.
* Clean ceiling lamps and fans.
* Turn mattresses.
* Clean baseboards and woodwork.
* Polish furniture or floors.

Finally, think in terms of seasoning cleaning. In some households, this might translate to “spring cleaning.” In other homes, you might do this sort of cleaning once in the spring and once in the fall. If you’re super-fastidious, you might do these chores with every change of season. These jobs might include:

* Clean all windows, inside and out.
* Clean screens on windows and doors.
* Dry clean draperies, wash curtains, clean Venetian blinds.
* Wash walls and ceilings.
* Shampoo carpet.
* Shampoo or clean upholstery.
* Clean out/declutter/reorganize closets and cabinets.
* Sort through clothes and stash what’s out of season.

I cannot stress enough that what you put on your Mama Chore Chart depends upon your family’s habits (Do you take off your shoes right away? Are your kids messy or neat?), where you live (Is it a dusty area? Is there a lot of rain and mud?), what kind of heating system you use (Do you have dust-producing wood heat?), and your personal preferences.

Once you have a fairly complete list of chores for your chart, type them up or write them neatly. Put the daily chores on one page, the weekly ones on another, the monthly chores on still another, and the seasonal chores on yet another. Stick these lists inside page protectors, then either tape them to the inside of some cupboard you frequently use, or keep them in a homekeeper’s binder. As you begin using your lists, add chores as needed – and feel free to remove chores or move them to a different page. (For example, you might move mopping from a daily to a weekly chore.)

Finally, you'll need to decide how you will fit weekly, monthly, and seasonal chores into your daily schedule. For most of us, the easiest way to do this is divide the number of extra chores into 6 days (leaving one day free for the Sabbath). Then add them to your to do list. (For a free, printable to do list, click here.) For example, let's say I have 6 weekly chores, in addition to my daily chores. I would then add 1 extra chore per day during the week, so I didn't have to do all the weekly chores in one fell swoop.

Of course, some of you may enjoy doing all the weekly, monthly, or seasonal chores in one day or on the weekend. If that works for you, that's fine, too.

Now, refer to your Mama Chore Chart regularly! I like to use a dry erase pen to put a check mark next to each chore as I complete it. If you like, you may also indicate chores you’ve passed on to other members of the family. For example, you might have your teenager do the monthly dusting - so write his initials next to that chore using a dry erase pen. Next month, should you both wish it, you might assign him a different chore - so erase his initials from "dust" and instead write them next to “shampoo the carpet.”

Once you have your chore charts handy, I'm certain you'll be thankful you took the time to make them! You can see mine in this .PDF file. If you want to use mine as a template for your own, try downloading it in Word format.

Feb 24, 2012

The Power of a To-Do List - and a FREE printable

Recently, I've re-introduced the daily to-do list into my life - and I've been amazed how much more productive I've become!

Pre-child, I frequently used a to-do list, but somehow when babies came along, I rarely wrote one. Now I'm so very glad I'm using a list again. Not only am I finding it easier to do the really important things in life (like read my Bible, pray, and make special time to play with the children), but my house is tidier, too! I also feel far more encouraged about my home making skills.

I think there are several tricks to making a to-do list work. First, it has to be realistic. You can't just make a list of everything you need to do and hang it up on the refrigerator where it will mostly serve to discourage you. Instead, write down only things you can truly accomplish in a day. You might have to experiment with this until you discover how many to-do activities fit into your daily life. For example, I've found that more than 10 on a given day is completely impractical for me. I'm better off with perhaps 8 - but if I'm homeschooling that day, even that is too much and I'd better aim for a few less.

It's also important to realize that sometimes life gets in the way of your to-dos; there's no need to beat yourself up if you have a day or two where your list is largely ignored. What you don't want, however, is for this to become a habit - which is why writing down a realistic number of to-dos is vital.

In addition, it's helpful to prioritize your top three most important things to do each day. I put these at the top of my to-do list, in their own special spot.

If you struggle with things like getting down on the floor and playing with your children, or finding time to read the Bible, don't neglect to put these on your to-do list, too.

Be sure to break down large tasks into individual steps. Instead of putting "clean the house" on your list, write "dust," then "vacuum," then "mop," and so on.

Finally, check off items as you accomplish them. It will give you a feeling of satisfaction, and will encourage you to accomplish more. And if I end up doing additional items not on my list, I always add them to my list. Then, at the end of the day, I can have a realistic look at all I've done. (As an aside, seeing my completed to-do lists has helped my husband appreciate what I do even more.)

I've created a simple template for my to-do list (incpired by TshOxenreider's Organized Simplicity). It includes the date, an area for marking down what's for dinner that night, a place to write my top three priorities, check offs for my to-dos, and a section at the bottom where I can make notes - often about home keeping projects I want to add to my to-do list in the near future. I print (and fill out) a fresh template every evening so I can look back on old lists and feel encouraged. But you might slip yours into a page protector and use a dry erase pen to create a new list every day.

You can download my template in Word format or .PDF format. I hope it helps!

Feb 22, 2012

Day with the Dinosaurs - a FREE ebook for kids

When 8 year old Matt accidentally presses a button on his friend Tilly's latest invention, the two third graders are swept into a puzzling and amazing world. There are enormous flowers, huge animals of every kind - and dinosaurs! Super-smart Tilly can't figure out where - or when - they are, but soon she recognizes an important historical event...And that's when everything goes terribly wrong.

A Day with the Dinosaurs is written in the style of the popular Magic Treehouse books, but contains no magic. Science - especially a fun glimpse at creation science - is the focus here, in 40 action-packed pages with short chapters. This lightly illustrated chapter book also contains bonus material, including thoughts to ponder and information about dinosaurs, creation science, and the Bible.

Best of all it's FREE! Download your copy here. And if you like it, please leave a comment telling others so!

Flesch-Kinkaid Reading Level: 2.7

UPDATE 8/24/2016: There is now a book 2 in the Tilly's Time Machine series: Midnight Ride Without Paul Revere.

"I just finished reading your ebook, Day With the Dinosaurs, with my three kids, ages 9, 7, and 5. They LOVED the book! And...they want to read more books about Tilly and Matt's adventures! ...They were so pleasantly surprised to read about a Bible event in the same style of that other [well known] series! They really enjoyed the Christian perspective...Lindsey."
"Excellent!..I love the combination of action, adventure, and animals. Readers will have fun learning about all the different animals and be intrigued by Matt and Tilly's adventures. The short chapters and consistent action mean children won't have time to get bored...I appreciated all the extras at the end of the book. It is nice to have so many questions answered, as well as be given some great ideas for discussion." Erin Cronin, Christian Children's Book Review

For permission to reprint this ebook, please email Kristina.

Dinosaur Activities for Kids

* Read A Day with the Dinosaurs - a FREE book of time-traveling fiction for kids 4 - 11, similar in style to the Magic Treehouse books, but offering a creationist view about dinosaurs. Includes a factoid section and questions to ponder.

* Create a dinosaur diorama with this free printable.

* Make a T-rex, steggo, or Brachiosaurus finger puppet.

* Make dinosaur "models" from paper, or try this pop up T-Rex.

* Eat Dinosaur Footprint Cookies.

* Hammer away at "rock" to find dinosaur toys. (Or use this ice cube method.)

* Create "fossils" using play dough, clay, plaster of Paris, or a simple homemade clay. (Homemade clay: Mix together 4 cups all purpose flour and 1 cup salt. Add 1 1/2 cups water, a little at a time, until a dough forms. If needed, add water a tablespoon at a time to make the dough more moist. Flatten slightly and press toy dinosaur feet, pine cones, your children's hands, etc. into the dough, then bake in a preheated 350 degree F. oven for 1 hour.)

* Dig for dinosaur bones! On cardstock, print out the skeletons of at least two dinosaurs. Cut the skeletons apart. In a sandbox (or large container filled with sand), bury many - but not all - the "bones." Have your children dig up the bones and try to put the dinosaurs back together. (It's extremely rare to find all of a dinosaur's bones; most digs uncover only a few. How difficult it is to match the bones correctly and come up with the same dinosaur scientists believe existed? )

* Make a dinosaur from a paper plate.

* Make dinosaur masks from these free printables.

* Download a free creationist-view dinosaur coloring book.

* Play Build a Dinosaur - a free online game from Scholastic.

* Make these fun dinosaur chompers using clothespins.

* Make dinosaur stand up "paper dolls." Or try this 3D poseable version.

* Make wear-able dinosaur feet from foam - or from Kleenex boxes.

* Create origami dinosaurs.

* Make a dino hat.

* Chip away at a cookie to imitate what it's like digging up fossils.

* Make a T-rex skull from a milk jug.

* Make and measure dinosaur feet.

* Create - and wear! - dinosaur tails.