Tuesday, May 31, 2005
Saturday, May 28, 2005
Thursday, May 26, 2005
Amazing Handwriting Worksheet Making Tool
Make simple handwriting worksheets for your little ones (with their names, or perhaps a short sentence) with this online tool. Very useful!
Or you download the "Penmanship" handwriting font from Activity Village and make your own!
Wednesday, May 25, 2005
Parenting Articles from Activity Village
I have added four new articles to the website this week:
"The importance of fathers" by Rexanne Mancini
"A new kind of calm in the family (product review)" by Gina Ritter
"Showing appreciation to teachers" by Steven Campanella, and
"Childhood friendships" by Rexanne Mancini.
Also recently added were:
"Winning the Whining War" by Chick Moorman, and
"17 quick ways to strengthen the bonds of love" by Patricia Downing.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Fans of the Narnia stories may or may not be eagerly anticipating the Disney film series, starting with The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe this Christmas. Speaking as a huge fan myself, I was horrified at the thought of another attempt to reproduce the books which I loved so much as a child - but having watched the trailer at the site above I have been well and truly converted and now can't wait for the film to be released! There are various other aspects of the site worth exploring: you can watch videos of the making of the films, find information about the characters, download wallpapers and try some fairly difficult quizzes.
Tuesday, May 24, 2005
We have added lots new to Activity Village today. First, a new section on "Teacher Appreciation" - perfect as we come to the end of the school year and are looking for ways to say thank you! Find Teacher Appreciation here.
We will be adding more to the section over the next few days - in particular we have some printables planned.
The Teacher Appreciation theme started us looking for some new jigsaws, and we selected some really great, colourful photos to use in a new "School Jigsaws" section. Fun all through the school year, they are perhaps particularly appropriate as a new year starts in a "Back to School" theme. You can also save them to a floppy or CD-Rom and give them to your teacher to use in the classroom .. if she doesn't enjoy doing them, the children will! Find School Jigsaws here.
Monday, May 23, 2005
Saturday, May 21, 2005
Farm animal coloring pages
As I continue to update and sort out Activity Village's colouring pages I have found myself finding things I had long forgotten about - some of which I scanned into the computer over 4 years ago! One such section if the farm animal coloring pages. Please, if you haven't had a look at these recently, go and check them out ... they are gorgeous!
We also recently added a "theme" page on farm animals which you can find here:
Farm animals theme
Thursday, May 19, 2005
The free coloring pages at Activity Village are one of the most popular sections of the website, probably because they are original, cute and taylor-made for the website by Jenni Hammond, a very talented granny! If you haven't visited for a while, please do go and have a look. We have also moved the page to a new location, so you might want to change your bookmarks while you are there.
Click here to explore Activity Village's coloring pages.
We are also in the process of updating and adding to our coloring page links section, which provides an enormous resource of categorised links - everything from disney coloring pages to bible coloring pages to butterfly coloring pages, with many more in between. This section will just go on getting bigger and better, so if you are looking for something specific which you can't find at Activity Village, have a look here!
And finally, if there is something you are looking for which you just can't track down, please leave us a comment and tell us what it is, and we will do our best to find it or provide it!
Wednesday, May 18, 2005
Scribbles - Masterpieces To Color
This excellent site has much to keep your "arty" child busy. This particular page is full of masterpieces reduced to black and white drawings for children to colour in - a great way to get them familiar with well-known works of art. There is also much to explore in the rest of the site, including information about artists, an online colouring book, various download, and contests.
Tuesday, May 17, 2005
Monday, May 16, 2005
Word Searches for Kids from Activity Village
Announcing another new publication from Activity Village - our bumper pack of Word Searches for Kids! Designed especially with kids in mind and featuring 28 word searches for all ages on all aspects of a child's world, the booklet is excellent value at only $4.95 and available for instant download.
Thursday, May 12, 2005
Tuesday, May 10, 2005
Boredom Busters for Kids
Perfect for keeping kids busy during the long summer holidays, Activity Village's latest ebook is packed full of good, old-fashioned ideas for fun! Written so that older children can have their own copy to delve into when boredom strikes, Boredom Busters for Kids! suggests over 200 different ideas including quiet activities and noisy activities, indoor activities and outdoor activities, silly activities and sensible activities, as well as crafty activities and brainy activities! More than 50 pages of fun for only $6.95 (that's about £3.70) and available for instant download!
Thursday, May 05, 2005
BBC - Schools - Dance Mat Typing - Home
This new website uses animated characters and a game-like interface to introduce the keyboard to children and provide typing practice. Great fun (although the rather irritating accents of the characters may confuse or annoy the children!)
Tuesday, May 03, 2005
Sunday, May 01, 2005
Beakman & Jax
This amazing site will keep curious kids occupied for ever, finding out why their feet smell, what mucus is for, and many other fascinating snippets of information! There is a huge archive of interesting explorations - enough to keep them busy and intrigued for months! Great fun.