Dinosaur Valentine Cards – Free Printable

If your littles love dinosaurs as much as mine have, they’ll love the Dinosaur Valentine Cards I recently created. Punch two holes through the card and tie a small dino toy as a gift (like these DINO-mite valentines I made for G several years ago). Or use washi tape to attach a lollipop or pencil to one. OR! Go old-school and simply let them hand one to their special friends.

Days, weeks, months are all running together thanks to the pandemic. I can’t believe I’m already seeing Valentine’s Day commercials on TV! That’s usually my cue to plan a Valentine’s Day post, and I’m sharing it today to give you time to get ready yourself.

I’m not sure what Valentine’s Day will look like for G and L  this year. Will their teachers gloss over it as they have with Halloween and Christmas? Or will we be asked to drop off Valentine cards at school for some kind of distribution? 

If your kids are back in school, or if they’re learning in a pod, these Dinosaur Valentines will be a fun way for them to tell their peers they’re awesome!

A thing about my printables:

This Valentine printable is 8.5×11 inches. You will need to cut the cards out yourself. If you’d like to use these Valentines, feel free to download the file and print a few out. But please….

  • This printable is for PERSONAL USE ONLY
  • You MAY NOT resell, redistribute, or claim the original as your own
  • If you post this on the internet, please give credit to this blog, Muddy Boots and Diamonds, and link back to this specific post so others can obtain the resource.
  • I’d love to see how you incorporated this scavenger hunt into your Halloween plans! Feel free to tag me (Twitter: @bootsndiamonds or IG: @muddybootsndiamonds) when sharing your photos!

Download your Dinosaur Valentine Cards for Kids here.

 

Looking for more Valentine’s Day ideas for your family or students? Check out my Valentine’s Day board on Pinterest!

Halloween Scavenger Hunt Printable

With COVID-19 still a huge problem in America, Halloween is starting to look a little different for kids this year. The CDC has already recommended that we skip trick-or-treating and a few cities have attempted to ban it this year. Now, families are trying to figure out how to keep the Halloween spirit alive while possibly skipping the most iconic part of the holiday.

We haven’t decided what we will do about trick-or-treating; Mr Boots and I are not in agreement on the subject. But I’m determined to give the boys a fun Halloween 2020 despite the pandemic no matter what we decide.

Our neighborhood has a few houses that go all out for Halloween. I thought it would be fun to create a Halloween scavenger hunt for the boys. We can either walk up the street or drive around the neighborhood after dinner so they can look for the items on the list.

Halloween Scavenger Hunt Free Printable pin via Muddy Boots and Diamonds

I’m sharing this latest project with you! You can grab your own copy of the Halloween scavenger hunt by clicking the link at the end of this post 🙂

A thing about my printables:

This worksheet is 8.5×11 inches. If you’d like to use this for yourself, feel free to download it and print a few out. But please….

  • This printable is for PERSONAL USE ONLY
  • You MAY NOT resell, redistribute, or claim the original as your own
  • If you post this on the internet, please give credit to this blog, Muddy Boots and Diamonds, and link back to this specific post so others can obtain the resource.
  • I’d love to see how you incorporated this scavenger hunt into your Halloween plans! Feel free to tag me (Twitter: @bootsndiamonds or IG: @muddybootsndiamonds) when sharing your photos!

Download your Halloween Scavenger Hunt here!

Social Distancing Journal for Kids – FREE Printable

Writing is a form of therapy for me, and I am finding myself in need of it now that life has been turned around due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I’m at home with three kids unable to venture out while my husband is working on HVAC systems in area hospitals. I’m learning how to homeschool, entertain kids in ages 11 months – 8 years, not worry about the virus coming home with my husband, and basically keep my sanity all at the same time.

We’re living through a major moment in history.

I’m trying to journal my way through this moment — both to document how my life has changed and work through my feelings — and I want my kids to do the same. But I wasn’t sure they’d really like sitting down and writing about their day, so I decided to create a journal for them.

The My Social Distancing Journal is a 30-page document with a different daily prompt for the boys to write or draw (or both) about. Some prompts let them think about how the pandemic is affecting them (How has your life changed since our family began social distancing?) and some are fun (If you had three wishes, what would they be?). There is also space for them to write the date at the top, track the weather, and circle an emotion to relay how they’re feeling that day.

My Social Distancing Journal page pencil red pencil sharpener © Muddy Boots and Diamonds

I am using this journal as part of our homeschooling adventure. The bulk of the boys’ schoolwork is being done in a couple of hours in the morning. After nap/quiet time in the afternoon, I’ve had them complete one page of the journal. Being six and eight, they’d rather draw a picture for their answer versus write. But I’ve had them write at least a short phrase describing their illustration. They also need to write out the date at the top of each page for practice.

While the fun prompts have been pretty easy to think about, the ones regarding the COVID-19 pandemic have been tougher. But that’s not a bad thing! It’s actually given us a chance to talk about what is going on in the world and think about how our actions can affect the community.

Social Distancing Journal for Kids FREE DOWNLOAD via muddybootsanddiamonds.com

I’m sharing pages 1-5 of the journal with you! The prompts included are:

  1. How has your life changed since our family began practicing Social Distancing?
  2. What do you think your teacher is doing today?
  3. What do you think the birds are thinking today?
  4. If you could visit any planet in our solar system, which would it be? What would you do when you got there?
  5. What do you miss most about school?

A thing about my printables:

This worksheet is 8.5×11 inches. If you’d like to use this for yourself, feel free to download it and print a few out. But please….

  • This printable is for PERSONAL USE ONLY
  • You MAY NOT resell, redistribute, or claim the original as your own
  • If you post this on the internet, please give credit to this blog, Muddy Boots and Diamonds, and link back to this specific post so others can obtain the resource.
  • I’d love to see how you use this worksheet! Please feel free to tag me (Twitter: @bootsndiamonds or IG: @muddybootsndiamonds) when sharing your photos!

Download your copy of the first five pages of the My Social Distancing Journal for Kids

 

You can bind the journal as you see fit. I considered putting these in a three-ring binder but decided to stick the pages in a pocket folder for now. I’ll likely bind the journal when the boys have completed it.

But wait, there’s more! Sign up for my newsletter and receive the entire journal — all 30 pages!

 

Easter I Spy Game – Free Printable

I’ve created another holiday I Spy game, this time for Easter. Download it, print out a bunch, and have fun looking for common Easter symbols. Challenge yourself to find all the symbols on your own, or team up with your kids to work on it together!

I Spy Easter Game Printable facebook image via muddybootsanddiamonds.com

With everything that is going on with the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s been easy to forget that Easter is just coming up soon. There is a meme floating around asking if the Easter Bunny caught the VID because it’s just one more thing we have to think about right now. I totally feel that way. This Easter game might be the only fun thing my kids get to do this year (I hope I’m kidding, but apparently some people are seeing an egg shortage!).

Print out as many as you need to keep the family entertained while Easter Dinner is cooking. Or print a few out on cardstock and laminate or put them in these dry-erase pockets to reuse over and over again.

A thing about my printables:

This Easter I Spy game is 8.5×11 inches. If you’d like to use this for yourself, feel free to download it and print a few out. But please….

  • This printable is for PERSONAL USE ONLY
  • You MAY NOT resell, redistribute, or claim the original as your own
  • If you post this on the internet, please give credit to Muddy Boots and Diamonds and link back to this specific post so others can obtain the resource.
  • I’d love to see how you use this worksheet! Please feel free to tag me (Twitter: @bootsndiamonds or IG: @muddybootsndiamonds) when sharing your photos!

 

Download your copy of this I Spy Easter game here!

 

Looking for more fun Easter activities? Check out these other posts:

Check out my Easter board on Pinterest for more Easter crafts, activities, and basket ideas!

20 Things to Do When You Have a Snow Day

If you’re looking for family-friendly activities to do on your next snow day, look no further! I’ve put together a list of 20 activities and tasks you can accomplish the next time snow (or ice) keeps your family at home:

1. Disinfect Backpacks

Kids are germy. I like to take a can of disinfectant and spray backpacks and shoes.

2. Disinfect Lunch Boxes

I try to wipe down the boys’ lunchboxes every weekend, but sometimes life gets in the way and I forget. Snow days are great for slowing down and accomplishing little tasks like this.

3. Wash Coats, Hats, Gloves, etc.

I usually do this after the boys have played outside for a time.

4. Make a Craft

Get inspired with these ideas!

5. Watch a Movie

Pop some popcorn, grab a snack, and snuggle up on the couch to watch a movie together. I love using snow days to introduce my kids to my childhood favorites.

6. Do Homework

As a kid, I’d always try to get my homework done before a possible snow day, but I know not everyone is like this. Snow days are great for working on a school project or studying for upcoming exams.

7. Build a Fort

Give your kids blankets or sheets and let them use their imaginations to build. We’ve made forts out of couches and cushions and tables and chairs.

8. Read

Children's Books © Muddy Boots and Diamonds

Read a novel. A magazine. A comic. Read to yourself. Read to your kids. Aim for 20 minutes every day you’re home. This post explains why 20 minutes of reading five days a week is so important.

9. Enjoy a Hot Beverage

I love a cup of tea after playing outside or shoveling snow. My boys ask for hot chocolate, but only eat the marshmallows, claiming that the hot chocolate is too hot. Then it’s too cold and they admit they just wanted the marshmallows.

10. Play a Game

Child's Hand moving game pice on Monopoly Mario Kart via muddybootsanddiamonds.com

A board game or a card game or make one up! 

11. Shovel the Driveway/Sidewalk

This is great heavy work for kids. It lets them exert some energy so they aren’t bouncing off the walls at the end of the day.

12. Set aside old toys/clothes to donate

When the boys are home from school for an extended period of time, I take note of what they play with and don’t. Toys they don’t touch get put on my list of things to donate or consign.

If your kids are older, it’s an opportunity to get them involved in the decision making.

13. Go Sledding

 

14. Build a Snowman

 

15. Bake Cookies

Or a cake. Or cupcakes. Or these pretzel bites or trail mix!

16. Color/Draw

 

17. Blow Frozen Bubbles

Frozen Bubble on Patio Table © Muddy Boots and Diamonds

I blew (hehe) my kids away when I showed them how to do this a few years ago. Now they ask to blow bubbles every time it snows.

18. Complete a Puzzle

 

19. Write to a Friend

Stack of Greeting Cards with Seasons Greeting Label via Muddy Boots and Diamonds blog

If your snow day is just after the holidays, it’s also a great time to write Thank You notes for all the gifts you received.

20. Make S’mores

Boy Roasting Marshmallow in Fireplace on a snow day Muddy Boots and Diamonds

We have a wood fireplace and one of our favorite wintertime activities is making s’mores after dinner on a day we’ve got it lit. If you don’t use a fireplace then make them in the microwave.

What snow day activities would you add to this list?

Want this written down? I’ve made this list of snow day activities into a checklist so you and your family can see how many you can accomplish on your next day home from school and work!

A thing about my printables:

This worksheet is 8.5×11 inches. If you’d like to use this for yourself, feel free to download it and print a few out. But please….

    • This printable is for PERSONAL USE ONLY
    • You MAY NOT resell, redistribute, or claim the original as your own
    • If you post this on the internet, please give credit to this blog, Muddy Boots and Diamonds, and link back to this specific post so others can obtain the resource.
    • I’d love to see how you use this worksheet! Please feel free to tag me (Twitter: @bootsndiamonds or IG: @muddybootsndiamonds) when sharing your photos!

Download your free Snow Day Bucket List here!