Templates & Activities

These templates and activities are intended for use by children of any age – they are simple enough for young children and allow scope for older children to add their own ideas. The templates and activities are classed into broad themes.

Each template has a small version of the template and some suggestions for activities or discussion starters. Open discussion with comments and open-ended questions are generally more productive than direct questions used to test knowledge.

Click on the small version of each template to get the larger print version.

Shapes

This template shows some common shapes for discussion, colouring and to make into shape matching puzzles. Click image for the full-size template Print and colour in the shapes. Make a shape sorting game. Print twice. One sheet will be your base. Colour the shapes and cut out. Let children match their cut-out shape to the [...]

Scissors Template

Click image for the full-size template Related skills: fine motor, language Discussion Topics: Colour the template. Talk about all the different types of scissors – safety scissors with blunt ends for children, dressmaking scissors, small embroidery scissors, manicurist’s nail scissors, hairdresser’s scissors, garden scissors. Big scissors are often called shears. What occupations can you think [...]

Ruler

This is a template of a ruler to colour and discuss. Click image for the full-size template Related skills: fine motor, language, mathematics Discussion Topics: Colour the template. Talk about rulers and the different types – your school ruler, a tradesman’s ruler… Would you include tape measures as rulers? How many uses can you think [...]

Hammer

Click image for the full-size template Related skills: fine motor, language Discussion Topics: Colour the template. Talk about what you do with hammers. Who do you know who has one or more hammers? What are hammers made of? Is the handle made of something different to the head of the hammer? Do you have different [...]

Elephant

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Here is an elephant template and a connect the dots. Click image for the full-size template Click image for the full-size template Related skills: fine motor, language Discussion Topics: Colour the template. Talk about elephants and where they live. What is special about elephants? Do you have some story books about elephants?

Keys

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Children are fascinated by keys. Here are two templates for keys, and a lock and key to decorate and discuss. a modern key Click image for the full-size template an old fashioned key Click image for the full-size template padlock and key Click image for the full-size template Related skills: fine motor, language Discussion Topics: [...]

Handprint Card – for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day etc…

This card is an ideal keepsake for young children to make and give to parents and grandparents for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Christmas or birthdays.  They can use a photo of themselves or a family pet. Instructions: You will need 1 A4 sheet of coloured card for base 1 sheet of A4 coloured paper for [...]

All the numbers

This is a list of the number templates. Use them individually to focus on a particular letter or number. Colour them, cut them out, use them as part of a bigger picture, decorate with drawings of things that are related to that number (eg shape, number of legs / wheels,  etc.) Print the set of [...]

Tiger

This template shows a Tiger Click image for the full-size template Print and colour in. Related skills: language, fine motor. Discussion Topics: Talk about where you see tigers. Have you seen tigers in a zoo? Do you have tigers in any of your books? One of our family favourites is Terrible Terrible Tiger Tiger-related Toys [...]

Whale Template

This template shows a Whale Click image for the full-size template Print and colour in. Related skills: language, fine motor. Discussion Topics: Talk about whales and where they live. Have you heard the sounds that whales make? Do you know any different types of whales? Have you ever been whale watching? Template created by and [...]

Zebra

This template shows a Zebra Click image for the full-size template Print and colour in. Related skills: language, fine motor. Discussion Topics: What’s special about zebras? Black and white. Stripes. Where do they live? Can you think of other animals that live in the jungle? Do you know what they eat? Have you seen a [...]

Teacups, Cups & Mugs

This template shows a Teacup Click image for the full-size template Print and colour in. You could draw patterns or pictures on the side. Related skills: language, fine motor. Discussion Topics: We use cups every day – what different cups do you have and what do you put in them? Are some better for hot [...]

Wheel Templates

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This template shows a Wheel Click image for the full-size template Print and colour in.  Wheels can be cut out and pasted on the side of a cardboard box to make a car or truck. Related skills: language, fine motor, maths. Discussion Topics: Talk about all the places we have wheels – the obvious ones [...]

Alphabet templates – All the letters

Babies and children are surrounded by words and letters. The unusual thing about numbers and letters is that they can change if they are turned around – an upside down M becomes a W, and upside down 6 becomes a 9. Our alphabet and number templates are bare to allow you plenty of scope for [...]

Train Diesel

This is a series of templates shows the side view of a diesel engine. They will appeal to children who are serious about their trains. Click image for the full-size template Click image for the full-size template Click image for the full-size template Click image for the full-size template Print on standard paper or card. [...]

Train – steam engine side view

This is a series of templates shows the side view of a steam engine, carriages.  It will appeal to children who are serious about their trains. Click image for the full-size template Click image for the full-size template Click image for the full-size template Click image for the full-size template Click image for the full-size [...]

Steam Train – Detailed Template

This template shows a Steam engine and carriage on rails. Click image for the full-size template This is a quite complex steam engine and carriage with a lot of detail for close colouring in. Related skills: language, fine motor. Discussion Topics: You can talk about the different parts of the engine, the rails, the sleepers. [...]

Icecream Sundae

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This template shows an Icecream Sundae Click image for the full-size template Print and colour in.  Colour the icecream, draw on fruit, nuts or other decorations. Related skills: language, fine motor. Discussion Topics: Icecream Sundaes are special occasion foods – not good for you to have every day but great for a treat. Do you [...]

Snail Template

This template shows a Snail Click image for the full-size template Print and colour in. Related skills: language, fine motor. Discussion Topics: Talk about where you see snails, go for a snail hunt in the garden. What do snails eat? What eats snails? Talk about how some people eat them. What do we mean when [...]

Mother’s Day Templates

Use these Mother’s Day templates to make cards and posters. Print these ready made Mother’s Day cards for children to decorate Click image for the full-size template Click image for the full-size template or cut out these letter templates to spell out MUM, MOM etc to make cards or posters Click image for the full-size [...]

Bowtie template

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This template shows a Bowtie Click image for the full-size template Decorate the bowtie with paints, crayons, coloured pencils.  Talk about the colour, patterns – dotted, striped, etc. Related skills: language, fine motor. Discussion Topics: Who wears bowties? Magicians? Entertainers? Men? Clowns? Do you or any of your toys wear bowties? Template copyright

Pizza templates to decorate and colour

Three pizza templates – blank to draw or glue on your own ingredients, or ready-made to colour. Click image for the full-size template Click image for the full-size template Click image for the full-size template Related skills: fine motor, language Discussion Topics: Talk about pizzas and the different toppings you can put on them. What [...]

Platypus

The platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) live in burrows beside rivers and lakes in Australia.

Caterpillar

A caterpillar in two parts to colour and cut Click image for the full-size template Related skills: fine motor, language Discussion Topics: Caterpillars come in lots of shapes and sizes. Do you have caterpillars in your garden? What are they eating? Colour the template.

Kangaroo

This template shows a kangaroo. Click image for the full-size template Related skills: fine motor, gross motor, language Discussion Topics: Colour the template. Talk about kangaroo and where they are found. Kangaroos are marsupials. They keep their babies in their pouch. Kangaroos are popular characters for children’s books and toys. Kangaroo Books and Toys ToysOnline [...]

Crab Template

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This template shows a crab. Click image for the full-size template Related skills: fine motor, gross motor, language Discussion Topics: Colour the template. Talk about crabs and where they are found. Talk about eating crabs and what they taste like. Pretend to be a crab. Walk or crawl like a crab. Make pincer movements with [...]

Crocodile

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This template shows a crocodile. Click image for the full-size template Related skills: fine motor, gross motor, language Discussion Topics: Colour the template. Talk about crocodiles and where they are found. Talk about safety and the need to respect wild animals. Pretend to be a crocodile using your arms to imitate the jaws. Find out [...]

Clothing – socks

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Here is a pair of socks – colour and make your own designs. Click image for the full-size template Related skills: fine motor, language Discussion Topics: Colour the templates. Talk about all the different types of socks we have. Do you always wear matching socks?  Do you care if they match and how? Matching colours? [...]

Activity Idea: Christmas Santa with hinged arms and legs.

This Santa has hinged arms and legs. Click image for the full-size template Instructions: You will need A4 paper or cardColouring pencils or crayonsScissorsHole or Eyelet PunchStuds for paper (split and fold out) Method: Print the Santa above (click on the image to get the template) Colour in Santa Cut Santa out Punch holes on [...]

Christmas: Santa and Christmas templates

Here are some templates for Christmas: Santa, a Santa bear, toy sack, Santa’s sleigh, and Rudolf.  There is also a slight template and a matching join-the-dots sleigh. Click image for the full-size template Click image for the full-size template Click image for the full-size template Click image for the full-size template Click image for the [...]

Cheese

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This template shows three different types of cheese. Click image for the full-size template Related skills: fine motor, language Discussion Topics: Colour the template. Talk about the different shapes and types of cheeses. What is your favourite? Cheese is usually made from the milk of cows, but can be made from milk from goats, sheep [...]

Bread

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This template shows three different types of bread Click image for the full-size template Related skills: fine motor, language Discussion Topics: Colour the template. Talk about the different shapes and types of breads.There are many names for shapes of breads – including loaf, cob, roll, bap, baguette. Do you like wholemeal, white, sourdough and other [...]

Kitchen Appliances

The templates are of appliances found in the kitchen – a microwave, stove or cooker, refrigerator, and kettle. Click image for the full-size template Click image for the full-size template Click image for the full-size template Click image for the full-size template Related skills: fine motor, language Discussion Topics: Colour the template. Discuss how we [...]

Computer and Keyboards

These templates are of computers and including keyboards for colouring, writing letters on keypads and practice typing Click image for the full-size template Click image for the full-size template Click image for the full-size template Click image for the full-size template Click image for the full-size template Related skills: fine motor, language Discussion Topics: Colour [...]

Sweets, Candy, Lollies

Sweets, Candy, Lollies – this template can be used for coloring, but the wrapper has been left blank so children can choose patterns and colours.

Dad & Daddy

Template of the words Dad and Daddy. Click image for the full-size template Click image for the full-size template Related skills: fine motor, language Discussion Topics: Colour the template. Use these templates for Father’s Day or birthdays. What do you call your Dad?  Can you think of other words that people call their fathers?

Dancing Shoes

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Template of dancing shoes to colour. Click image for the full-size template Related skills: fine motor, language Discussion Topics: Colour the template. Do you like dancing? This template shows some dancing shoes and musical notes. What is different about dancing shoes?

Sports equipment

These templates show a variety of sports equipment. Click image for the full-size template Click image for the full-size template Click image for the full-size template Click image for the full-size template Related skills: fine motor, language Discussion Topics: Colour the template. Which sport uses each of the items in the drawing? The sports cup [...]

Apple Pie

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Template showing whole apple pie, a cut piece and an apple. Click image for the full-size template Related skills: fine motor, language Discussion Topics: Colour the template. Do you like apple pie? What other fruits can you put in a pie?

Theatrical Masks

Template showing theatrical masks. Click image for the full-size template Related skills: fine motor, language Discussion Topics: Colour the template. Talk about acting and pretending to be someone else. Can you make some masks? Have you seen some actors on a stage?

Alphabet Cards

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These cards can be used for coloring, games, spelling and more! Simply print out the templates (card stock works best) and cut along the dotted lines. Click image for the full-size template Click image for the full-size template Click image for the full-size template Click image for the full-size template Click image for the full-size [...]

Shoes

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Templates with different types of shoes – lace-ups, high heels, thongs/flipflops… Click image for the full-size template Click image for the full-size template Click image for the full-size template Related skills: fine motor, language Discussion Topics: Colour the templates. How many different pairs of shoes do you have?  Which shoes do you wear to different [...]

Skirt

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Template of a skirt to colour plain or draw a pattern. Click image for the full-size template Related skills: fine motor, language Discussion Topics: Colour the template. Do you wear a skirt? Don’t forget to include kilts and other skirts worn in different cultures.

Snake

One template of a snake to colour and one to connect the dots Click image for the full-size template Click image for the full-size template Related skills: fine motor, language Discussion Topics: Colour the snake and connect the dots. Talk about snakes, where they live, the part they play in nature, and safety.

Balls

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Volleyball and Soccerball. Click image for the full-size template Click image for the full-size template Click image for the full-size template Click image for the full-size template Related skills: fine motor, language Discussion: Talk about the different balls used in different sports. They are different sizes, made of different materials, some are different shapes and [...]

Veterinarian

Cat and dog with Vet’s sign, syringe and stethoscope – all ready to see the vet! Click image for the full-size template Related skills: fine motor, language Discussion Topics: Colour the template. Do you have pets?  Have you taken them to see the vet? Veterinarians diagnose and treat sickness, disease and injury in all types of [...]

T-shirt

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Add a design, then colour this t-shirt. Click image for the full-size template Related skills: fine motor, language Discussion Topics: Colour the template. Talk about the designs you make. You could do special designs for Christmas, birthday or other occasions.

Tree

Colour this tree and its surroundings. You could draw animals or children playing underneath. Click image for the full-size template Related skills: fine motor, language Discussion Topics: Colour the template. Talk about trees and their importance. What animals need trees? Do you have a favourite tree in your garden or in the park? Talk about [...]

Tulips

Tulips – single or set of three Click image for the full-size template Click image for the full-size template Related skills: fine motor, language Discussion Topics: Colour the tulips – red, yellow, pink? You could use these to make Happy Mother’s Day decorations. Have you seen tulips growing in a garden. They grow in cold [...]