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.

Farm Animals

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Here are some templates of farm animals – a cow, horse and join-the-dots horse. 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 different farm animals, their shapes and sizes and where they live. Related Templates: Farmyard [...]

Chinese Lanterns

Print the page, decorate, and fold in half lengthwise to make a Chinese Lantern. Click image for the full-size template Related skills: fine motor, language Instructions: Print the page, decorate, and fold in half lengthwise to make a Chinese Lantern. Cut from fold along dotted lines. Fold edges back lightly to crease, then straighten. Roll [...]

Chocolate

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Template of a chocolate bar Click image for the full-size template Related skills: fine motor, language Discussion Topics: Colour the template. Do you like chocolate?  When do you have it? How often should you eat it? Talk about health aspects, food as treats, cleaning teeth.

Sports Coach – Cap, whistle and megaphone

Template of a cap with COACH on the front, a whistle and a megaphone Click image for the full-size template Related skills: fine motor, language Discussion Topics: Colour the template. Talk about sports and the part coaches play.  How do you feel about them? Some people like having a coach, others don’t. What do you [...]

Birds

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Here are some templates of birds to colour including a kookaburra, cockatoo and ibis. 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: Talk about different bird, their shapes and sizes and where [...]

Candy Canes

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A candy cane for coloring and a stripeless candy cane that children can decorate and color. The same templates are also available as colour-by-number activities for older children. 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 [...]

Car

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Interested in cars? This blank template of a car is perfect for coloring/designing your very own Click image for the full-size template Click image for the full-size templateClick image for the full-size template Related skills: fine motor, language Discussion Topics: What colour is your car? Colour this car the same – or in your own [...]

Planes – large and small

Interested in planes? Here is a template for a passenger jet and a small plane with a single propeller. Click image for the full-size template Click image for the full-size template Related skills: fine motor, language Discussion Topics: What colour are the planes you see? Colour these planes the same – or in your own [...]

Bus

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Interested in buses? This blank template of a bus is perfect for coloring/designing your very own Click image for the full-size template Related skills: fine motor, language Discussion Topics: What colour are your local buses? Colour this bus the same – or in your own colours. Talk about the parts of the bus – where [...]

Fruit

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These templates have a variety of fruit. 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 Click image for the full-size template Click image for the full-size template Click image for the full-size template [...]

Vegetables

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These templates have a variety of vegetables.

Bicycle

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Here are two bicycle templates. Click image for the full-size template Click image for the full-size template Related skills: fine motor, language Discussion Topics: Decorate the bicycles. Talk about different sizes and style of bicycles.  Who in your family rides a bike? Talk about how riding sometimes is better for you and the environment than [...]

Farm

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This is a template of a farm scene with barn and vegetable beds Click image for the full-size template Related skills: fine motor, language Discussion Topics: Colour in the pictures. You can add some chickens, ducks, cows or other animals. Talk about the different crops that are grown on farms – and chickens and animals. [...]

Cupcake

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This is a template of a cupcake Click image for the full-size template Related skills: fine motor, language Discussion Topics: Decorate the cupcake and its wrapper. Make some cupcakes together… or just get some cupcake wrappers and pretend. Why do you think they are called cupcakes?

Cooking

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These templates are for cooking and baking. 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 who cooks in your family, who cooks as a job and television chefs. Talk about safety when using cooking equipment and sharp knives and [...]

Teddy Bear

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This is a teddy bear template with corresponding color-by-number template in two versions: “easy” and “hard”. 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. This activity helps with number recognition and the abstract idea of [...]

Penguin

This is  a penguin template with corresponding color-by-number template in two versions: “easy” and “hard”. 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. This activity helps with number recognition and the abstract idea of using [...]

Christmas Trees

Christmas tree templates, blank and decorated so that you can draw them just the way you like them!  Plus a join the dots and maze. 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, maths [...]

Chutes and Ladders

This template is a variation on the Snakes and Ladders game. This is a easy, fun game for children and families to play together. Included in the PDF version (downloadable here for members) are instructions on how to play. Click image for the full-size template Related skills: fine motor, language, maths Discussion Topics: Print on [...]

Artist’s Tools – Palette and Easel

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These templates are of an artist’s tools – the easel, palette and paintbrush 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 templates.  Talk about art and artists. Do you know [...]

Dogs

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The faces of these three dog templates have been left blank so that you can draw them just the way you like them! 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. Talk about dogs, different [...]

Cats

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Here are a range of templates of cats – cute cats and a Halloween black cat 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 templates. Talk about cats, different types, [...]

Shape Matching Cards

These shape matching cards can be used for matching games, memory games, to practice vocabulary and more! Color them before playing or play with them as is. Click image for the full-size template Click image for the full-size template Related skills: fine motor, language, spatial Discussion Topics: Name the different shapes.  You can also write [...]

Fruit & Vegetable Matching Cards

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These fruit and vegetable matching cards can be used for matching games, memory games, to practice vocabulary and more! Color them before playing or play with them as is. 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 [...]

Animal Matching Cards

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These animal matching cards can be used for matching games, memory games, to practice vocabulary and more! Color them before playing or play with them as is. 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, [...]

Make your own calendar

Use this template to make a calendar for one month, or print twelves and make a calendar for a who year. These make great personalised gifts. Click image for the full-size template Related skills: fine motor, language, maths Discussion Topics: Decide which month you are going to make and write the dates in the box [...]

Butterfly Templates

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Here are a range of templates for butterflies – plain and with patterns 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 Click image for the full-size template Click image for the full-size template [...]

Camping – campsite, tent and campfire

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These template shows a campsite with tent, logs, fire and trees with a close up of the fire in the second template. Click image for the full-size template Click image for the full-size template Related skills: fine motor, gross motor, language Discussion Topics: Colour the templates and talk about camping, the food you take when [...]

Witch

This template shows a witch flying on a broomstick in front of a full moon – a fun coloring activity for older children on Halloween. Click image for the full-size template Related skills: fine motor, language Discussion Topics: Witches feature in lots of stories – good witches and bad witches. Template created by and copyright [...]

Number – 7

This template shows the Number 7 Click image for the full-size template Related skills: fine motor, maths Discussion Topics: What’s special about 7? 7 is a prime number. That means that you can’t divide it evenly by anything other than 1 and itself. Template created by and copyright : gayled

Number – 6

This template shows the Number 6 Click image for the full-size template Related skills: fine motor, maths Discussion Topics: What’s special about 6? If you turn it around it looks like a nine. You can divide it by 2 and also by 3. Template created by and copyright : gayled

Number – 0

This template shows Number – 0, zero or nought. Click image for the full-size template Related skills: fine motor, language, maths, spatial Discussion Topics: Zero is a special number. How could we count or measure distance if there was no zero? Template created by and copyright : gayled

Headstone

This template shows a headstone with a cat, bats and a full moon perfect for Halloween. Click image for the full-size template Related skills: fine motor Discussion Topics: Template created by and copyright : nighstar mayfair

Spider

This template shows a spider. Draw on patterns and color this large, blank spider for Halloween or any time of the year. Click image for the full-size template Related skills: fine motor, gross motor, language Discussion Topics: Spiders play an important part in nature. They come in different shapes and sizes. Do you have spiders [...]

Pumpkin & Pumpkin Pie

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This template shows a Pumpkin Pie. Pumpkin pie is a traditional desert in America on Halloween and Thanksgiving. This template includes a whole pie, a slice and a pumpkin.   Click image for the full-size template Related skills: fine motor, language Discussion Topics:  You could make a real pumpkin pie. You could also talk about [...]

Pin the tail on the black cat

These templates make a Pin the Tail on the Black Cat – a good game for Halloween or spooky birthday parties.   Click image for the full-size template Click image for the full-size template See more cat templates here

Jack-o-Lantern Mazes

Three mazes within a Jack-o-Lantern for Halloween, easy, medium and hard. Can you get from start to finish? This template shows Jack-o-Lantern Maze (Easy) Click image for the full-size template This template shows Jack-o-Lantern Maze (Medium) Click image for the full-size template This template shows Jack-o-Lantern Maze (Hard) Click image for the full-size template Related [...]

Hand Turkey – from a hand outline

Making turkeys out of hand outlines is a popular Thanksgiving activity in America. You can use an outline of your own hand or this template. Click image for the full-size template Related skills: Discussion Topics: fine motor, language, spatial Template created by and copyright : nighstar mayfair You can also get a pdf version (2 [...]

Halloween Bingo

This is a Halloween version of the popular game. Bingo is a game of chance which means that everyone has a good chance of being the first to shout “BINGO!”  The game provides practice for matching and is a fun way to encourage concentration. Halloween Bingo – Preparation Print a different bingo card for each [...]

Notebook

This template shows a notebook Click image for the full-size template Related skills: fine motor, language Discussion Topics: People keep notebooks to help them remember ideas, stories and events.  Notebooks come in different sizes and thicknesses. Policeman have a notebook. Do you? What could you record in your notebook? Template created by and copyright : [...]

Glue

This template shows glue Click image for the full-size template Related skills: fine motor, language Discussion Topics: This shows a glue stick and a bottle of glue. How many different types of glue can you think of. How to you apply or spread them? Are some glues safer than others? Builders and artists can use [...]

Eraser

This template shows an eraser Click image for the full-size template Related skills: Fine motor Discussion Topics: Erasers rub out some things, like pencil, but not inks. Eraser comes from the word erase. Some people also call them rubbers. What do you call them? Can you colour in a block with a pencil and erase [...]

Box of Crayons

This template shows a box of crayons with some loose crayons Click image for the full-size template Related skills: fine motor, language Discussion Topics: Will you use real crayons to colour in the drawing of the crayons? What’s different about drawing with crayons compared to pencils? Template created by and copyright : nighstar mayfair

Ibis

This template shows an Ibis – a wading birds with long legs and curved beak. Click image for the full-size template Related skills: Discussion Topics: Talk about how wading birds tend to have long legs. Template created by and copyright : nighstar mayfair

Ant

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This template shows an Ant to colour. Click image for the full-size template Related skills: fine motor Discussion Topics: Talk about where ants are in your house or garden, where they like to build nests, the role they play in nature, how they respond to rain, how children should be careful not to disturb them. [...]

Australian Water Dragon

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This template shows an Australian Water Dragon Click image for the full-size template Related skills: fine motor Discussion Topics: Australian Water Dragons are common along the east coast of Australia.   Have you seen water dragons? You can see lots of water dragons at places like the Brisbane Botanic Gardens. Template created by and copyright : [...]

Number – 3

This template shows Number – 3 Click image for the full-size template Related skills: fine motor, language, maths Discussion Topics: What’s special about this number? Can you think of related words to one? Third, triple… What is a shape with three sides called? Template created by and copyright : gayled

Number – 2

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This template shows Number – 2 Click image for the full-size template Related skills: fine motor, language, maths Discussion Topics: What’s special about number 2? Can you think of related words to one? Second, twice, double… Where do you see the number 2?  On a birthday candle? On the television remote? On a telephone or [...]

Number – 1

This template shows Number – 1 Click image for the full-size template Related skills: fine motor, language, maths Discussion Topics: What’s special about this number? It’s symmetrical. Can you think of related words to one? Single, first, only, once,… What about I and me? Template created by and copyright : gayled

Number & Math Cards

These cards can be used to practice numbers or math as mathematical symbols have been included. Simply print the templates (card stock works best) and cut along the dotted lines. Combine various numbers to make larger numbers (ie. 1 + 0 = 10; 2 + 5 = 25). For numbers with 3 or more digits [...]

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