Wednesday, June 19, 2019

FREE 4th of July Printables!

It feels like Summer just began, but the 4th of July is already 2 weeks away! Whether you are hosting a BBQ, attending a party or going camping, there is often a lot of planning to do for the holiday! Because our one-page holiday planners have been such a big hit, we decided to create one for the 4th of July to keep the set going!


Between sparklers/fireworks, bug spray & sunscreen, food and party decor, there is a LOT to shop for! But before you start that shopping list, be sure to decide what decor you need, what things you would like to make (projects, crafts, recipes, etc) and then jot down your party menu. Are you planning for guests or bringing a dish to pass? If your holiday is low key, use the menu planning space for any fun treats you want to try (we want ALL of these patriotic desserts). And finally, be sure to jot down all of your holiday plans, such as where and when you will be viewing fireworks, watching a parade, attending an event, etc. 

This page is certainly cute enough to hang on your fridge, or you can add it to your planner! It comes in all 3 planner sizes that you can download for free today!


And while you are busy downloading and printing, check out our fun 4th of July Treat Tags! Perfect for cupcakes, cake pops, snack bags and more!


We hope you have a wonderful holiday! God Bless America!

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We would love for you to share our Free Printables with your friends and family, but we ask that you PLEASE link to this blog post and not to the downloads directly. These printables are free to download and use for personal use, but they MAY NOT BE EDITED, SOLD OR PRINTED FOR RESALE in any way. If you have questions about these printables and how they may be used, please contact us :) Thank you!

Saturday, May 18, 2019

FREE Summer Printables For Adults and Kids

We've got SUMMER on the brain over here at ThePolkaDotPosie! Our camper is coming out of storage, summer trips are being booked and Summer Camp catalogs have been arriving in the mail. It may not feel like summer around here yet, but that doesn't mean it's too early to start planning with our fun Summer Printables!!



Our Summer Holidays list has been a big hit for kids and adults, so we made sure to keep that in our set. In addition to Father's Day and the 4th of July, our list covers holidays like National S'mores Day and Honey Bee Awareness Day. As you will see, there is something to celebrate every day of the summer!

The next printable in our set is the Summer Bucket List. This is such a fun worksheet to fill out together as a family. Use the top line to write your summer goal, such as, "This Summer we will spend more time outdoors!" or "This Summer we will take the trip!" Next, list out the things you would like to make and do, as well as the adventures you would like to take. Those adventures could be a bike ride to the park, a campout in the woods, a trip to the zoo, or a road trip to the beach! And finally, make a list of the books you would like to read and the great summer movies you would like to see. If you are looking for some book ideas, be sure to check out our Facebook page. We have a great list going from World Book Day!

After you've made your Summer Bucket List, check out the Summer Schedule docket. You can use this to plan meals, weekly camps or activities, babysitter schedule, errands, to-do list and more! Print multiple copies for your planner, or print one copy and laminate it for your fridge or family bulletin board!

Finally, be sure to print out our NEW Summer Reading Log! After many requests for this printable, we thought it was finally time to add it to the set. Print out a copy for each member of your family and track the books you read and give them a star rating! We kept this printable simple so that adults and kids can use it! We have a great book list going on our Facebook page, but feel free to comment below if you have a great book to recommend!

To download this Free Summer Printable Set, click the size below:


Las year, in addition to these great summer freebies, we had a lot of requests for a more detailed Summer Schedule for kids, especially one that offers weekly theme activity days, a blank daily routine checklist that can be personalized for each child AND a screen time menu so kids have to EARN their minutes each day.

We thought these were GREAT ideas and so, we wrapped them all into one useful Summer Schedule printable!!!


Trying to decide which themes to do for our weekday activities was a lot of fun, and while we had some clever topics, we thought the following themes were the easiest to follow and make your own.

MAKE IT MONDAY: This is personally my favorite day of the week because I love a good craft project. If you need some inspiration for projects or ideas, I love Easy, Peasy & Fun and she has a ton of great projects and free printables for kids. 

TIDY UP TUESDAY: I know this theme doesn't scream FUN, but its a necessity around here. I like having one project a week that we can concentrate on together, whether it's yard work, closets, filling a donation box of toys, changing sheets, etc. 

{Side note: If you are looking for some organization inspiration, I am just starting a new book called "Cluttered Mess to Organized Success" by Cassandra Aarssen and I think this is going to be a game changer!! Check it out here.}

WHATEVER WEDNESDAY: I will give all credit to my daughter Addie for this theme. Whatever Wednesday should be just that...whatever you want! In our house, we will all get to take turns choosing that day's activity, but you can personalize this theme any way you want! And don't forget to check on that day's Holiday from our Summer Holidays list. I believe National Ice Cream Soda days falls on a Wednesday :)

THOUGHTFUL THURSDAY: I've seen this theme on many other summer calendars and I love it so much!! The first thing the kids want to do this summer is paint and hide kindness rocks, but we also found lots of great ideas on this list of 100 Acts of Kindness for Kids from Coffee Cups & Crayons.

FUNDAY FRIDAY: Okay, maybe this is my favorite day of the week :) Funday Friday should be all about FUN! Use this day to check something off your Summer Bucket List, take a trip to the beach or zoo, organize a neighborhood baseball game, or have a family movie & game night. 

In addition to filling out your weekly themed activities, decide on your child's daily routine checklist. As you can see in our sample, our daily checklist is pretty simple. The kids need to get up each morning and get themselves dressed, brush teeth, make their bed, put away any laundry that is in their room and tidy up a bit. The great thing about printing out a schedule for each child is that you can customize their list for their age and/or responsibilities. You can also add any other daily chores to this list if you don't want to use them as a screen time incentive.

And speaking of SCREEN TIME, let's talk about how this section of the schedule works. We compiled a list of the most common screen-time-earning activities, such as reading, studying (in the form of a workbook, tutor, educational website/app, etc.), building something, making something, writing or journaling, helping around the house (beyond normal chores), exercising, playing outside, etc. We also left two blank spaces that you can fill in with other incentives, such as walking a family dog or practicing an instrument. Each activity earns 15 minutes of screen time, but when it comes to the length of time on each activity, that is entirely up to you!

CUSTOMIZING BEFORE PRINTING: Many customers ask if there is a way to customize our printable before printing, and there is! To add in your weekly theme activities and daily routine checklist, just open our Summer Schedule PDF in Adobe Reader and click on "Fill and Sign". This will create a text box on the printable and you can access all the fonts and colors on your computer. Just place a text box over each area you want to enter text and then you can save and print! Easy peasy.

MONEY SAVING TIP: If you want to save some money and ink with our new Summer Schedule, we highly recommend printing a copy for each child and then laminating it (or putting it in a frame with glass) so that you can use dry/wet erase markers all summer long! No editing and no wasted ink and paper!

We hope you find this new Summer Schedule helpful!! Download your copy {HERE}


We would love for you to share our Free Summer Printables with your friends and family, but we ask that you PLEASE link to this blog post and not to the downloads directly. These printables are free to download and use for personal use, but they MAY NOT BE EDITED, SOLD OR PRINTED FOR RESALE in any way. If you have questions about these printables and how they may be used, please contact us :) Thank you!

Monday, May 13, 2019

FREE {Printable} Last Day of School Signs!

Another school year has almost come and gone, but before we venture into the last few crazy weeks of May, I wanted share this year's Last Day of School Signs!



As always, we have Preschool - Senior year signs available for download and they are dated for the 2018-2019 year.

We really enjoy seeing all of your kiddos holding our signs, so if you would like to share with us on social media you can tag us @ThePolkaDotPosie or you can use the hashtag #thepolkadotposielastdayofschool

Stay tuned for a few more summer freebies this month!

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Get Ready for Teacher Appreciation Week!

I saw an interesting Facebook poll not to long ago that asked teachers what they really hope to receive during Teacher Appreciation Week. Many teachers responded that they didn't want anything at all...unless it was supplies for their classroom :) While we LOVE the idea of giving supplies and special handmade gifts to our teachers to acknowledge their hard work, we also know that teachers:

A. Spend a LOT of their own money for classroom necessities.
B. Love to be organized.
C. Require a lot of coffee

We also know that in the crazy month of May {or as we like to call it, the month of Cray}, Teacher Appreciation Week often sneaks up on us quickly. So if you are in the same boat as many other parents who want to acknowledge their wonderful teacher, but didn't get those special handmade gifts done or ordered, let us help you.

As a teacher myself, I know that Target, Amazon, iTunes and Coffee gift cards are a saving grace throughout the year, so we've put together these adorable, easy-to-print and assemble gift card boxes! You can download the entire set {HERE}. All you will need is a pair of scissors and a glue stick.


Next up, if you love word art as much as we do, you can download this FREE printable set {HERE} that you can frame for your teacher, or give along with a gift card. There are six quotes to choose from and they are sized for easy 4x6 printing. 


And finally, if your teacher loves to be organized and you want to give a gift that keeps on giving year after year, be sure to head over to our Printable Shop {HERE} and get this special offer for a Printable Teacher Planner! You purchase the set and we personalize a gift card that you can print and give to your teacher! Then we take care of the rest :) It's fast, easy and such a wonderful gift for a teacher that loves to plan.


We hopes these great, easy ideas help you pull together the perfect Teacher Appreciation Gift (even if it is last minute :) 

And to all the AMAZING teachers in our lives...thank you for all that you do!!


Saturday, March 30, 2019

FREE Easter Printables!

With Easter just around the corner, we wanted to make sure that you have everything planned and read for the Bunny's arrival with this new Printable Easter Planner Page!


As with all of our new one-page holiday planners, this printable gives you plenty of space to jot down the Easter Bunny's shopping list, plan your decor, list your projects, crafts and other things to make, AND plan your easter dinner menu and activities!

This printable is perfect for hanging on your fridge, or download one of three different planner sizes {HERE}


And while you are busy printing, check out these fun Easter lunch box notes and download them {HERE}!



We hope you enjoy these freebies! Have a wonderful Easter! 

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A FRIENDLY REMINDER



Please feel free to share the link to our shop blog with all of our Easter goodies, but PLEASE do not link to the downloads directly. These printables are free to download for personal use, but they MAY NOT BE EDITED, SOLD OR PRINTED FOR RESALE in any way. If you have questions about these printables and how they may be used, please contact us in our shop. If you like the beautiful cliparts used in many of these printables, they can be purchased from one of our favorite Etsy shops, © Erin Bradley Designs | erinbradleydesigns.etsy.com

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

It's Time for Spring Cleaning!

Is it just us, or were you worried that this winter would NEVER end??! Here in Illinois we aren't out of the woods yet (Mother Nature loves to give us an April snow shower), but tomorrow we could see temps as high as 70 and that is cause for some celebration and maybe even a little SPRING CLEANING!

 Decluttering is certainly a big part of Spring Cleaning, but so is the seasonal maintenance that needs to be done in and around your home. To help you with this process, we've put together two FREE Spring Cleaning printable to help you get started.


We created these fun Spring Cleaning printable a few years ago, and we are happy to see SO many people still pinning, printing and using them every year! A friend told me recently that the reason she loves using them is because it not only gives her a plan when the weather turns nice, but filling everything out makes her feel motivated to get stuff done. And isn't motivation half the battle when it comes to Spring Cleaning??

You will see that this set comes with two different lists. The first is a blank checklist that is perfect for jotting down specific tasks to do inside and outside your home. We recommend keeping this list in your planner of family binder all year long so you can jot down ideas as things break or need replacing.

The second printable is a more detailed checklist with seasonal tasks that have to be done every year. This list was inspired by my favorite cleaning queen, Martha Stewart. She was the first person to ever suggest that I wash and store my winter linens as a seasonal task but I have to tell ya...I feel SO accomplished when I check that item off my list each Spring :)

As always, these printable come in 3 planner sizes and you can download them all {HERE}.

We hope you enjoy using them!!

Friday, March 1, 2019

Free St. Patrick's Day Printables!

Hello, March! It is so nice to see the word SPRING on the calendar and I only hope Mother Nature gets the message SOON :)

While we wait for the sunshine, it's time to start planning for St. Patrick's Day! Does the Leprechaun visit your home or classroom? Do you have a Pinterest board full of fun St. Patrick's day crafts and activities? Do you plan a special meal every year (my hubby can't live without his corned beef and cabbage)? Our newest one-page holiday planner will help you organize all of that and more!


You can download this fun printable in all three planner sizes {HERE}.

Decorating for St. Patrick's Day always seems a bit rushed with Easter right behind, so if you aren't looking to spend a lot of money on decor, but still want something to hang in your home, checkout our free printable shamrock bunting!!


This banner is SUPER easy to print and assemble. Just download this bunting page {HERE} and you will see that there are two bunting pieces per 8.5 x 11" sheet. 

* Print as many as you need for the length banner you desire. 
* Cut out your bunting pieces with scissors or a paper cutter.
* Punch holes in the corners of each bunting piece.
* String all pieces together with twine or ribbon.

And that's it!!! Cute, inexpensive decor you can make at home.

And while you are busy printing, check out these fun St. Patrick's Day lunch box notes and download them {HERE}!


We hope you enjoy these freebies and be sure to visit us again later this month when we share our Easter planner page and goodies! 

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A FRIENDLY REMINDER

Please feel free to share the link to our shop blog with all of our St. Patrick's Day goodies, but PLEASE do not link to the downloads directly. These printables are free to download for personal use, but they MAY NOT BE EDITED, SOLD OR PRINTED FOR RESALE in any way. If you have questions about these printables and how they may be used, please contact us in our shop. If you like the beautiful cliparts used in many of these printables, they can be purchased from one of our favorite Etsy shops, © Erin Bradley Designs | erinbradleydesigns.etsy.com

Thursday, January 31, 2019

NEW Valentine's Day Printables!

Thanks to the Polar Vortex, we've got major cabin fever here in the Midwest! Thankfully, tomorrow is February 1st which means we are one month closer to SPRING!!!

But to help you pass the time indoors on this chilly Thursday, we've got two NEW Valentine's Day printables we think you are going to love.

First up, for all of our planner lovers, we are staring a new freebie series this year! In 2019, we want to create a new one-page planner for ALL of our favorite holidays and annual events. We will share them here on our blog, as well as on our Facebook & Instagram pages, so be sure to follow along!

First up, we have our new Valentine Planner!


This fun page has everything you need to plan the basics, like cards to send (or pass out in school), decor, things you want to make, gifts you need to buy, etc. We also have plenty of space for writing your Valentine's Day plans & menu! This page will come in all three of our planner sizes, and you can download each of them {HERE}.

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While scrolling through Facebook this week (during one of our many snow days), I saw an awesome Valentine's Day tradition that I am excited to try this year. The idea is simple...you write little love notes on paper hearts and stick them to your kids' doors on the days or weeks leading up to Valentine's Day! While it is perfectly easy to cut out your own hearts out of construction paper, we wanted to make the project a little more fun (and easy)!



Our printable set comes with a cute sign to hang on the door so that your kiddos know to expect new hearts every day! We also included a space where you can sign who the notes are from. That way, you can include mommies, daddies and/or siblings in on the fun!

The set also comes with 5 sheets of pre-filled hearts, and a sheet of blank hearts so you can write your own personal notes. You can download everything {HERE} All you need is a printer and a pair of scissors and you are ready to go! 

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Once you start to fill out your Valentine Planner, you will almost immediately remember one of the most time consuming tasks of Valentine's Day

CLASSROOM CARDS

With all the extra time some of us have to spare in the house this week, why not try printing your own? Our bubble Valentine Cards have been a huge hit the last two years, and you can check them out and download your FREE set {HERE}. 


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And finally, one of our ALL TIME favorite Valentine's Printables...



Even my 5th grader still loves getting notes in her lunch box, and these little Valentine Lunch Box notes are the perfect little "I love you" to send with them each day.
And while you are at it, you can download ALL of our Lunch Box notes {HERE} and prepare for the holidays to come :) 

We hope you all have a magical Valentine's Day!!