If you had told me back when I was a kid with no virgin pages left in my colouring books—and all of my word searches solved with no hope of a shopping trip on the horizon to replenish my stash of activity books—that one day my kids would be able to instantly access absolutely any colouring sheet or puzzle imaginable and have it appear in a flash out of a printer in their basement, you would’ve blown my mind. (Don’t even get me started on being able to rewind television.)
Remember when printers used reams of paper with those perforated borders that fed the sheets through? And when ink came on RIBBONS? And … THERE WAS NO INTERNET?
Yup. My parents walked uphill both ways in ten feet of snow to get to school … and I survived without the magic of free internet printables. Now that I’ve got four kids home with me for the summer, the internet printable is where I turn to keep the two big kids quietly engaged while I get the twins down for a nap.
And as you know, I’m very environmentally conscious. If we don’t print on both sides of the page, I reuse the finished activity sheets and colouring pages as scrap paper. I save one-sided letters and admail we receive to print on the blank side.
As for ink cartridges, I like them recycled. On my favourite street in my former home of Montreal (rue St-Denis), sits check out Certified Cartridges, your Canadian, green alternative to pricey ink cartridges at big box stores. Free shipping for orders over $49 and you’ve got affordable ink at your door for all your free printables needs!
To start you off, here’s a printable for your kids, courtesy of our cartridge-recycling friends at Certified Cartridges:
Our Favourite Free Printables Websites
Ever notice that when you search for a printable colouring sheet for your kids you somehow wind up on a sketchy looking site full of pop-up ads and a maze of links to click before you actually get to the picture of Pikachu you want to print out? These five sites aren’t janky and ARE chock-full of boredom busters for quiet play at your kitchen table.
All their favourite characters, all in one place. No sketchy pop-up ads. (They also have Adult Colouring pages! And “Adult Colouring” always makes me imagine something different than what it actually is …)
Why did they take Octonauts off of Canadian Netflix?! Get your fix of Captain Barnacles and his crew here.
I recently listened to a great Part-Time Genius podcast about the history of Nickelodeon. Not having had the channel as a kid, I don’t think I knew how influential it was! Listen to it in peace while your kids colour their favourite pups.
My son is almost 6 and he loves doing mazes. These packages of mazes increase in difficulty and the PDF files contain a bunch of puzzles so you can hit print once and have a whole booklet for a road trip or for your quiet time busy book.
This summer I want to help Cub with his English reading skills, and these sight-word word search packs are the perfect tool.
I’m a total CBC junkie, and their kid content is top-notch, just like the radio shows (many of which are currently torturing me by playing re-runs for the summer). I love their seasonal scavenger hunts: they really motivate my oldest to go for a walk when he’d rather play Nintendo.
If your kids love printables, check out Certified Cartridges to save some cash and create less waste!