October Special Days Volume 1 Resource Page

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Oct. 1 Model T Ford introduced 1908
Funschooling & Recreational Learning: Ford’s Model T
 
Oct. 2 Farm Animals Day
 
Oct. 3 SOS (distress code) established 1906
Funschooling & Recreational Learning: SOS
 
Oct. 4 Cinnamon Roll Day
Oct. 5 Physicist Robert Hutchings Goddard born 1882
Funschooling & Recreational Learning: Robert Hutchings Goddard
 
Oct. 6 Mad Hatter Day
Alice In Wonderland: Mad Tea Party Ideas and Games
 
Oct. 7 Physicist Niels Bohrs born 1885
Funschooling & Recreational Learning: Niels Bohrs
 
Oct. 8 Face Your Fears Day
How Stuff Works: Inside the Mind – How Fear Works
 
Oct. 9 Chess Day
Funschooling & Recreational Learning: Chess
 
Oct. 10 Cake Decorating Day
 
Oct. 11 Apollo 7 Launched 1968
Funschooling & Recreational Learning: Apollo 7
 
Oct. 12
Cookbook Launch Day
 
Oct. 13 US Navy Established 1775
Funschooling & Recreational Learning: US Navy
 
Oct. 14 President Dwight D. Eisenhower Born 1890
Still Learning Something New: Resources for Presidents
 
Oct. 15 I Love Lucy Premier 1951
Funschooling & Recreational Learning: I Love Lucy
 
Oct. 16
Noah Webster born 1758/Dictionary Day/Learn A Word Day
Funschooling & Recreational Learning: Words Within Words
 
Oct. 17 Author Arthur Miller born 1915
Funschooling & Recreational Learning: Arthur Miller
Still Learning Something New: Salem Witch Trials
 
Oct. 18 Alternative Fuel Day
Funschooling & Recreational Learning: Experiments You Can Do With The Sun
National Renewable Energy Laboratory: Learning About Renewable Energy
 
Oct. 19 Author/Illustrator Ed Emberly born 1931
Funschooling & Recreational Learning: Ed Emberly
 
Oct. 20 Monster Mash Day
Funschooling & Recreational Learning: Monster Mash
Still Learning Something New: Monsters!
 
Autumn Leaves
Funschooling & Recreational Learning: Fall Leaves
 
Oct. 21 Apple Day
Funschooling & Recreational Learning: Apple Research Project
 
Oct. 22 Daniel Boone born 1734
Still Learning Something New: Daniel Boone
 
Oct. 23 Mole Day
ACS: Chemistry for Life: Mole Day
 
Oct. 24 Food Day
PBS: Videos – What Do Animals Eat?
Oct. 25 Magic Week begins
Funschooling & Recreational Learning: Magic Tricks Resource Page
 
Oct. 26 Red Cross Founded 1836
 
Oct. 27 Tell A Story Day
Funschooling & Recreational Learning: Tell A Story
 
Oct. 28 Statue of Liberty dedicated 1886
 
Oct. 29 Cat Day
Funschooling & Recreational Learning: Domesticated Cats Resource Page
 
Oct. 30 Candy Corn Day
National Confectioners Association: Candy Corn History, How is Candy Corn Made, Fun Facts
 
Oct. 31 All Hollows Eve/Halloween
Funschooling & Recreational Learning: Halloween & Pumpkins

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Fall Activities

The following activities can be found on FranW.com for the fall season. You will find posts for many fall related activities, holidays, events, and foods that can be found on this blog.
Fall


Fall Holidays & Events


Fall leaves

Fall & Leaf Activities


Autumn/Fall


Fall Equinox

Fall Holidays and Events


Leaf Identification Activities

Leaf Prints & Stencils

Colorful Leaf Rubbings

Leaf People & Creatures

Experiment: Chromatograph of Leaves


Leaf Hunting Activities

Halloween Related Activities
 

Halloween Activities

Halloween Resources

Scavenger Hunt

Trick or Treating

Jack ‘O Lantern

Trick or Treat Bag

Create Spooky Sound Story

Grave Stones

Masquerade Masks

Haunted House

Pumpkin Luminary

Ghosts:
Ghost Pops 

Paper Bag Ghost 

Ghost in the Graveyard Game

Balloon Ghost 

Recycled Ghost

Super Easy Ghost

Animals

Bats

Bat Resource Page

Black cats

Frog Research Project

Lizard Resource Page

Owls

Spiders

Wild Turkeys

Wolf Resources

Thanksgiving Related Activities

Thanksgiving

Balloon twist turkey

An Introduction to the Three Sisters

Three Sisters: Corn

Three Sisters: Beans

Three Sisters: Pumpkin

A Brand New World

Fall Cut-Outs

Harvest/Thanksgiving Lantern

Turkey Game and Activities

History of Thanksgiving

The Mayflower

Cornucopias

Seasonal & Fun Foods


Apple Resources

Apple Research Project

Sweet Potatoes

Cabbage

Peanuts

Oranges

Corn

Beans

Bean Resources

Three Sisters: Pumpkin

Peas

Corn Dogs

Popcorn Project

Marshmallows

Chocolate

Halloween Themed Pizza

Trick or Treating – Soul Cakes

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September Special Days Volume 1 Resource Page

The following resources have been provided to help with the ideas and suggestions in the:

September’s Special Days Activity Companion

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Etsy: September Special Day Activity Calendar

The following links will take you to a post on Funschooling and Recreational (FranW.com) Learning, Still Learning Something New, or to another site. Each is noted.

9/1 –  Emma M. Nutt Day
The A-Z of Manners & Etiquette: Telephone Etiquette
 
 9/2 – Great Fire of London – 1666
Funschooling and Recreational Learning: Great Fire of London
 
9/3 – Skyscraper Day
Still Learning Something New: Skyscraper Resource List
 
9/4 – Inventor Lewis Howard Latimer born 1848
Funschooling and Recreational LearningLewis Howard Latimer
 
9/5 – Cheese Pizza Day
Funschooling and Recreational Learning: Pizza Project Resource List
 
9/6 – Iguana Awareness Day
Funschooling and Recreational Learning: Lizard Resource Page
 
9/7 –  Grandma Moses Born 1860
Still Learning Something New: Grandma Moses Resource List
 
9/8 – Popcorn Festival Begins
Funschooling and Recreational LearningPopcorn Project
 
9/9 –  Teddy Bear Day
Kid Search: Teddy Bear Facts
 
9/10 – Sewing Machine Patented 1846
Funschooling and Recreational LearningSewing Machine
 
9/11 –  I Want My Own Business Day
 
9/12 – Video Game Day
Funschooling and Recreational LearningVideo Games
 
9/13 –  Author, Roald Dahl Born 1916
Still Learning Something New: Dahl Resource List
 
9/14 – Star Spangled Banner Composed by Francis Scott Key, 1814
Funschooling and Recreational LearningThe Star Spangled Banner
 
9/15 –  Make a Hat Day
iKat Bag: Cardboard Hat Patterns and Instructions
 
9/16 – Illusionist David Copperfield born 1956
Funschooling and Recreational Learning: Magic Tricks Resource Page
 
9/17 –  Constitution Day
Funschooling and Recreational Learning: U.S. Constitution Research Page
Still Learning Something New: Constitution Resource List
 
9/18 – Cheeseburger Day
National Day Calendar: National Cheeseburger Day
 
9/19 –  Talk Like a Pirate Day
Funschooling and Recreational Learning: Pirate Resource Page & Knots
Still Learning Something New: Pirate Resource List
 
9/20 – Artist Dale Chihuly born 1941
Funschooling and Recreational Learning: Dale Chihuly Resource Page
 
9/21 –  Banana Festival
LiveScience: Bananas: Health Benefits, Risks & Nutrition Facts
 
9/22 – Scientist Michael Faraday born 1791
Funschooling and Recreational Learning: Michael Faraday Resource Page
 
9/23 –  Neptune Discovered 1846
Planets for Kids: Planet Neptune Facts
 
9/24 – Jim Henson born 1936
Funschooling and Recreational Learning: The Jim Henson Resource Page
 
9/25 –  Poet, Author, Song Writer Shel Silverstein Born 1930
Shel Silverstein: Silverstein Biography and Resources
 
9/26 – Johnny Appleseed born 1774
Funschooling and Recreational Learning: Johnny Appleseed Resource Page
 
9/27  Rosetta Stone Deciphered 1822
 
Sept. 28 – Strawberry Cream Pie Day
Funschooling and Recreational Learning: Strawberry Craze
National Day Calendar: National Strawberry Cream Pie Day
 
9/29 –  Confucius Day
Funschooling and Recreational Learning: Chinese New Year
Quotations Page: Confucius Quotes
 
Activity Village: Traditional Chinese Games
 
9/30 – Hot Mulled Cider Day
Time & Date: Hot Mulled Cider Day

Food Network: Mulled Cran-Cider

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Halloween Origami

Origami Club: Halloween – Site offers a variety of origami projects to do including: Jack ‘O Lantern, Bat, Ghost, Witch, Skull, and others.

Origami Resource Center: Halloween – Site offers bats, ghosts, spiders, owls, pumpkins, cats and other items.

Activity Village: Halloween Origami – Bats, Broomsticks, Mummy, Witches hat and others.

Origami Instructions: Halloween Pumpkin Origami – This site offers this project and others. Look on the left side of the page and scroll down to Halloween to see the rest of the projects.

Origami-Make: How To Make Origami Halloween Models – This site offers some unique projects: A Tombstone, Cauldron, Coffin, Crow, Moon, and others.

Videos

To view the Playlist, click on the small arrow located on the top left hand corner of the video screen.


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When Nature Calls

Nature is calling, can you hear it?

Listen as the birds sing their sweet songs, breath in the wonderful fragrance of the flowers as they bloom bright and beautiful, and watch how full of life the trees are! When we hear nature calling us, we grab our things and go so that we can be part of it all.

What do we do?


We spend the day taking a closer look at what is going on around us by exploring and discovering what nature has to offer! We may take a trip to the ocean, visit a park, preserve or playground, or run right out into our own yard to do this. We never know what is going to inspire us, so we take along our nature backpack, filled with the items we like to use to explore and record our day.


The ‘Natural Curriculum’ Connection


Every activity that we do has educational value built right in to it, naturally. A short list of what some of those educational qualities are is offered for record keeping purposes. Since learning is such a personal thing for each person, please keep in mind that you can never know what is being learned at any given time by an individual.

Here are a few of the things we like to do when we go out:

– Walk and enjoy the day.(P.E./observation/health)

– Listen to and identify the sounds around us. (Auditory/observational skills)

– Find new areas to explore. (Geography/earth science)

– Observe nature by watching insects, birds, dolphins, and other creatures and by looking at flowers, plants, and trees. (Sci – botany, entomology, biology zoology/observation/identification)

– *Collect and examine items like leaves, shells, nuts, seeds, flowers and plants, sticks, rocks, etc.. (Sci – zoology, botany, biology, geology/observation/ Math – comparing, sorting)

– Draw or take pictures of the things we find interesting. (Science/Visual art/Observation)

– Catch butterflies in a net and release them when we are finished viewing them, or just watch them in action. (Sci – zoology, entomology, biology/Observation)

– Check out a bug with a magnifying glass. (Sci – zoology, entomology, biology/Observation)

– Look for animal tracks. (Sci – biology/Observation)

– Learn about what we see by checking our guide books. (LS – reading/research)

– Write about, draw, or video record the things we experience. (LS – writing, documentation, visual media)

– Go fishing. (We take a copy of our state’s regulations with us too.) (Sci – marine biology, physics, earth science/ Math – measurements – length and distance/SS – citizenship [obeying regulations])

– Observe and study the clouds. ( Sci – meteorology –nephology/Observation)

– Observe and talk about the weather. (Sci – meteorology, LS – Communication skills)

Blow bubbles. (Sci – meteorology – air current, physics, chemistry/ Math – geometry)

– Wonder (Critical thinking skills)

*If you are in a preserve, observe only! Do not pick anything up, move or take anything with you other than pictures.

When you walk around outside, it is a good idea to wear closed-toe shoes, long sleeves and long pants. A hat is good to have too!

Be careful of snakes while you are walking. Learn what to do if you encounter a snake.

Make sure you take water with you when you go out, and drink often.


The Handbook of Nature Study has some helpful hits for doing outdoor studies. 




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Fall Activities

 
The following activities can be found on FranW.com for the fall season. You will find posts for many fall related activities, holidays, events, and foods that can be found on this blog.
 
Fall


Fall Holidays & Events


Fall leaves

Fall & Leaf Activities


Autumn/Fall


Fall Equinox


Fall Holidays and Events


Leaf Identification Activities


Leaf Prints & Stencils


Colorful Leaf Rubbings


Leaf People & Creatures


Experiment: Chromatograph of Leaves


Leaf Hunting Activities


Halloween Related Activities
 

Halloween Activities

Halloween Resources



Scavenger Hunt
Trick or Treating
Jack ‘O Lantern
Trick or Treat Bag
Create Spooky Sound Story
Grave Stones
Masquerade Masks
Haunted House
Pumpkin Luminary

Animals

Bats

Black cats
Frog Research Project
Lizard Resource Page
Owls
Spiders
Wild Turkeys
Wolf Resources

Ghosts:
Ghost Pops 
Paper Bag Ghost 
Ghost in the Graveyard Game
Balloon Ghost 
Recycled Ghost
Super Easy Ghost

Thanksgiving Related Activities


Thanksgiving

Balloon twist turkey
An Introduction to the Three Sisters
Three Sisters: Corn
Three Sisters: Beans
Three Sisters: Pumpkin
A Brand New World
Fall Cut-Outs
Harvest/Thanksgiving Lantern
Turkey Game and Activities
History of Thanksgiving
The Mayflower
Cornucopias



Seasonal & Fun Foods


Apple Resources

Apple Research Project
Sweet Potatoes
Cabbage
Peanuts
Oranges
Corn
Beans
Bean Resources
Three Sisters: Pumpkin
Peas
Corn Dogs
Popcorn Project
Marshmallows
Chocolate
Halloween Themed Pizza
Trick or Treating – Soul Cakes

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Thanksgiving Activities

Thanksgiving Activities by Fran W.

Thanksgiving – Connect to all the activities under this label to see a picture and begin reading the activity.

Three Sister Mat

An Introduction to the Three Sisters – Learn about the Three Sisters, companion planting and make a craft that features the sisters that can be used as a placemat or centerpiece.

Three Sisters: Corn – The first sister – Learn the Native American word for corn, link to corn related activities and instructions for a delicious homemade cornbread.

Colonial Pumpkin Pie

Three Sisters: Beans – The second sister – Bean experiments, recipe: Mixed Bean Soup, links to other bean related resources.

Three Sisters: Pumpkin – The third sister – Learn how colonists made pumpkin pie right in the shell, ideas for adding a modern twist topping, and pumpkin related resources.

Apple Research Project – Where are apples grown around the world and how? The resources on this page will answer these questions and others. Plus you will find experiments and a recipe for apple cider that tastes like warm apple pie in a glass!

Popcorn Project – How much fluffy popcorn can you get from a tablespoon of kernels or a 1/4 c? This project has learning suggestions, volume experiments, some fun ways to enjoy the final product and learning resources.

Turkey Cut-out

Fall Cut-Outs – Decorate your windows or walls with a Thanksgiving or Harvest theme.

Harvest/Thanksgiving Lantern

A Brand New World – What would it be like to travel back in time to the first Thanksgiving? This activity offers guided questions to help you on your journey.

Harvest/Thanksgiving Lantern – Instructions for making a lantern with a Harvest or Thanksgiving theme. Makes a great centerpiece too!

Turkey Games and Activities

Turkey Game and Activities – Make a turkey container and play Thanksgiving related games with it. Template, instructions and suggestions include.

History of Thanksgiving – Make a Thanksgiving centerpiece of thanks, learn the history of the holiday and find links to Thanksgiving related resources.

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Family Turkey Keepsake

The Mayflower – Learn about the Mayflower’s journey, find Mayflower related resources and learn how to draw the Mayflower as a cartoon.

Wild Turkeys – Learn about wild turkeys, link to turkey resources and make a family turkey craft.

Balloon twist turkey – Learn how to make a turkey or a pumpkin with twist balloons. Scroll down to get to the activity.

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Apple Resources

Mixed Apples by Fran W.


General Information & Facts About Apples & Apple History



Vermont Apples

Washington Apples
Varieties of apples

Apples and More
University of Illinois – Apple facts

Nutritional Information about Apples

Whole Foods: Apples

Apple and Johnny Appleseed Crafts

Apples and Johnny Appleseed Crafts and Coloring
DLTK

Apple Lesson Plans

Michigan Apple Committee: Teacher Resources
Site offers a downloadable PDF

Apples, Apples, Apples Lesson Plan
Scholastic – Most activities do not require the book

Apple Craft
First School

Apple Activities



How to Pick Apples
PickYourOwn.org offers tips for picking apples.
Apple Videos

If you have apple resources to share, please leave me a comment and I’ll add it to the post! Thank you in advance for helping to make this post better!

Please share this resource with others!


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Fall Cut-Outs

Fall Cut-Out by Fran W.

 

Fall cut-outs are a fun and creative way to accent a window or a wall.

To make a cut-out, you will need: 

Construction paper, a craft knife, pencil, tissue paper, glue and tape

What to do… 

Draw a picture on one side of your construction paper and use a craft knife to cut it out. Glue tissue paper on the same side. When the glue dries, hang it up! If you want, you can create a stained glass effect by layering other colors behind one color tissue paper, or use multiple colors to get a different look. 

Note of Warning: Child supervision may be needed when using a craft knife.

Use this activity for any season or holiday! Here are a couple of other suggestions for use:

Turkey Cut-out by Fran W.
Halloween Cut-out by Fran W.












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Thanksgiving Turkey Games and Activities

Betty Jo, of Still Learning Something New, asked me if I could come up with a Thanksgiving game for her and her family to enjoy. Not only did I come up with a turkey game container, I thought of a few other uses for it too!

To make this game container, you will need…

Clean, dry recycled milk/juice carton – 1/2 gallon size
Construction paper
Recycled cardboard box (cereal or cracker box)
Scissors
Glue
Templates (locate on the bottom of this post)
Wiggly eyes
Markers
Pencil
Depending on Activity: Ping pong ball, aluminum foil ball, extra feathers, battery powered candle or glow stick, plastic ware, napkins, nuts, candy, artificial flowers

What to do…

  • Cut out each of the template pieces and glue them to recycled cardboard to make patterns. Cut the patterns out when the glue dries.
  • Trace all the patterns onto construction paper and cut them out.
  • After cutting your carton down to fit the body of the turkey, cover all 4 sides with construction paper, then glue the rest of the parts together. The picture can be used as a guide.


Suggestions for gluing your parts together…

Tail: Lay all the feathers on the tail as evenly as possible, when you like what you see, glue them down. Center your carton and glue that down. The brown part of tail should be seen from the back. 

Front: After gluing all the pieces of the front together, and adding any extra details you want to add, glue the front to the carton.
 
Gluing Tip: When you are ready to add the carton to the back and front pieces of the turkey, you may find it helpful to run your hand inside the carton a few times and then place something heavy inside the carton until the glue sets up.
 

Thanksgiving Turkey Activities by Fran W.
 
Thanksgiving Turkey Games
 
Turkey Toss Game
 
Put the turkey in the middle of the table and bounce a ping pong ball into the container. Find challenging ways to get the ball in.
Alternately, you can toss aluminum foil rolled up into balls into the container.
 
Thanksgiving Trivia Game
 
If you make lots of extra feathers, you can make a trivia game with some of them. Use the turkey as a centerpiece and ask each family member to come up with 5 Thanksgiving facts that they find the most interesting about the holiday, and how it came to be, then turn them into questions. Write the questions and answers on the inside of the feather, fold the feather in half to close and place it in the container. Store the feathers with the trivia questions and answers in the container, and test each other’s Thanksgiving knowledge by pulling out a feather and reading the question. Give everyone a chance to guess the answer before the answer is read. Play it a few times to see how many facts everyone can remember. Point values can be added to keep score if desired.
 
Variation: Research Race
 
Object of the game…
 
In this version of Thanksgiving Trivia, a parent or a player is going to write questions that may not be known to the other players, on each feather, along with an answer, and assign a value to each question based on the number of players.
Example: If there are 5 players, the highest point value would be 5, 10, 15, 2
0, or 25 points, if there are 3 players then 3, 6, or 9 points would be given out and so on. 
 
Players should be able to find answers on their own or buddy up with another player who can help them out. Players will need to have access to information such as the Internet, books, or printouts with the correct answers. The first player/team to find the answer gets the full point value, the second to get the answer will get 1 point system less (depending on if you are playing by 1’s, 2’s, 5’s, etc), the third will get 2 less and so forth. 
 
Choose a reader – The reader will read the question to everyone, collect everyone’s answers, give out points, and keep score. The most likely choice for the reader is the person who researched and wrote the questions on the feathers, but that is up to each family.
 
Players – Once the question is read, go into separate areas to find the answer. Once the answer is found, quietly write the answer down and return it to the reader as quickly as possible to collect your points. The player can whisper the answer in the readers ear or draw the answer when possible. Players should wait by the reader until all the others have finished. A reasonable time limit may be set if needed.
 
Once everyone brings the answer to the reader, the reader can ask another question and the play will begin again where all the player leave the room to find the answer, bring it to the reader to collect their points, and hang out to wait for the next question. What happens when a player doesn’t have the right answer? That is up to you to decide. Will they have to do it again or not gain any points?
 
Winner – Decide what the winning player/team gets…a night without chores, a special treat, an activity with mom or dad, etc. 
 
Feel free to change the rules to fit your needs.
 
I’ll start you off with 5 questions for Thanksgiving Trivia…
 
Q. When did the Pilgrims begin their journey?
A. July 1620
 
Q. When did the Pilgrims land at Plymouth Rock?
A. December 1620
 
Q. Who helped the Pilgrims survive in the New World?
A.  Squanto and Samoset
 
Q. What US president made Thanksgiving an official national holiday?
A. Lincoln
 
Q. What is a baby turkey called?
A. A poult
 
Thanksgiving Charades

What do you think about when you think of Thanksgiving? Have family members come up with 5 words each or a total of 25 or more Thanksgiving words, write them down on feathers, fold them in half and place them in the container. Players can pull out a feather and act out the word so everyone can guess it. The person acting out the holiday icon can not speak, but they can act and give hints to words that sound like their word. 
Tip: Glue pictures from magazines or flyers onto the feathers so non-readers can play too! Stamps or stickers can also be used.

Here are a few words to help get you started…


Turkey, Pilgrim, Native American, bow and arrow, apple pie, family, Mayflower, parade, corn, musket, pumpkin, feather, thankful, stuffed, nuts…


Feathers of Thanks


Before adding the front of the turkey, ask family members to write down what they are thankful for on each feather. When all the feathers have something on it, glue the front of the turkey on. Store a bunch of feathers inside the container along with a marker and glue stick, when friends and family come by, ask them what they are thankful for, have them write it on a feather, and add it to the turkey as a second or third row of feathers.


Other uses…


Luminary: Put a glow stick or a battery powered candle in it and place it in the middle of the table.


Storage: Store napkins, plastic ware, nuts, candies or something else and place it on a table.


Floral Centerpiece: Place floral foam in the bottom of the container and use the container for artificial or real flowers.


Please leave a comment if you find another use for this container!


Turkey Decoration…


If you do not have a container to make this craft, follow the directions for making the templates, glue the turkey together, and hang it on a wall, or think of a way to prop it up on a table.


Betty Jo, I hope you and your family find this versatile turkey activity fun and useful for Thanksgiving! Thank you very much for reading Fran’s World of Discovery and for the request!


Happy Thanksgiving!


If you have a request or a topic you would like me to cover, please let me know! You can email your request to me, Fran at: fewzworld@gmail.com and I will get on it as soon as possible!


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Thanksgiving Turkey Game Templates
Click on the picture, then right click and save the file to your computer, open file and print.

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Thanksgiving Turkey Game Pg 2
 
 

Create A 3-D Halloween Scene

3-D Halloween Scene by Fran W.

A 3-D scene, or a diorama, is a creative way to express an idea, thought, experience, or tell a story. They can be made very simply or very complicated and detailed. They can also be interactive, stationary, or somewhere in between! It’s all up to you.


To make a 3-D Halloween scene, you will need:
Your container…
This may include: A shoe box, a recycled box, a 1 gallon milk/water jug, milk/juice carton, cereal box, a jar, an old foam pumpkin, etc.

Craft supplies…
Glue, construction paper, acrylic or non-toxic paint, paint brushes, chenille stems, stickers, scissor, tissue paper, toothpicks, thread or string, pom-poms, air-dry clay, cotton balls, and anything you have on hand.

Add extras…
Action figures, small plastic or clay animals, outdoor items such as sticks, rocks, shells, feathers, acorns, etc., lights, spider webs, etc.

What will your scene be about?
Since this activity is meant to have a Halloween theme, think about what you would like to depict within your scene. Will your scene include a creepy old house with a bare tree and bats and ghosts flying around? Will you tell the story of a person walking through the woods? Will it be about a trip to the pumpkin patch? Maybe your story will show what you plan to do on Halloween night!

Suggestions…

  • Paint the background: Is it day or night? Where does the scene take place? Park, woods, a graveyard, a pumpkin patch, etc. 
  • Paint or cover the bottom: Leaves, grass, dirt, sand, gravel, gravestones, pumpkins, etc. 
  • Make your own figures: Use chenille stems, toothpicks, wire, etc.
  • Use Halloween themed stickers, clipart, or pictures from a magazine/flyer.
  • Use string or thread to hang things down from the top.
  • Make pumpkins out of pom-poms.
  • Make gravestones from recycled cereal/cracker boxes.

Need some inspiration?

Storm The CastleHalloween Tatebanko Project
Click on either of these links. One will take you to the website, ‘Storm The Castle’ and the other to the project.

Enchanted Learning: Dioramas
There are a few examples of dioramas on this page.


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Apple Research Project

Did you know…

  • Apples are part of the rose family!
  • There are over 7,500 varieties of apples.
  • Apples have a long history, dating back to 328 BCE! 
  • Dwarfed apples were found growing wild in the Tien Shan mountains of eastern Kazakhstan, located in Central Asia, by Alexander the Great.
  • Apples are a very versatile food because they can be eaten raw, cooked, and made into beverages; plus they offer many health benefits, and are a good source of fiber and vitamin C.
  • Apples are grown in all 50 states and all over the world.

Research Questions…

  • Have apples always been in America? If so, what kind, if not, how did they get here?
  • How are apples grown?
  • What are the health benefits of apples?
  • What medicinal qualities do apple have?
  • Why do apples turn brown and how can we stop this?
  • How is apple cider made?


Apple History


Apple Facts – 
Lots of quick facts about apples.

What’s Cooking America: Apples – A timeline history of apples and apple legends

Apple History and Pollination Video



How Apples Grow

Growing Apples:How to Grow Apple Trees

Health Benefits of Apples

Find out the medicinal qualities of apples.

Nutritional information about apples

Jen’s Reviews: 11 Health Benefits of Apples
Health facts about apples and 5 recipes.

Apple Health Benefits



Stop Apples From Turning Brown


How Apple Cider is Made



Apple Activities and Puzzles
Washington Apples offers apple related puzzles and games that can be played online such as:
Crossword, word searches, quizzes, Catch the Apple game and more.
Visit the Teacher’s Corner of the site for printable word puzzles.

Parental supervision recommended for the following videos!

Apple Puzzle

Learn how to make a puzzle out of an apple.


Apple Swan

Related Apple Activities on Funschooling & Recreational Learning!:

Fran’s World of Discovery has created an apple resource page filled with links to other apples sites, apple lesson plans, and videos about apples: How to make an apple puzzle, the health benefits of apples, and how apples grow.

You’ll find more apple related activities and projects in this ebook written and developed by Fran Wisniewski. To learn more, click on the link above. To purchase, contact me directly.
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