Strawberry Fun Page

How many words can you make from the words:

Strawberries And Cream

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Hand-On Challenge

Grow your own strawberry plant. Learn about the different types of berries and decide on the one that sounds good to you.

Word Search

Find the words hidden in the word search below.

Recipe Idea

Strawberry French Toast: Make two slices of your favorite French Toast recipe, then while the bread is hot, spread whipped cream cheese on one side, add a layer of sliced strawberries, drizzle honey over the strawberries, then put another slice of bread on top. Top with whipped cream and a whole strawberry and enjoy.

Online Puzzle

Online Jigsaw Puzzle: Chocolate Covered Strawberries – How long will it take you to do this online puzzle?

Coloring Page

Coloring Pages: Strawberries Choose from a variety of pages to print.


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A Berry Patriotic Shake

Strawberry Breakfast Sundae

Strawberry Goodness

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Pizza Fun Page

How many words can you make from the words:

Stuffed Crust Pizza

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Finish The Phrase

Pizza Word Scramble

Pizza Activities

Online Jigsaw Puzzle: Pizza Puzzle: How long will it take you to complete this puzzle.

Coloring Page: Pizza Coloring Page – Choose from a variety of pages to print and color.


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Pretzel Fun Page

How many words can you make from the words:

Belgium Pretzels

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Pretzels Word Search

Pretzel Activities

Pretzel Taste Test

There are many different types, shapes, and flavors of pretzels on the market today. This includes soft pretzels, hard, and everything in between. If you like pretzels, purchase a variety of them, and compare one brand to another. Talk about your likes and dislikes with a friend or family member, and encourage them to talk about their opinion as well.

Alternately: Purchase any type of your favorite plain pretzels and make and try them with a favorite topping. For example:

Soft: Cheese sauce, cinnamon sugar, jalapenos and cheese, various mustards, chocolate, butter, Parmesan cheese, and herbs (before baking), chopped almonds, sugar and butter (before baking)…..and so many others.

Hard: Dips are wonderful for this type of pretzel. Choose your favorite base and search for some ways to jazz it up or make something up. Write down your favorites.

Pretzel Snack Idea

Melt cheese over pretzels and top them with diced jalapenos and/or bacon pieces or spread a little melted butter on pretzels and sprinkle them with cinnamon sugar and bake on 350° (preheated oven) for a minute or two or until cheese melts. When they cool a bit, enjoy and tweak.


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Pecan Fun Page

How many words can you make from the words:

Pecan Smoothie

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Pecan Fill-In Puzzle

Fit the words into the puzzle.

Pecan Trivia

Who did Native Americans trade pecans with?

What is pecan wood used for?

Pecans are considered healthy, what makes them a healthy food?

Where can pecans be found around the world?

What states have named pecans as an official symbol of their state as a tree, nut, or food?

Pecan Smoothie Recipe

1/4c Pecans

1c Water

2-3 Pitted Dates

1/2c Ice

1/4-1/2tsp Vanilla (optional)

Dash of salt (optional)

Directions: Place all ingredients in a blender until they are smooth and well blended. Serves one.


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Dough Thrower

Tony Gemignani, is an eight-time world pizza-dough tossing champion and has been featured on many shows

It’s amazing what some dough and a little practice can do!

Dough-Throwing 101: How to toss dough

You can begin by purchasing or making your own homemade dough. The following video has instructions for how to get started tossing dough.

How to toss pizza dough

You can read instructions here

Once you get the hang of tossing the dough around, try doing some tricks!

Dough-tossing tricks

The science of pizza tossing…..

What does pizza tossing have to do with science?

The following video talks about how scientists used the ‘perfect pizza toss’ to design micro motors thinner than a human hair.


The physics of tossing pizza

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Energy Quest: Peanut Power – Use the energy from a peanut to create fuel.

Kids Activity Blog: Peanut Butter Playdough – Site offers a dairy-free, edible recipe made with three ingredients. Reclamation: Floating Peanut Experiment – Site offers an experiment. PDF format. 

National Peanut Board: Classroom Lesson Plans – 12 Peanut activities and a downloadable peanut comic book.

Georgia Peanut Commission: Kids Corner – History of peanuts, FAQ, nutrition, interactive games and resources.

Peanut Plant Anatomy: Diagram and info

eHow: Peanut Plant Uses – From the shell to the nut, find out what can be done with every part of a peanut. This site also offers the article: How to Plant Peanuts.

FranW.comSweet & Spicy Nuts – Recipe found on this blog.

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Sweet and Spicy Nuts

Sweet and Spicy Peanuts are a BIG favorite in my family, and my kids and I often make large batches to give to family and friends. 
I hope your family and friends enjoy them as well!

To make them, you will need…

2 T Melted Butter
1/4 c Honey
1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper
1/2 tsp Granulated Garlic Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
1 lb Raw Spanish Peanuts, Almonds, or Pecans
Mixing bowl
Spoon or spatula
9×13 Pan
Optional: Parchment paper

What to do…

Mix the butter, honey, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, and salt together in a bowl, then add nuts and mix until they are thoroughly coated. Pour onto parchment paper, place pan a 325 degree oven and cook for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Be sure to mix the nuts every 10 minutes with a heat-proof spatula.
Leave them on the pan until cooled, then store in an air-tight container.

Helpful tips…

Use parchment paper.

As the honey cools, it creates a delicious candy-like coating. Parchment paper not only makes the nuts much easier to remove, it makes clean-up faster and easier too!

Store nuts in an air-tight container.

An air-tight container keeps the nuts fresh and crunchy for up to 2 weeks….if they last that long!

Adjust the recipe to taste.

Quite a few of my family members LOVE really spicy nuts, so I’ll add much as a tablespoon+ of cayenne pepper to their batch. If you want to kick-up the heat, add an extra 1/8 tsp at a time until you get to the heat level your family enjoys.

If you have family members that don’t like garlic, then leave it out. The sweet, spicy flavor can hold its own! Consider adding a bit more salt instead.

Adjust the salt level to fit the needs of family and friends.

If peanuts are a problem, then use another kind of nut. I’ve made these these with raw almonds and the results are just as delicious, if not more so!

A great gift or party snack!

I’ve been known to put these nuts in jars or festive containers and add them to my gift baskets as a sweet and spicy treat, but they make a great party snack too!

My kids enjoy making their own labels and gift wrap for an extra special touch when gifting them to friends and family members!

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The 3 Sisters: Squash – Pumpkins

Did you know…

Native Americans called pumpkins, “isqoutm squash”

Recipe: Original Pumpkin Pie (with a modern twist) and Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

One of the first pumpkin pies were baked right in the pumpkin shell! A delicious custard was prepared and poured into a cleaned out pumpkin and the whole thing was baked until the pumpkin flesh was tender and the filling completely cooked.
Would you like to make this uniquely interesting desert?
Here is what you will need:
1 5-8 lb Pumpkin
6 Eggs
3/4 c Brown sugar
1/4 c Raw sugar
2T Molasses
2 1/2 c Heavy whipping cream
1 tsp Ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp Nutmeg
1/2 tsp Vanilla
3 T Butter
Aluminum foil covered cookie sheet
Aluminum foil
Preparing the pumpkin:

Cut the top of the pumpkin off and reserve, this will become your lid. Remove the stringy fibers and seeds – save seeds for roasting. Once the inside is clean, scrape out 4 cups of the inner flesh and reserve.
If your pumpkin has a stem, leave it on.
Preparing the filling:
Place eggs, sugars, molasses and spices in a blender and mix together. Next add the 4 cups of reserved pumpkin flesh, butter and the heavy cream – blend until smooth.
Filling the pumpkin: 
Place pumpkin on a foil cookie sheet and pour filling into the pumpkin. Do not overfill, leave about an inch of space to allow the custard filling to expand. Put the lid on the pumpkin and cover the top and sides with aluminum foil. Place the cookie sheet in a 350 oven for 2 hours or until custard in done – a metal tester will come out clean.
Allow to cool in oven to prevent splitting. When cool, place pumpkin in a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator overnight. Pie can also be served warm.
Serving the pie:
Pumpkin pie slice with whipped cream
This unique pie can be served two ways and will feed 6-12 people depending on the size of the pumpkin and the portion taken.
1. Remove the lid (or cut it off) insert a spoon and have everyone serve themselves by taking a spoonful of custard and cooked pumpkin flesh.

2. Cut around the stem of the pumpkin with a knife and serve by cutting slices of the pumpkin. Do not eat the skin.
Add a modern twist to one of George Washington’s favorite deserts!
This pie is not overly sweet and for some, may not be sweet enough, if you find this to be the case, feel free to use any of the following suggestions:
  • Before adding whipped cream, drizzle with maple syrup
  • Top with sweetened whipped cream
  • Serve with vanilla ice cream
  • Drizzle with a warm caramel sauce and top with sweetened whipped cream
  • Top with honey roasted pecans.
  • Serve with spiced whipped cream by adding a dash of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger to the whipping cream
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
You will need:
Raw pumpkin seeds
Sea salt
Aluminum foil covered cookie sheet
What to do:
Place seeds in a colander and wash in cool water. Shake off excess water before spreading seeds on an aluminum foil covered cookie sheet, and lightly salt seeds before placing in a 425 degree oven for 10 -12 minutes or until golden brown. Watch them carefully around the 10 minute mark so they don’t burn. When cool enough to touch, enjoy.
Question of the day:
Pumpkins are one variety of squash, how many other types of squash are there?
Learn more:
Information about how to grow.
Pumpkins, pumpkin facts, pumpkin education and more.
Activities that can be done with young children.
List of Gourds and Squashes
Pumpkins are a gourd-like squash, find out who their cousins are.

The Many Colors of Pumpkins

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Gingerbread Fun Page

How many words can you make from the word:


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Creative Inspirations

Words to use:

Gingerbread House & People

What can be done with the words?

These words can be used alone, or mixed and matched in any way to inspire stories, and then expressed in the form of a poem, diorama, dance, game, activity, song, musical composition, skit, a dramatic expression, shadow puppets, sculpture, a structure of some kind, or something else of the person’s choosing. 

Tips & Suggestions

Creativity is the main goal for this activity, there aren’t any limits.

Anything can be written, but don’t forget that pictures and actions can tell a story too. 

A story can be recorded with an audio/video device.

A great way to combine multiple recording methods is to narrate an illustrated story, and capture it all on an audio/video device so it can be enjoyed again later!

Use this activity inside or out!

If you need some inspiration, consider the following ideas:

Come up with dice game that makes a gingerbread house or person. Write down simple instructions.

Learn how to make homemade gingerbread or create a play-dough replacement. Record yourself baking and decorating.

Make up gingerbread man jokes.

Build/draw a gingerbread house of your own from any material you enjoy working with. Think about who lives in your house and where it is located in the world.

Make shadow puppets and come up with a story to use with them.

Be creative and have fun.

Gingerbread Word Search

How quickly can you find the 10 words in this Gingerbread word search?

Daily Jigsaw Puzzles:  Gingerbread House Puzzle: How long will it take you to solve this online puzzle?

Coloring Page

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How To Draw A Gingerbread House/Man

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Thanksgiving Jokes, Riddles, & Fun Comics

Want a fun and inexpensive Thanksgiving activity the whole family can enjoy?
Add some jokes, riddles, and fun comics to your Thanksgiving Day Fun Things To Do list!
If you plan to make the project in the Thanksgiving Turkey Games and Activities post, you can easily use jokes and riddles for your feathers.
The jokes and riddles on the sites provided below can be used or you can brainstorm your own.
Consider making place mats or place cards with jokes, riddles, and/or comics to share before dinner is served.

Enchanted Learning: Thanksgiving Jokes and Riddles – This site offers a less overwhelming amount of jokes and riddles. Consider turning some of the suggestions into comics.

Boy’s Life: 45 Funny Thanksgiving Day Jokes and Comics – This site offers A LOT of jokes, riddles, and comics to choose from. The unique thing about this page, is that every so many jokes and riddles, there is a fun comic to enjoy.

Squigly’s Jokes & Riddles: Thanksgiving Jokes for Kids – This site offers a few riddles, knock, knock jokes, and a story joke.

Scary Mommy: 35+ Side-Splitting Thanksgiving Jokes You’ll Gobble Up More Than Turkey – This site offers simple jokes and riddles.

Many of these jokes and riddles overlap…I hope they’ll be able to inspire your own.

Tips For Making Your Own Jokes, Riddles, & Comics

Make a list of popular Thanksgiving icons and foods to use to inspire jokes, riddles, and comics of your own.

Use graphics, stickers, stencils, stamps, or draw your own comics. Design them on a computer or your phone. Print them out or share them electronically.

Print out a page with two or more Thanksgiving icons, such as a turkey and a pumpkin, with thought or conversation bubbles for people to fill-in in a fun way.

Work on your delivery before hand. Jokes and riddles are more fun when they are delivered in an entertaining way.

Test a few of your jokes on a family member or friend. Ask them for tips that’ll help make your delivery better, or the joke/riddle/comic more entertaining.

Consider winging it. Sit around and throw jokes and riddles out informally. Make up your own and have fun being silly with it. Encourage others to join in.

Consider putting Thanksgiving words or pictures on paper for players to choose from, and ask them to come up with a joke or a riddle about that topic, or tell one they know.

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Learning with Lemons

Research Information

The Spruce: All About Lemons and How to Use Them – Article includes nutritional and growing info, how to buy and store them, and some recipes to try.

LiveScience: Lemons: Health Benefits & Nutrition Facts – Lemons are a good source of vitamin C and other lemon slice in sunimportant nutrients. Find out some of the countries they are grown in and the health benefits of lemons.

Universal Learning with Lemons – Explore and discover lemons as a family in some fun ways and make some yummy treats with them.

Taste of Home: 12 Genius Ways to Use Lemon (and Other Citrus) Peels Around the House – This site offers some great ideas for every part of the lemon…except the seeds.


Amalfi Coast Lemon | A “How Does it Grow?” Special: The Flying Farmer

How to Cook Spaghetti Al Limone | Searching for Amalfi Lemons in Naples, Italy

How to Grow a Lemon Tree from Seed

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