Waffle Fun Page

How many words can you make from the words:

Waffle Sundae

Note: Add some fun twists and turns to your game with the info in this post.

Waffle Challenge

Try and compare different brands of frozen, boxed mixes, homemade waffle recipes or some combo of your choosing. Give your opinion about the things you try. Try gluten free and regular versions (if possible). Write or video record your opinion or talk about it with someone else and get their thoughts about the taste test.

Alt: Make or buy waffles and try them with different toppings. Try something you have never thought to try them with. Do a quick image search to get some suggestion. Discuss what you like and dislike about whatever you try.

Waffle Word Search

Waffle Related Activities

Waffle Trivia

Waffles trace back to what culture?

When did waffle irons start?

When did the 1st waffle recipe appear in cook books?

When did waffle popularize in modern times?

What are some popular waffle toppings?

Online Puzzle

Online Puzzle: Belgian Waffle with Ice Cream– How long will it take you to do this online puzzle?

Waffle Sandwich Idea

Make two waffles, put a slice of cheese on one waffle, then place an egg, bacon, sausage, or ham on top. Place another waffle on top and enjoy.


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Yule Log

Information & Fun Stuff

Why Christmas: The History of the Yule Log – Learn how the Yule Log was used by various cultures and countries.

Learn Religions: Make a Yule Log – In addition to instructions Yule Log Cakefor how to make a Yule Log centerpiece that can burn candles, and learn a little of the history and symbology of this historic tradition.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac: What is the Yule Log? | Christmas Traditions – Read a little about Yule and use this link to access the recipe at the end of the article. (The link offered does not work correctly.)

Wired.com: Holiday Printable Fun: The Yule LogDownload to print.

DLTK: Toasty Fireplace – How quickly can you solve this Jigsaw Puzzle online? Use the arrow keys to turn puzzle pieces.

Puzzle Image


The Germanic Origins of Yule

Georgina Life – Yule Log Centerpiece

Simplest Buche De Noel | Chocolate Yule Log | Easy Swiss Roll Recipe

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Winter Solstice

December Activities

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St. Patrick’s Day Activities

Funschooling Resources to help you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day all week long!

Ireland – Resources for Ireland include: Links to Geographical, historical, and cultural information. Videos have been included as well.

St Patrick’s Day Activities – St. Patrick’s Day Activities includes: Crafts, Lesson Plans and videos.

Irish & Celtic Folktales: Fairies – Sites about Irish & Celtic Folktales, with a focus on fairies.

Shamrocks – Cultural and botanical information about shamrocks and lots of links for crafts for kids.

Make Your Own: Fun Putty – How to make fun putty and fun things to do with it.

Cabbage – Cabbage experiment suggestions, recipe for homemade coleslaw, links to cabbage information.

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Dictionaries – Day #3 Dictionary Creators

I personally think a dictionary is a very useful tool and was curious to know who was the first to take the time to create one. I also wondered if any other cultures had and used a similar idea. As it turns out, dictionaries go WAY back to ancient times in one form or another!

The modern English dictionary was invented by Samuel Johnson and published in 1755. 
This is a documentary about Samuel Johnson: The Dictionary Man

If you would rather read a little about him: 

Noah Webster wrote the first American dictionary in 1806. This video:
Noah Webster: Biography, Education, Facts, History, Dictionary, Quotes has information about him.

If you would rather read about Webster:

Information about various cultures who had and used dictionaries can be found here:

Wikipedia: Dictionary – Offers a history of cultural dictionaries from ancient to modern times.
Also: Oxford English Dictionary, Chinese Dictionary, Japanese Dictionary, and others such as specialized dictionaries.

Here’s some information about the The first dictionaries of English, you’ll need a membership to access all the information, but it’s a good jumping off point if you want to study more about the topics included in the article on your own.

Other Things of Interest

Read an interview with a lexicographer Erin McKean:


YouTube Dictionary Playlist – These videos and others can be found in the playlist created for this topic.

🐞 For the Little Ones 🐞

If you have a little one, go to the library and find some picture books and a child’s dictionary and check a few out.
If you have a few of your own on hand already… Find words via the pictures included in the publication and read or talk about their meanings. Act out pictures and have fun with them. Make up a sentence using the actions you created while reading though the books together.

Related Post: Dictionaries – Access all the days in one place!

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This week is about dictionaries:

Day #1: Get the week started by building your vocabulary.

Day #2Alphabetize Your Family Members

Day #3Dictionary Creators

Day #4: Types of Dictionaries

Day #5: Words Within Words

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Cultural & Botanical Information

Irish Culture and Customs: Emblems of Ireland: The Shamrock Learn how the shamrock became an emblem of Ireland. 

Fine Gardening: The History of the Shamrock: Full of symbolism, this plant has mystical roots – Article

SFGate: Botany Difference Between Clover and Shamrock Plants – Read about the difference between the two.

Wikipedia: Shamrocks – Offers information about different aspects of the shamrock: As a cultural icon and plant species. 

Craft Projects
DLTK: Shamrock Crafts – Get instructions to make: A 3D Shamrock paper craft, a lacing craft, a cross stitch pattern, and more.
Artists Helping Children: Shamrock Crafts For Kids: Saint Patrick’s Irish Shamrock Day Crafts and Activities for Children & Preschoolers – This site offers a variety of crafts that include shamrocks.
About Family Crafts: 21 DIY Shamrock Crafts – This site offers links to a variety of shamrock related crafts.
Kids Activity Blog: 17 Shamrock Crafts for Kids – Links to shamrock crafts.
Hands On As We Grow – 20 Lucky Shamrock Crafts for Kids to Make this St. Patrick’s DayMore interesting ways to make shamrocks. 
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Types of Calendars

Article & Information About Calendars

Timely: The Importance of Calendars – This article talks about some of the import reasons communities and individuals should keep calendars, along with the benefits.

Wikipedia: Calendars – Offers historical information about calendars.
Egyptian Calendar
Mayan Calendar &
List of Calendars – Lists over 80 types of calendars.

Holidappy: Birth Symbols – Each month has its own bird, flower, tree, myth, etc. find out what they mean.

Ducksters: Today In History – Find out what happened today in history and scroll down to the bottom to find out about the rest of the month. Click on a month, then you’ll find out: That month’s birthstone, flower name, name meaning, most recognized holidays for that month, how to say that month’s name in different languages, and fun facts, plus you’ll see a calendar of days. Each day will tell you a few things that happened on that day, and the year it happened.

Lifehack.org: The Evolution of the Calendar: How to Use a Calendar Today – This article talks about how calendar use has changed over the years and how technology has helped those changes along.

The New York Times: Paper Calendars Endure Despite the Digital Age – This article discusses trends in paper and digital calendar usage.

Make Use Of.com: Why Paper Planners Are Relevant in the Age of Smartphone Calendar Apps – Article talks about the positive points of both digital and paper calendars.

Calendars That Feature: Events, Wacky Holidays, & Other Special Days

National Day Calendar – Main page – Find out what the day’s holidays, birthdays and events are and look at the whole month at a glance.

Time & Date.com: Fun Holidays – Site offers a list of fun, wacky & trivial holidays. Click on the month you’re most interested in.

Homefires: Monthly Learning Calendar – This calendar changes from month to month automatically to keep you updated on interesting things to learn about.

Apples 4 The Teacher: Holidays – Scroll down to the month you want to look at to find out what special days there are for the month.

Holiday Insights: Holidays – Daily holidays for each month. Click on the month you want to view. This site offers food days as well.

On This Day: Click on the area you want to know more about each day. Search by name, month, day, or event, birth, wedding, and death.

Still Learning Something New: Special Days Calendars – ArchiveYou’ll get a nice long list of important days that that month offers, featured themes (ex: National Pizza Month), and featured food items/themes for that month.

The Nibbler: American Food Holidays: Index of food holidays by month.

Cultural Calendars
National University of Singapore:  Chinese Calendar (PDF) also Calendars in Singapore covers: The Islamic Calendar, Indian Calendar, and other information.
University Washington Dept of Education: The Chinese Zodiac – This informative site gives information about the Chinese Zodiac.

WebExhibits: Calendars Through The AgesThe Mayan CalendarInformation about the history of the Mayan calendar and how it works.
NOTE: If you click on the link for Calendars Through The Ages link, you will connect with other types of calendars that are in use and not in use to learn about.

Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian: Living Maya Time: The Calendar System – Explains the Haab cycle.

Native American
Akta Lakota Museum & Cultural Center: The Lakota Moon CalendarFind out how the moon played an important roll in keeping time and the name and meaning for each moon. 

Crystallinks.com: Native American Calendars –Article offers information about how some Native American tribes kept track of days, months, and years.

Native Net: Native American Calendar – Learn the various names for each month’s moon.

Other Calendars

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center: Eclipse: Calendars – Includes: Intro, Gregorian, Hebrew, Islamic, Indian, Chinese, and Julian Calendars
Calendar Zone: Cultural Calendars – Many of the links on this site are not working but the information about the dozens of different types of calendars of the world from various cultures offers many more choices and learning directions that can be studied.

YouTube: Calendars Playlist – Learn how the modern calendar evolved over the centuries. Here are one of the informative videos in the list.

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Wikipedia: Bell– Etymology, history, styles of ringing, church and temple bells, bellfounding and more. Also,
Campanology – The study of bells.

Owlcation: Interesting Facts About the History of Bells – Article includes information about: Introduction of Bells Across the World, How Were Bells Made, Tuning of the Bell, What Are Handbells?, Bell Towers, What is Bell Metal?, and a list of Famous Bells Around The World. Site includes photos and videos.

Discover Bell Ringing: Site offers a way to find local ringers, music of the bells, history of bell ringing, up the bell tower, learning to ring, technique of ringing, bell mechanism, and other bell related things.

Brosamer’s Bells: Bell History – Offers a short article and a photo gallery of old bell information that includes pricing information, informative text, descriptions, part names, and more. Pictures can be viewed on line or downloaded.

History of Bells.com: History of Bells – Information about the cultural history of bells, and bell facts. There are more featured articles on the bottom of the page.

How To Draw Cartoons Online: How to Draw a Cartoon Bell

🔔🔔 Please use caution when downloading things from the Internet. 🔔🔔

Tim’s Printables: Christmas Bell Templates, Colored Christmas Bell Templates

FreePatternsArea: Bell Shaped Christmas Decoration Craft Cut Out Pattern – Download the pattern, print it out, and cut it. Right click on your mouse to capture the pattern you want and save it to your computer or copy and paste it into a file graphic.


First Palette: Bells – Offers a page with 4, 2, and 1 bell to download and use.

DLTK: Christmas Bells and Christmas Bells Coloring Pages


YouTube: Bells Playlist – This list includes more than 30 bell related videos about the history of bells, listen to bell ringers, learn how to draw bells, and origami bells, and bell crafts.
Here’s one of the videos in the list…

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Chocolate Resource Page

Chocolate Information & Articles
Exploratorium: Chocolate – Discover…..The sweet science of chocolate. This is an excellent place to begin your study of chocolate!

Science Museum of Minnesota: Where are cacao trees grown? Find out here.

Field Museum: Chocolate – Just for Kids: History, activities, process of making and much more.

Cornell University: Chocolate: Food of the Gods. There is a lot of information about chocolate on this site. Includes the history of the product, how it grows, health information and much more.

Washington Edu: Discovering the Sweet Mysteries of Chocolate – Brief history and the science of chocolate for kids.

AncientFoods: The History of and the Medicinal and Ritualistic Uses for Chocolate in Mesoamerica  A long, informative article about the history of the culture of chocolate, the cacao tree and its cultivation, iconographic and archaeological evidence, and medical uses. The same article can be found here: HeritageDaily: Medicinal and Ritualistic Uses for Chocolate in Mesoamerica.

Smithsonian MagA Brief History of Chocolate – Offers a brief, yet informative, history of chocolate. Also, Healers Once Prescribed Chocolate Like Aspirin – Article: (From the site) From ancient Mesoamerica to Renaissance Europe, the modern confectionary treat has medical roots.

Smithsonian: “Chocolate is a Fighting Food!” – Chocolate bars in the Second World War – This article has information about war rations offered to American soldiers and a story about the wartime chocolate memories of the author’s grandfather.

The Gourmet Chocolate of the Month Club: Chocolate History Timeline – Chocolate History Timeline from 2000 B.C. to 1938 WW II.

Hershey: Our-Story – Discover Hershey: There’s more to Hershey then meets the eye. Find out who Milton Hershey was, and how chocolate is made.

Cadbury: Discovering Chocolate – The Great Chocolate Discovery – This article discusses how chocolate was discovered, how ancient Mayans and Aztecs used it, and its introduction into Spain and Europe.

Chocolate.org: Chocolate and the Aztecs  – History of chocolate, the Aztecs, and the Spanish: Introducing Cacao, Meet the Aztecs, The Aztecs Were Followers, and Chocolate Lives On.

ICCO: International Cocoa Organization: The Chocolate Industry – Who are the main manufacturers of chocolate in the world?

Wikipedia: History of Chocolate – General information about the history of chocolate. Also, Cocoa Butter.

Fox News Food & Drink: 6 of the World’s Most Expensive Chocolates – Find out what the most expensive chocolate is and who makes it.

WorldAtlas: Top 10 Cocoa Producing Countries – Information about the world biggest and smallest producers of cocoa.

Cocoa Project – This site offers different aspects of a cocoa study.

FAO: Growing Cocoa – Information about growing cocoa.

Medical News Today: Chocolate: Health Benefits, Facts, and Research – Learn about the health benefits of chocolate!

US National Libary of Medicine – Chocolate in History: Food, Medicine, Medi-Food – Offers: Introduction, the concept of Diet, Chocolate as Medicine: the Mesoamerican Tradition, Chocolate as Medicine: the European Tradition, Last Chapters, and Conclusions: Chocolate as Medi-Food. This is a technical article.

PennLive: A spoonful of … chocolate? Cacao has a history of medicinal use – Site offers a book review of: ‘Chocolate as Medicine: A Quest Over the Centuries’ –  the history of chocolate’s medical uses.

Chocolate Activities

Chocolate Activities

FranW.com – Chocolate ActivitiesI offer more chocolate related posts, including resources and recipes such as a chocolate egg cream, chocolate covered pretzels, lip balm, bubble bath and a hot cocoa base here.

Homeschool Share: Chocolate Unit Study – Free unit study.

Homefires: Chocolate Curriculum – This curriculum was designed for groups or individuals. I wrote it, I hope you enjoy it!

Activity Village: The Chocolate Bar Game A game played with dice.

All Chocolate Kitchen: Chocolate Sculptures – Take a look at some of the beautiful things that can be made with chocolate.

BoredPanda: 13 Of The Most Creative Works Of Chocolate ArtSite offers a variety of works of art made from chocolate.

Aol.Finance: 10 fun jobs that pay well Scroll down to Chocolatier.

Chron: The Salary of a Chocolate Maker – Find out how much a chocolate maker makes and what you need to become one.

Melting Mug: Recipe:  Xocolatl, The Original Hot Chocolate – Learn a little history about the drink and how to make it a couple of different ways.

Experiments in Tempering Chocolate – What tempering is and comparisons of different techniques to see which work best at home.

Business Insider: Cocoa Butter Prices Are Surging Article about the high price of cocoa butter and what some companies are doing about it.

Glee Gum: Make your own chocolate kit – Interested in making your own chocolate? You can buy a kit here!

Bloomberg: Brexit Could Reopen U.K.’s 30-Year EU Chocolate War, Clegg Warns – Information about a modern day chocolate war.

All Free Crafts: Chocolate Covered Spoons – Instructions for how to make these treats.

Printable World Map.net – Choose a map to print out.

Ranker: Best Songs About Chocolate  Some songs may not be suitable for all audiences.


Cooking Channel:  Outrageous Chocolate ArtA short video that features some interesting items made with chocolate.

Fox Business: The world’s most expensive chocolate: Here’s what it tastes like – A short video about the chocolate bar.

Vimeo: Chocolate: Exhibition Walk-throughTake a short virtual tour of the Field Museum.

YouTube: Chocolate Playlist How chocolate is grown and made, chocolate art, hot chocolate recipes, chocolate modeling clay recipe and how to, factory tours, how luxury chocolates are made, and other interesting chocolate related videos.
Here’s one of the videos in the list…

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Irish & Celtic Folktales: Fairies

Timeless Myths: Faeries
 – Background info: Origins of Faeries and types. Fairy People: A list of faeries and a description.

LetterPile: Forgotten Fairies of Irish Folklore & A Guide To Irish Folk Tales – Articles.

Wikipedia: Fairy – Historical development, origin, Tuatha Dé Danann and more. Also, Classification of Fairies.

Ireland’s Eye: Hidden Ireland: A guide to Irish Fairies – Introduction – Look to the left of the screen for more information about Irish Fairies. This site offers short bits of info.

Project Gutenberg: Free, downloadable versions of the following books:


Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry by W. B. Yeats

The Irish Fairy Book by Alfred Perceval Graves and George Denham

Irish Fairy Tales by Edmund Leamy

Irish Fairy Tales by James Stephens


Celtic Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs

The Fairy-Faith in Celtic Countries by W. Y. Evans-Wentz

Celtic Folk and Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs and John Dickson Batten

More Celtic Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs and John Dickson Batten

Celtic Tales, Told to the Children by Louey Chisholm

Literature Network: Yeats: The Celtic Twilight – Free to read online.

LibriVox: Free audio versions.

The Celtic Twilight – Free to Download or listen on line.

Tales of Folk and Fairies by Katharine Pyle –  Listen to 15 Different children’s stories from around the world.

YouTube: Watch the Irish & Celtic Fairies Playlist. Listen to The Celtic Twilight by Yeats as well. Here’s one of the videos in the list.

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Wikipedia: Hawaii – Geography and environment, history, demographics, economy, culture and more. Also, Hawaiian Dishes.

Lonely Planet: Hawaii – Scroll down to view what the site has to offer in the way of experiences, launch an interactive map, read some articles, and see what activities Hawaii has to offer.

Hawaiian Words: Hear the Spoken Word – Listen to how Hawaiian words are pronounced. Learn how to say: Essential words, common words, the names of places, or scroll through the Hawaiian dictionary to see how words are spelt and translated.

Go Hawaii: This site can be used to plan a trip to Hawaii. It shows you the sites and activities available.

Hawaii.edu: Recipes – Choose a Hawaiian recipe to try!

FranW.com: Ukulele –  Learn about the ukulele, a Hawaiian instrument.

YouTube: Hawaii Playlist – Check out some of the videos I’ve collected about Hawaii! Here’s a sample of one of the videos in my list.


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Getting to know Ireland
Wikipedia: Ireland
History, including prehistoric Ireland, politics, economy, geography, flora and fauna, demographics, and culture. Information about the Government of Ireland can be found on this site as well.
Places to visit and tips & advice – includes prices.
Includes photos and information.
Information about the island, history of, government, mythology, Irish castles, everyday life, symbols & flags, the country, and visiting Ireland.
DLTK: Ireland
Irish Crafts and Activities for Kids: About Ireland, facts, coloring pages, maps and flags, folklore, jigsaw puzzles, recipes, and St. Patrick’s Day.
Enchanted Learning: Republic of Ireland
Includes a map, information about: its location, the capitol, languages, population, flag, climate, major rivers, high and low points, printables, and craft ideas.
Links to Irish: Literature, music, recipes, tourist info, historical info and more. Get two free ebooks when you subscribe to their newsletter.
Ireland’s Eye: Normans – Historical information.

Activity Village: Ireland – Information, craft activities, printables and videos.
Geography and Maps of Ireland
See a satellite image of Ireland, get climate information and more.
Altapedia: Ireland
Geographical information including: location, geography, climate, people, religion, education and more.
Media Maps: Ireland
Map of Ireland, including its towns and cities.
4 Articles: The Castles of Dunluce & Carrickfergus, The Castles of Galway, 
Castle Salem, and King John’s Castle and 10 Articles in Geography & Maps of Ireland
Offers a photo tour of mountains, cliffs and waterways of Ireland.
Ireland’s Eye: Blarney Stone
Information about the Blarney Stone (The Gift of Gab).

Irish Culture
Museums of Ireland
Visitor information, archaeology, decorative arts & history, country life, natural hi
story, collections and research, and explore and learn.

What’s On, collections, and a picture library.
Irish music
Listen to Irish music. 

The High Kings
An Irish band that sings Irish classics in a modern way.
Irish Art
Wikipedia: Irish Art 
Early Irish Art, Towards and Irish Art, and Modern Art

Irish Art
Directory of Irish artists.

Irish Museum of Modern Art
Exhibits, collections and more.
Irish Language
Sign up for “Irish for Beginners”, a FREE one month course.
Omniglot: Irish (Gaeilge)
Offers information about the language, including: The origin of writing in Ireland, the Ogham alphabet, with medieval manuscripts, modern Irish alphabet, pronunciation and more.
Irish food
Ireland’s Eye: Irish Recipes
Site offers traditional Irish recipes.
Food.com: 50 Favorite Irish Dishes
Use the arrows to scroll through pictures of traditional foods. Click on the recipe’s name to go to that recipe.
Irish People
Biography: Famous Irish People
A picture gallery of famous Irish to learn about.
Wikipedia: Irish People
A history of the Irish people.
Irish Sports
Wikipedia: Sports in Ireland
Sports played in Ireland.

YourIrish: The Traditional Irish Game of Hurling
Information about the sport and a video.


Irish Celebrations and Traditions
Irish Culture and Customs: Feast of St. Martin
Explains why the day is celebrated.
History Channel: St. Patrick’s Day
Site offers videos about the holiday and its traditions.

Enchanted Learning: St. Patrick
St. Patrick’s Day Crafts and Activities.
Universal Preschool: St. Patrick’s Day
Activities for families with young children.

Homefires: St. Patty’s Day Activities: Rainbows, Shamrocks and Leprechauns
Craft activities for families to enjoy and connections to other resources.

Ireland Information: Irish Wedding Tradition
Offers the history of Irish wedding traditions.

Rip.ie: Irish Wakes
Information about traditional Irish wakes.
Irish Literature, Mythology, Folklore, Stories & Drama

Luminarium: Irish Literature, Mythology, Folklore, and Drama
There is a lot to choose from on this site. Literature, myths, folklore, stories, art, music, Irish fairies, saints, film and more.
Irish Culture and Customs: Kids Stories
Site offers an interesting selection of stories geared toward kids.

The Project Gutenberg: EBook of Irish Fairy Tales, by James Stephens
Read each story, chapter by chapter.

Ireland Calling: Irish Fairy Stories & Folk Tales
Six stories are offered on this page and links to others on the site.

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