Set Up  A Talent Show 

Everyone has something they are good at. Invite your friends, family, and neighbors to show off what they can do well or watch what others are doing.

You can plan this for a future date so participants can practice, or set up something spur of the moment. Ask everyone to bring a little something to share (food or drink) as admission, and set up a table in your yard, or at a park so everyone can access it.

Keep the show positive and encouraging because it takes a lot of guts to get up in front of people to show your stuff.

Are awards really needed or is getting up and sharing what you can do enough?

Some of the things people can do:

Sing, recite a poem, read a passage from their favorite book in a dramatic way, act something out, juggle, do a puppet show, tell a story, magic tricks, draw, etc..

Have fun ending the summer on a fun and entertaining note.

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Water Balloon Running Bases 

For a fun water game version you will need:

50+ Half-filled water balloons, 2 buckets with water, hula hoops or something to make a base out of (two trees, chalk squares, baseball bases, street cones, spray paint, etc.), and 3 or more players

Tip: Less water can make the water balloons more sturdy.

Alternately, 5-10 splash balls can be used instead of water balloons. Keep them in the water when not in play.

Water-less version:

A small soft ball such as a playground ball, or a tennis ball, something to make bases with, at least 3 or more players

This is a “Monkey In The Middle” type game where two players throw a balloon or a ball back and forth. But instead of the ‘Monkey’ trying to get the object being thrown, they run between the bases and try to avoid being tagged or hit with the object being tossed.

Set-Up

Place the bases 20-40 feet apart, depending on how many players you have. This is a great game for groups or a large party.

Put a bucket of water at each base and place the half-filled balloons or splash balls into the water.

Decide who will catch.

How to play:

Catchers: Throw the balloon/ball back and forth to each other, but instead of keeping the balloon/ball from the runners, they can hit or tag the runners with what is being tossed back and forth. As the runners are running from base to base. Catchers must stay on their base unless they have to chase a wild ball. They can not chase a runner to tag or hit them.

*Players should decide if runners will be tagged or hit with the item being thrown before starting the game.)

Runners: Run from base to base without getting hit or tagged. If a runner catches the item being thrown, they can keep playing, if they get hit or tagged by the object, they will need to sit out the rest of the round. The last runner becomes a catcher.

More players make this game much more fun.

Start the game: Runners can stand between the two bases while the catchers toss the balloon/ball back and forth 2 or 3 times. On the last throw, all the runners must run to any base for safety. Runners can stay on or behind the base for 1 or 2 throws but then they must run after that. If a player doesn’t run, they will need to sit out the rest of the round or another consequence chosen by the players before the game begins.

Ending the game: The last runner wins the game and can choose to be a catcher if they want  to.

Players should decide the rules before the game begins.

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Summertime Criss-Cross Puzzle 

Use the words in the word bank provided to fill in the blocks below.

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DIY Backyard Tic-Tac-Toe

Getting outdoors to play while the weather is nice is great for everyone!

Game Board

To play tic-tac-tac you will need a game board. This can be made from any of the following suggestions, or something of your own choosing.

· A PVC pipe and four 4-way connectors the same width as the PVC pipe. To cut the PVC pipe, you will need a PVC pipe cutter, or a hack saw

· Pool Noodles

· Thick rope cut to the desired length of the tic-tac-toe board

· 9 Hula hoops

· Wooden pieces cut to length

· Painters Tape

· Spray Paint

· Chalk

Playing Pieces

A quick word about playing pieces. You do not have to use a traditional X and O, use whatever shape or letter you like. You will need 5 for each player.

· People: If the board is made large enough, people can be used as playing pieces. Each player can choose 5 players for each team. Give players a colored ribbon to indicate what side they are playing on.

· Rope: Duct tape can be used to keep whatever shape desired together.

· Bean Bags or Socks: Outdoor bean bags or socks can be made or purchased. Toss or place them on the board.

· Frisbees: Use different colors or paint a shape or symbol on them.

· Large Rocks: Paint them before you play.

· Colored Water Balloons: Colored balloons can be purchased and used to play. Filling them with less water will make them less fragile. Store balloons in a bucket. Players can place rather than toss…unless tossing causes the player to lose the space if it breaks as part of the challenge/rules.

· Strong Paper Plates

· Wood: Simple wood blocks can be made and painted or written on.

· Cardboard: Cut into squares, or circles, or to shape, and painted.

· Sea Shells: Use large shells.

· Water Bottles: Fill water bottles with colored water or spread paint inside.

· Use Whatever Works For You!

How can the board be used for other games?

· Last one standing: Place one playing piece in each space, each player will take one or two pieces off the board on their turn. The player that needs to take the last piece loses the game.

· Red, White, & Blue: Make 9 pieces: 3 red, 3 white, and 3 blue, and get them in that order for the win. The first person to make a set match wins.

· Go Together Shapes:  Use triangles, circles, X’s, Squares, ect. Players can decide what goes together to make a match. For example:

· Number Match 3 In A Row: The first player to get to a number, decided on by the players before the game begins, wins.

· Color Mix and Match: To get 3 in a row, you will need to know how to mix colors:

Black + White = Grey

Blue + Yellow = Green

Yellow + Red = Orange

Red + White = Pink

Blue + Red = Purple

· Make up something on your own.

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A Summer Adventure

Use the following questions to create a one of a kind summer adventure that can be used to inspire a story (written or told), comic, video, or some other kind of writing or drawing projects. It can also be used to plan a real life adventure, a tour, or to jog a memory.

What would you do if you came across a cave or cavern?

Where is this cave located? In a park, in the woods, under water, on the water, ect.?

How did you come across this cave? Walking, diving, hiking, boating, a tour, ect..

Would you go in? Alone or with someone?

Who would you bring with you?

What would you bring with you?

Would you plan to go in or go in spontaneously?

If you plan to go in, what would you take, who would you take, and who would you tell?

If you decide to go in spontaneously, what items do you already have with you?

What do you think the inside of the cave/cavern looks like?

What is the temperature within?

How would you document your adventure?

Have you ever been in a cave or a cavern? What was your adventure like?

Write about, draw, tell someone, or record (audio/video) the story of your adventure.

How did it feel to go into a cave or cavern?

If you planned a tour of a cave or cavern, how do you think the tour went? Write a review or talk to someone about your experience.

I hope you enjoy creating or reliving this adventure.

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DIY: Springtime Word List

Spring is a time for renewal and awakening and many wonderful things happens as nature becomes more active. Capture the words of spring in a list or challenge yourself to create an A-Z Word List that can be used to make:

Your own: Word search, word scramble, crossword, and fill-in puzzles.

A nature walk word hunt.

Jokes and riddles.

Guess My Wordsuggestion list (great for new spellers and younger players)

Bingo Game (Words and/or pictures)

Choose a random word and see how many words you can make from it.

Choose a word and make a word web with it. (Ex: Chirp: birds – sound- nest-baby-chick)

An alphabetized list

Password Game Clues – Spring Themed

Topics for the game Category Toss

A code breaking game where numbers are used in place of letters (A=1, B=2, C=3)

Discovery Educations has a free Puzzle Maker that can be used to make original puzzles.

Tip: If you are having trouble coming up with an A-Z list of words, play a game of Granny’s Handbag.

Granny’s Handbag

Make an A-Z list on paper or type it. Words can be drawn when possible.

You will need 2-3 players minimum to play this game.

Start by saying: Granny is going on a trip and we are going to help her pack her handbag. What will Granny take with her?

Begin with the letter A or Z and player one will say, ‘I was helping Granny pack her handbag and I added an (spring related word beginning with the letter A or Z)

A – Apple blossom

The next player will say: ‘I was helping Granny pack her handbag and I added an Apple blossom and a (spring related word beginning with the next letter: B.)

B= Bee

The next player will say: ‘I was helping Granny pack her handbag and I added an Apple blossom, bee and a (spring related word beginning with the next letter: C.)

Players will continue running through the alphabet.

One player will be needed to keep track of the list and help verify that players are remembering the correct order of the words upon their turn. Other players may not look at the list. This player can also remind players of the next lettered item to be added to the bag.

Stumped on some of the letters? Use an online dictionary or search for Spring Related Words.

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How long will it take you to find all the words in this puzzle?

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Learning With Ordinary Household Items

Have you been looking for ways to make learning more interesting?

Then you have come to the right place!

The following list of ordinary, inexpensive, household items can be used to make learning much more fun and interesting in creative ways.

I’ll be offering activities and ideas for the following household items. If you have a special request to add to this list, let me know, and I’ll see what I can come up with.

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From The Kitchen

Toothpicks– Straws – Cardboard Tubes – Glass Jars – Cardboard Boxes – Cans – Water Bottles – Egg Carton – Egg Shells – *Recycled Containers – *Recycled Cups – Skewers – Recycled K-Cups – Sponges – Food Coloring – Zip-Top Bags – Magnets – Bottle and Milk Caps – Potato Chip Container – Chop Sticks – Dish Soap – * Recycled Cans – *Recycled Take-out Containers – Used Coffee Grinds – Coffee Filters –

*Clean recycled items.

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Fun Foods

Vinegar – Baking Soda – Baking Powder – Veggie Scraps – Salt – Popcorn – Beans – Rice – Sugar – Flour – Bread – Cocoa – Eggs – Orange – Banana – Celery – Bones – Ice – Lemons – Oranges – Water – Cabbage –  Potatoes –

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In The Toy Box/Game Room

A ball – Balloons – Old Game Pieces – Lego Pieces – Crayons – Marbles – Dominoes – Ping Pong Balls – Water Gun/Shooter – Picture Books – Bubbles – Hula Hoop –

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Office Supplies

Pencils – Ruler – Paper Clip – Paper – Glue – Tape – Rubber Bands – Binder Clips –

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Around The House

An old CD – Candles – Old Calendars w/ Pictures – Deck of Cards – Dice – Junk Mail – Old Magazines – Spray Bottle (Clean no chemicals) – PVC Pipes – Old Books – Old Paper – Plastic Eggs – Old Greeting Cards – Clothes Pins – Store Flyers –

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From The Bathroom

Cardboard Tubes – Toothbrush – Shaving Cream – Cotton Balls – Cotton Swabs –

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Old Clothing

Socks – Shirts – Pants – Scarves – Old Towels –

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Items From Outside

Sand – Twigs – Flowers – Pine Cones – Leaves – Rocks –

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Craft Cabinet

Glue – Paint – Paint Brush – Scissors – Craft Knife – Sewing Items – Yarn – Markers – Pom-Pom –  Chenille Stems – Clay – Beads – Measuring Tape – Ruler – Construction Paper – Paper – Buttons – Craft Sticks – Felt – Craft Foam –

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Winter Puzzle Fun: Sleigh Ride

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

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How many words can you make from the words:

WINTER SLEIGH RIDE

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

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How long will it take you to solve this online puzzle?

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How many words can you make from the words:

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Funschooling December 2018 Week 4


This calendar was inspired by the activities and suggestions offered on Still Learning Something New’s December Special Days Calendar.

These activities are for the week of December 23 – 31,

but can be enjoyed any time of the season!


December 23


🎅A Visit From St. Nicholas First Released 1823 – Learn about the history of Santa Claus, do a fun craft, and watch the cartoon version of A Visit From St. Nicholas. Read the poem online too.


December 24


🎅🤶Christmas Eve – Wishing you and your family A Very Merry Christmas. Have fun with family and friend.



Egg Nog Day  – Make your own kid-friendly egg nog with this video recipe.


December 25


🎄Christmas Day – Merry Christmas!


Pumpkin Pie Day – Make pumpkin pie right in a pumpkin shell.


Washington crossed the Delaware River 1776 – Listen to the story of Washington Crossing the Delaware River.


December 26


Candy Cane Day – Learn about the history of the candy cane. There are a lot of different flavors available today purchase a few different flavors and video record yourself reviewing them.


Thank You Note Day – Take some time to thank the people who thought about you and your family during the holiday season.


December 27


Fruit Cake Day – Learn the history of the fruit cake and make a Victorian Christmas cake of your own.

Make Cut Out Snowflakes Day – Have a snowflake day! Learn about snowflakes, make some fun treats and crafts, and cut your own snowflakes.


December 28


🍬Chocolate Day – Make your own hot cocoa mix, chocolate lip balm, an old fashion chocolate egg cream, learn about the history of chocolate, and other fun chocolate items.


⏰December 29


Tick Tock Day – Have any last minute business that needs to get done this year? Time is almost up!


December 30


MYO Coloring Book – Make and design your own coloring books using geometric shapes.


December 31

🎉New Years Eve – Happy New Year! Wishing you and your family a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

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