Funschooling News #7

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Are you looking for some great family-friendly activities that will make your week a little more interesting? Then you’ve come to the right place!

 Be sure to scroll all the way down to the Special Days section where you’ll find a fun activity to do or an interesting topic to learn about each day of the week. 

Card Flipping Challenge

There are probability a million games that can be played with a deck of cards! 
Turn a simple deck into a fun educational experience by doing my Card Flipping Challenge. I remember playing card flipping games when I was a kid, and my kids have a good time playing with me now. 
I hope your family enjoys playing as well.

For this activity, you will need: A Deck of Cards Optional: Score keeping materials

I hope something in this post makes you smile!

Homeschool Humor

Still Learning Something New: 
Homeschool Humor – Not Back To School Edition
Here’s a peek at what you’ll find…


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Funschooling Videos

A simple deck of cards can offer hours of engineering fun! The first two videos will offer some tips that’ll help you get started and two videos will introduce you to a Guinness World Record holder who builds amazing structures out of ordinary playing cards. 
The last video will show you how to draw a cool illusion.

Card Stacking

Card Games : How to Build a House of Cards

Make A Card Castle

Largest Card Stacking Structure – Record Holder Profile – 
Bryan Berg – Guinness World Records Pt 1

Largest Card Stacking Structure – Record Holder Profile – 
Bryan Berg Pt.2 – Guinness World Records

How to Draw a 3-D Ladder – Trick Art For Kids

Special Days & Holidays Aug 12-18

Betty Jo, of Still Learning Something New, has posted the newest version of her August 2018 Special Days Calendar. It has a long list of famous birthdays, historical events, interesting days, monthly event and food themes, and more. 
Betty Jo and I have created a Special Days Companion filled with 100 activities you can do as a family during the month of August. To find out more about this wonderful product, click here.

Here are a few of the things on her list and some helpful activities and links:

August is National Park month. Visit a national park close by or plan a family weekend getaway to one further away.

🐘August 12World Elephant Day – Links to information about African and Asian elephants, myths and folklore, jokes and more! Watch the documentary: Elephants On The Run [Wildlife Documentary] | Wild Things.

August 13Annie Oakley born 1860 – 
Learn about the life and accomplishments of Annie Oakley. Links and videos are available in this post.
Still Learning Something New: Annie Oakley – Links to biographical information, quotes, videos and more.

🦎August 14World Lizard Day –  I hope the information in this post inspires you to start a one of a kind lizard study!

August 15: Chocolate Chip Day – Learn about chocolate chips by scrolling down to the bottom of the link provided, then make a batch of chocolate chip cookies!

August 16Tell a Joke Day – Choose some jokes to tell and make up some of your own.

August 17Black Cat Appreciation Day – Learn about black cats and do some fun cat-like balancing acts.

August 18World Honey Bee Day – Learn about honey bees! 
Watch: Amazing Time-Lapse: Bees Hatch Before Your Eyes | National Geographic
Make A: Bee Hummer (craft/science project)

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Fun Ways To Use Toothpicks As A Learning Tool

Toothpicks as a learning tool? Absolutely.

The list below offers some ideas for using toothpicks as a learning tool, and includes activities for building flat and 3-D structures, using them as a writing or drawing tool,  making puzzles, doing tricks,  and for creating and playing homemade games.

I’ve also included a video that shows how these useful wooden sticks are made.

One note of caution, toothpicks have sharp tips. Adult supervision is suggested for younger children.

Here is a list of some of the supplies that will be needed for the suggested activities: Toothpicks, glue, paper, light cardboard, a scissor, ink, paint, paint brush, clay or marshmallows, markers, water, food coloring, a pencil, a container with small holes, and a stopwatch or timer.

1. Use toothpicks to form the letters of the alphabet and words.

2. Dip a toothpick in ink or paint and draw or write with it.

3. Make toothpick pictures. Glue colored or plain toothpicks to a piece of paper.

4. Glue toothpicks together to form a solid structure such as a toothpick bridge, house, tower, etc..Chestnut Toothpick Structure

5. Make 3-D toothpick structures with clay or marshmallows. Try making polyhedrons such as pyramids, chemical models, animals, and other 3-D shapes.

6. Solve toothpick puzzles or do toothpick geometry.

7. Make simple shapes with them. Simply play around with the toothpicks and see what shapes you come up with.

8. Where did the toothpick come from? Find out how toothpicks came into being and how toothpicks are made and packaged.

9. Learn some toothpick tricksThere are some fun tricks you can do with a simple toothpick.

10. Make a spinning color wheelThese are simple to make and fun to play with. You will need a light cardboard box, toothpicks, and paint or markers for this activity. Alternate the colors, draw some shapes, make crazy patterns and see what happens when you spin your wheel.

Stick game Toothpicks11. Make up a toothpick game. Color plain old wooden toothpicks and come up with a game like pick-up sticks with them, design your own games as well. Write down the ones you like the most.

12. Play a Guesstimation game. Take few toothpicks out of their package and toss them lightly on a table, without counting them, guess how many there are and write that number down. Count how many there are and figure out the difference between what you guessed and the actual number. How close was your guess? Play a few more times and see if your guesstimating skills get better the more you play.

13. Toothpick and shaker challenge. This is a great way to build fine motor skills at any age! You will need toothpicks, a cheese shaker or a container with holes on top that will allow a toothpick through it easily, a timer, and paper and pencil for this activity. To play, set a timer for 30 seconds and see how many toothpicks you can get into the container via the small holes on top within that time period. When the time is up, count the toothpicks in the container. Write down the time and the number of toothpicks. Play a few times, then check on your progress. How much better have you gotten since your first try?  Reduce the time allotted and challenge yourself to get as many toothpicks into the container in the fewest seconds possible. For an extra challenge, use a container with smaller holes. Snip the tips off the toothpicks if they are too sharp.

Related Post: Last One StandingThis fun game can be played with toothpicks.

If you would like to access all the videos at once, please visit my Toothpick Playlist on YouTube. Here’s one of the videos in the list…

What are some of the fun and interesting things you like to do with toothpicks? Leave your suggestions in the comments below!

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Inspiring People: Cardstacker


Photo by Kevin Lam from Vancouver, Canada
Guinness World Record holder, Bryan Berg is a self-taught cardstacker. He builds amazing structures out of plain old playing cards.
He doesn’t bend or fold the cards, nor does he use tape or glue to keep them together. 
You have got to see the AWESOME things he can build in order to believe it!



Visit Bryan’s official website to learn how he builds these amazing structures

It may be a good idea to have a deck or two of playing cards handy, because after watching the inspiring works of art done by this gentleman, viewers will want to recreate some of the stunning structures that they see! Some viewers may even be inspired enough to create their own amazing structures!

Tip: Have a recording device handy so that you can capture the budding cardstacker while they are creating a work of art! Take pictures and/or video footage at every stage, and even in between! Use the time-lapse option on your video camera for quicker viewing later on.

 Updated 2020
How This Guy Stacks Playing Cards Impossibly High | Obsessed | WIRED

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