Dragons

Wikipedia: Dragon - Information about this mythical creature, including animals that may have inspired dragons, plus European and Asian dragons. Also:
Dragons in Greek Mythology
Japanese Dragon
List of Dragons in Mythology & Folklore

Smithsonian Magazine: Where Did Dragons Come From - Article talks about the possible origins of dragons.


LiveScience: Are Dragons Real? Facts About Dragons - Article: The history of dragons from a cultural and religious perspective.


American Museum of Natural History: Natural History of Dragons:

Article: How dragons have been described through the ages.

Draconika: Dragons: The History of Dragons - How and where dragons showed up in history.


Mythology Wiki: Dragon - This is a Fandom page with information about dragons: How they are portrayed, attributes, and types. 


The Guardian: Top 10 Dragons in Fiction - Pictures and information about the current top 10 dragons in fiction.


Dragon Tales

World of Tales: Here are some of the folktales that can be found on the site, use the search icon (the magnifying glass in the lower left-hand corner of the page) to look for more dragon related tales from around the world.
The Four Dragons Asian Folktale
The Dragon-Princess - Chinese Folktale
The Dragon's Strength - The Story of the Youngest Prince Who Killed the Sparrow  - Slavic Folktale
The Boy and the Dragon - Canadian folktale
The Dragon's Tail - German Folktale

Lit2Go: Stories from Around the World: “THE DRAGON AND THE PRINCE” (Serbia)This story has a 16 minute audio file you can listen to or read along with. It can be downloaded as well. 

Storyberries: Dragons - This site offers 8 stories about dragons that are kid friendly.

Sam & The Dragon - An illustrated story about Sam and a dragon. (IMHO cute!😉)

How to Draw Dragons
Each site offers step by step instructions.

How 2 Draw Animals: Dragon - This is an advanced drawing.

WikiHow: The 4 Best Ways to Draw a Dragon - A mix of advanced and easy drawing methods.


HelloKids: How To Draw Dragons for Kids - An easy to draw dragon.


Dragoart: Dragons - Site offers quite a few different types of dragon to learn how to draw, easy to advanced.


Videos

YouTube: Dragons Playlist - This list includes information about dragons and dragon activities such as: Origami projects, puppets, and drawing tutorials.
Here's one of the videos in the list...

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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 - Archive - You'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.



Cultural Calendars

Chinese

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.

Mayan

WebExhibits: Calendars Through The AgesThe Mayan Calendar - Information 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 Calendar - Find 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.

Videos

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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25 Fun Activities You Can Do Inside, When It's COLD Outside!



When the temperature drops, and it gets toooo cold to play outside for long, here are some fun things you can do inside!

Below, you will find drawing activities, brain games, dice games, science experiments, paper folding projects, and other fun things that can be found on Funschooling & Recreational Learning. 


1. Learn about Fractals -  There's a good chance that you'll find frost on a window or a snowflake or two to look at for this activity! After you observe them, draw/make a few of your own.

2. Make your own Geometrical Designs - Draw a variety of shapes, add some lines, and grab your coloring supplies for this fun activity!

3. Try Zentangles! - If you enjoy drawing while you're chilling out, you may find this activity de-stressing.

4. Observe Spirals - Spirals are fun to draw and there are a few different types. Find out more by visiting this page...but before you do, make a list of something of the things you can think of that are naturally shaped as a spiral...fruits, animals, plants....

5. Ten Fun Projects You Can Do With Symmetry - Make one half of a picture and give it to someone to finish off in the same way! Draw it, use building toys, Tangram pieces, or something else.

6. Play with Circles - Grab your craft supplies and find out how many cool things you can make from a simple circle.

7. Tangrams - Can you believe that over 5900 puzzles can be made with the 7 shapes offered in this puzzle-game! How many can you make? Find out with the resources on this page. Turn those puzzle pieces into a work of art too.

8. Make Folded Hand Puppet - Create a few puppets, decorate them, and make a puppet show with them.

9. Paper Airplanes - Learn how to fold some simple planes and cool stunt planes, check out the plane that won a world record, and get helpful flying tips.

10. Rainbow Code - Grab a friend and play a game where colors reveal the code.

11. Yatch - Dice Game - There are so many cool dice games out there and this is definitely one of them. Play with a friend, on your own, or on line.

12.  Make your own: Bottle Cap Stamps - Take a minute to raid the recycling bin and take all the bottle caps you can find, big and small, then put on foam sticker on it and get ready to have some fun. Stamp a story or play the brain game offered in this post.

13. Holiday and Winter Origami - Fold a sled, snowman, pine tree, penguin, or a snowflake and make a wintery scene with them.

14. Magic Square Puzzles - In the mood for a brain teaser? Try the Magic Square puzzles in this post, then make some of your own to share.

15. Roman Numerals - Spend some time learning how to add, subtract, and multiply in a fun new way.

16. Hangman/House - Use a whiteboard and colored whiteboard markers to play this old favorite...with a fun twist of course. 

17. Solitaire Challenge #1 Peg Solitaire - Whether you decide make your own game board or print one out, have fun trying to finish this puzzling game with one last piece in the middle.

18. Make Your Own What's Missing Picture You can use stamps, stickers, or draw something out to play this tricky observation game. 

19. Petals Around The Rose Play this brain game on line or with a set of dice. If you figure out the pattern, don't tell anyone, give them a set of dice and let them figure it out for themselves.

20. Snowflake Activities & Resources - Learn about snowflakes in fun new ways, make some of your own, and look at some cool photographs of these elusive little wonders!  

21. Mini Marble Run - This mini marble run is great for older kids who want to do something different. How long can you keep your BB from getting to the end of the run?

22. Make Your Own Tic-Tac-Toe Game Board - Did you know that Tic-Tac-Toe is a strategy game? Grab your craft supplies and make your own board to play on with a friend over and over again.

23. Inspiring People Cardstacker Make sure you have a few decks of cards ready to use after watching what this man can do! Amazing!

24. Bubblegum - Find out who invented bubblegum then how big of a bubble can you make with the activity offered in this post. There's an experiment you can do with chewing gum as well.

25. Shadow Puppets Create your shadow puppets during the day and tell your story while you show them off at night. Perhaps a story about cold wintery night!


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Candle Resource Page

History of Candles and Candle Making

Candles.org: History of Candles - Article includes info about: Early Wicked Candles, Middle Ages, Colonial Times, 19th Century Advances, The 20th Century, and Today's Candles.

Wikipedia: History of Candle Making - Antiquity (What candles were made from), Middle Ages, and Modern Era.

History of Lighting: History of Candles - Development and History of Candle Making - Article includes information about what candles were made with and how candles were used as a timing device.


Candle Making Projects

Family Education: Candle Making - Follow these simple instructions to learn how to make your own candles with your kids.

Martha Stewart: Candle Crafts - Scroll through the suggested candle crafts with the arrows.

She Knows: 12 DIY Projects for Candles - Site offers some ways to use candles as decorative lighting.

Good House Keeping: 7 Crafty Ways to Dress Up Candles - Scroll through using the arrows.

Coloring WS.com: Christmas Candles Coloring Pages - Offers 14 candle related coloring pages.

DLTK: This Little Light - About Me Activity, Christmas Candles

Big DIY Ideas: 40  Simple Candle Making Instructions and Ideas - Offers links to various candle making activities. Click on the word, not the picture, to access instructions.

Activity Village: Candles - Kid friendly projects for candles.


Videos

YouTube: Candle Playlist  -  Learn about the history of candles, how candles are made, how to make an origami candle, and how to draw a candle.
Here's one of the videos in the list...

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Fun Christmas Resources



Funschooling & Recreational Learning: December Activities - Activities Include A Candy Countdown Calendar, a Christmas House, Santa Activities, Holiday Cards, 3-D Ornaments, Snowflakes, Word Games, Star - Shape, and much more. These fun learning activities can be found on this blog.



The following sites have fun printables and things to do for the Christmas Season. Each will take you to a site off Funschooling & Recreational Learning, unless otherwise noted.

Family Education: 12 days of fun (and cheap!) Christmas Activities for Families - Use the arrows to scroll through the pictures to see the ideas.

All Things Topics: Christmas - Offers the following FREE Downloads: Spot the Differences Speaking Activity, Christmas Shopping, 20 Questions about Santa Claus and others.

The Spruce - 50 Fun Teen-Oriented Holiday  - A list of fun things older kids will enjoy doing.

Kids Activities Blog: 70 FREE Christmas Printables - Links to activities off site.

Print Activities.com: Christmas Printables for Kids - Christmas Word Searches, Dot to Dots, Mazes, Word Scrambles, Cryptograms, Boggle Pages, Coloring Pages - Scroll Down to access the activities.

Education.com: Christmas Worksheets - This site offers a variety of printable items such as: Coloring sheets, spot the difference, Dear Santa Letter template, story map, list template, puzzles and others.

DLTK: Christmas Worksheets - Printable activities include: Christmas Anagrams, Writing prompts, puzzles, cryptograms, bitsy books, mazes, math, and more.

Adril Booker: The Ultimate List of Family Advent Activities & Christmas Countdown Fun (Free Printable)From the site - 150+ Advent Activities (or Christmas Countdown Activities) by Category - The categories include: Serving Others, In the Kitchen, Faith-based Activities, Decorating, Outings, Craft & Create, Fun At Home, Watch Your Favorite Christmas Movies, and Winter-Specific Activities. If you give your email to the site, you will get a FREE downloadable version of all 150 ideas.

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Poinsettia Resource Page

Information

University of Illinois Extension: Poinsettia Facts - Interesting facts and information about Poinsettias. Includes anatomy info, history of the plant, and number facts.

The Spruce:  Poinsettias - Keepers or Compost? - Caring For Your Holiday Poinsettia and Getting It To Bloom Again Next Year (How To)

Teleflora: Meaning & Symbolism of Poinsettias - This short article talks about the many names given to the poinsettia, some history about the person it is named after, and what it symbolizes in different cultures.

Why Christmas.com: Poinsettias At Christmas - Where this plant comes from, how it was used by other cultures, plus an old Mexican legend.


Wikipedia: Poinsettia - Description, Religious and Other Traditional Associations, Creation of the American Poinsettia Industry, Cultivation, Diseases, and Toxicity claims.

Crafts

The following sites have instructions for how to make the craft suggested.

DLTK: Paper Poinsettia Flower & Poinsettia Paper Plate Craft

First Palette Kids' Crafts: Poinsettia Ornament

Planet Smarty Pants: Poinsettia Crafts for Christmas - 12 Crafts suggested, most made from recycled items.

Artists Helping Children: Christmas Poinsettias - Three poinsettia crafts are offered on this site: One using cardboard tubes, a coloring page, and a finger print picture.

Super Coloring: Poinsettia Coloring Pages - 6 pages offered.

Coloring.ws: Mistletoe and Poinsettia Coloring Pages - 7 poinsettia coloring pages offered.

Videos

YouTube: Poinsettia Playlist Learn about the history of poinsettia, how to care for them, make some crafts, and listen to a story read by the author.

Here's one of the videos in the list... How to fold a poinsettia flower, origami



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Gingerbread Activities


Picture by Becka Hons
History

Wikipedia: Gingerbread House  - Gingerbread house history, modern times, Guinness World records, and Gingerbread houses.

PBS: History Gingerbread - Article talks a bit about the history of ginger, and where the first gingerbread recipe came from and the inspiration to decorate gingerbread.



Fun Activities

DLTK Site:
Kidzone: Gingerbread Man Theme Unit - 5 Day Theme Unit and Resource List
Felt Gingerbread Man - Links to the poem and a mini-book version as well.
Gingerbread Man Dot Page - Printable activity page.
Gingerbread Man Activities - Clip art, coloring pages, recipes, and craft ideas.
Gingerbread House - Online Jigsaw Puzzle

Enchanted Learning: Gingerbread Man -  Site offers a picture story about the Gingerbread Man and craft ideas. Some activities may need a membership to print.


Mathwire: Winter Math Activities: Gingerbread House - Scroll down to the ginger bread house activities.


ABCya!: Gingerbread House - This site offers people a chance to build a virtual gingerbread house. Choose from an array of items to help you build and design a one of a kind house. Flash Player required to play.



Make Your Own House

Martha Stewart: Swedish Gingerbread House How-To - Scroll through the pictures to see how to construction this house using caramel syrup as the glue!

King Arthur Flour: Construction Gingerbread for Gingerbread Houses and Gingerbread House Cakes - Recipes

Food Network: Gingerbread House - Recipe

PBS: Zoom: Graham Cracker Gingerbread House - An easy to make house made from Graham crackers.

Little Red Window: Tiny Cardboard Gingerbread House - Instructions for making a gingerbread house from recycled cardboard.


Funschooling & Recreational Learning: Christmas/Holiday House - Make a holiday house from a milk carton!

YouTube: Gingerbread Playlist - Make an origami house, learn how gingerbread house kits are made, and watch an gingerbread house competition.

Here's one of the videos in the list...
History: Holiday Foods-Gingerbread Houses




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Bells

Carillon of Peter And Paul Cathedral in Saint-Petersburg
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

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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 
graphics. 

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

DLTK: Christmas Bells and Christmas Bells Coloring Pages


Videos

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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