August Special Days Volume 1 Resource Page

The following resources have been provided to help with the ideas and suggestions in the:

August's Special Days Activity Companion

To purchase this ebook filled with 100 great ideas to companion the days listed below, please use the following link: 

Etsy: August Special Day Activity Calendar

*Look for the coupon code, good for $3.00 off the regular price of $10.00, on the bottom of this page.

  • Spiderman Day

Fran's World of Discovery: Spiderman - Biographical information about the Amazing Spiderman, plus coloring pages, puzzles and videos. Links and videos offered.

  • Engineer Pierre Charles L’Enfant born 1754





  • Watermelon Day

Fran's World of Discovery: 
Watermelon Day - Watermelon resources include: Research questions, information about watermelons and Watermelon Day, recipes, health information, activity suggestions, and crafts.



  • Musician Louis Armstrong

Biography: Louis Armstrong - Biographical information about this amazing musician.



  • Astronaut Neil Armstrong

Fran's World of Discovery: Neil Armstrong - Learn about Neil Armstrong via links, videos and fun activities.
Phases of the Moon - Moon Resources Include: Moon cycles, names, tides, videos and more.

Still Learning Something New: Considering The Moon - Links to moon related resources.



  • Fresh Breath Day


Thank Your Body: DIY Breath Mints




  • Lighthouse Day

Fran's World of Discovery: Lighthouses



Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor's Porch Night


Fran's World of Discovery: Three Sisters - Squash/Pumpkin



  • Book Lover's Day


Fran's World of Discovery: Free Online Classic Book Resources - Download, read online or listen to classic literature.



  • Snoopy's Birthday

Still Learning Something New: Peanuts



  • Play in the Sand Day



Fran's World of Discovery: Play In The Sand - Fun activities you can do with sand. Links and videos.



  • World Elephant Day

Still Learning Something New: Elephants - Links to information about African and Asian elephants, myths and folklore, jokes and more.



  • Annie Oakley

Fran's World of Discovery: Annie Oakley - Learn about the life and accomplishments of Annie Oakley. Links and videos.
Still Learning Something New: Annie Oakley - Links to biographical information, quotes, videos and more.



  • Wiffle Ball



Wikipedia: Wiffle BallInformation about the history of the game.



  • Chocolate Chip Day



Fran's World of Discovery: Chocolate - Learn about the history of chocolate, recipe for an old fashioned chocolate egg cream, chocolate puzzles and links to other chocolate related resources, including chocolate chips.



  • Tell A Joke Day



Reader's Digest: Jokes - 1000's of clean, funny jokes, one-liners and riddles.



  • Black Cat Appreciation Day



Fran's World of Discovery: Black Cats -Find why black cats are considered good luck to some and bad luck to others and do a balancing activity.



  • Virginia Dare

Still Learning Something New: Roanoke Colony



  • Root Beer Float Day


Fran's World of Discovery: Root Beer Float



  • Radio Day
History.com: Guglielmo Marconi - Biographical information about the man who broadcast the first transatlantic radio signal. Article format.



  • Hawaii Statehood



Fran's World of Discovery: Hawaii: Information about Hawaii. Links and videos about the history, culture and attractions. &
Ukulele: Links to the most popular songs, tuner, and info. Videos include: The history of the ukulele, how to make one, and play one.



  • Eat A Peach Day


MedicalNewsToday: Peaches: Health Benefits, Facts, Research - Article about the benefits of peaches.



  • Ride the Wind Day



Fran's World of Discovery: Play With The Wind - Activities you can do with wind power and information about National Ride The Wind Day.



  • Pluto Demoted


NASA: What is Pluto? - Article explains what Pluto is, what it's like, and how it is being explored today.


  • Joshua Lionel Cowen


Fran's World of Discovery: Joshua Lionel CowenLearn about the American inventor who co-found Lionel Corp and the Lionel Train.
Still Learning Something New: Lionel Trains - Biographical information about Cowen, links to train related activities, and videos about Lionel's Train Factory.


  • Mother Teresa



Still Learning Something New: Mother TeresaKid friendly biographical information, timeline info, quotes and more.


  • 1st Tarzan Story Published, 1912
Gutenberg Project: Tarzan - Choose a story you want to read or listen to!


  • Dream Day


Still Learning Something New: Teaching Resources for Martin Luther King Day - Resources include: Background information about the holiday, a quiz, historic site info, civil rights timeline, and more.



  • According to Hoyle Day
Wikipedia: Edmond Hoyle - Short biography about the man who wrote the rules down for many of the well known card games we play today.



  • Frankenstein Day



Fran's World of Discovery: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein - Biographical information about Mary Shelley, and links to her literary works, including her most well known novel, Frankenstein.




  • Kinetoscope



Fran's World of Discovery: Kinetoscope - Kinetoscope resources include, links to informative sites and videos.




Sample Calendar
Sample View of Pages
To purchase this ebook filled with 100 great ideas for the days listed below, please use the following link: 


Etsy: August Special Day Activity Calendar

and use the following $3.00 off *coupon code:

AUGDIS1 

*Coupon code is good until Tuesday, June 25, 2017

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August Special Days Vol. 1 Ebook Announcement!

I'm excited to announce a brand new ebook and my new Etsy store, A World To Discover! I invite you to come check it out to see the new publications I have available.

One of those publications is called...




I've teamed up with Betty Jo Hendrickson of Still Learning Something New to offer ideas and activities that show homeschool parents, educators, families, event planners, babysitters, libraries, recreational leaders, club leaders, and anyone who plans monthly activities for others, how helpful and useful her awesome list of Special Days can be to them!


This marvelous collection of 100 ideas and activities is suitable for all grade levels and ages, and covers a variety of subjects and diverse topics! 


About this publication:



  • It has been written and developed by Fran Wisniewski and Betty Jo Hendrickson.
  • Has 100 easy to use ideas/activities!
  • It's 23 pages long and printer friendly.
  • Contains record keeping pages for home-educators and anyone interested in keeping track of the activities that have been used.
  • Is an Instant Digital Download: 1 PDF
  • Contains Family friendly activities.
  • Has a printable recipe and craft section.


I hope you'll take the time to check it out.


The regular price of this publication is $10, but if you use the special coupon code provided, you'll get $3 off! It only lasts until Tuesday June 27, 2017 so make sure you take advantage! 


This is the coupon code:  AUGDIS1 


Click here or the link below to go to the store and get your copy today!


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Sample Pages:












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Celebrate America Ebook Announcement!

I'm excited to announce a brand new ebook and my new Etsy store, A World To Discover! I invite you to come check it out to see the new publications I have available.

One of those publications is patriotic in nature and out just in time to celebrate Fran's World of Discovery's 7th year and the 4th of July!

'Celebrate America' is a 28 page publication, written and developed by me, Fran Wisniewski. It has more than 12 fun and inspiring family-friendly activities that include: Games, recipes, craft projects, word puzzles, and ideas that help spark creativity. Printer-friendly templates, game pieces, and coloring pages have also been provided.

This publication is great for families who enjoy learning and playing together, self-directed learners, and anyone looking for activities related to America, or America's Independence Day, that are fun and creative.

This publication contains: 

6 Craft project ideas, 1 doubles as a game,  3 Yummy Kid-Friendly Recipes, 1 Drawing activity, 2 Games, 2 Printer Friendly Word Finds w/solution pages: 1 easy, 1 more difficult, 4 patriotic coloring pages and a set of printable trivia cards.

I hope you'll take the time to check it out.

The regular price of this publication is $10, but if you use the special coupon code provided, you'll receive a $3 savings until Sunday June 25, 2017CELEAMVOL1 


Sample Pages:


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Play With The Wind

One of the best ways to learn about math and physics at the same time is to play with the wind! Here are some of the fun things you can do with the wind located here on Fran's World of Discovery:

Fly a Kite -  How kites works, how to make and fly them. Includes stunt kites.


Bird Watch - Bird watching activities, bird treat ideas, and links to bird-related activities and information.


Blow Bubbles - Experiment with bubbles by making your own solution, and links to information to learn about what's so fascinating about bubbles and bubble experiments.


Fly Paper Airplanes - Get instructions for making paper planes, tips and suggestions for flying them, and Guinness info.


Pom-Pom Shooter - Watch how the wind can carry a pom-pom and predict where it will land.


Play with Balloons - Information about balloons and instructions for the game Balloon Badminton.


Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride - Hot air balloon resources including the history of the first flight, the inventors, how it work, and printable activities and craft ideas. Plus activity suggestions and videos.





National Ride The Wind Day is celebrated on August 23 of each. It is meant to celebrate the anniversary of the first human-powered flight to win the Kremer Prize. Here are some of the fun ways you can celebrate the day as a family!


Hang glide - Paraglide - Windsurf - Play Frisbee - Make a Paper Sailboat

Make a Windmill 

To Learn More About National Ride The Wind Day please visit the following sites:


National Day Calendar: National Ride the Wind Day


Days of the Year: Ride the Wind Day


Time & Date: Ride Like The Wind Day



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Make & Fly Kites

Scholastic Activity: Make a Kite - Offers simple instructions for making a one
of a kind kite.

Cool Math: Kites - The properties of a kite: area, perimeter, interior angles, diagonals, length ect..

Wikipedia: Sport Kites: Info about sport kites aka stunt kites, also Kites: History of, materials, uses and more.

My Best Kites: Stunt Kites - Information for making and flying kites.

How Stuff Works: Kite Activities for KidsHow to Make a Tiny Straw Kite, and How to A Paper Kite for Kids - Make a Kite from a Lunch Bag

Skatch-Pad: Make Your Own Kite - Simple instructions for making a custom kite.

How to Make & Fly Kites - Offers instructions for 19 different kites.


NASA: Forces on Kites -  Explains aerodynamic forceKite Construction - Kite anatomy, and Kites - History of kites, types of kites, forces on a kite, and flying.

YouTube: Kite Playlist - Learn how to make kites and how to fly them.
Here's a sample video:




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Joshua Lionel Cowen

Joshua Lionel Cowen
Wikipedia: Joshua Lionel Cowen - Read about the American inventor who co-founded Lionel Corporation.

The Great Idea Finder: Joshua Lionel Cowen - Site offers biographical information and timeline of the man's life.


Lionel: About Lionel - A short biography about Joshua Lionel Cowen and a History of Lionel Trains in a timeline format.


The Inventors: Invention of the Flashlight - A short bit of information about Cowen and his accomplishments.


Still Learning Something New: Lionel Trains - Links to information and videos about Joshua Lionel Cowen and toy trains.


YouTube: Joshua Lionel Cowen Playlist - Check out the videos added to this list. Here's one of them...





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Hawaii

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!

Fran's World of Discovery: 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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Annie Oakley


Wikipedia:  Annie Oakley - Early life, debut and marriage, career and
touring, shooting prowess, and more. Includes photos.

Buffalo Bill Center of the West:  Annie Oakley - Biographical information and a short video.

Biography: Annie Oakley - Offers a short bit of information and a short video.

History: 10 Things You May Not Know About Annie Oakley - 10 Short facts.

HistoryNet: Annie Oakley - Biographical information in an article format. Originally published in Wild West.

Still Learning Something New: Annie Oakley - Links to other Oakley related information and a short video.

Video: Women of the Wild West


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Play In The Sand


Build A Sand Structure

Sandstorm: How To Build A Sand Sculpture - Information about what it takes to build with sand.

Sandscapes: The Complete Sand Sculpture - "How-To" and Construction Manual.


Personal Zen Garden

wikiHow To Make A Zen Garden for your Desk - Illustrated instructions show you how to make your own Zen Garden.

All Free Crafts: Miniature Zen Garden - Instructions to make a small Zen garden and some of the health benefits.


Make A Sand Pool

Premeditated Leftovers - Frugal Fun Tip: Turn a Kiddie Pool into a Sand Box with a Cover

Playtivities: 17 Creative DIY Sandbox Ideas - Site offers a variety of sandbox designs and themes.


What is Sand?

LiveScience: What Is Sand? & Science of Summer: Where Does Beach Sand Come From? - Articles about what sand is made up of.


Videos

YouTube: Sand Playlist - Learn about sand, make a Zen garden, and learn how to sculpt sand. Here's one of the videos you can view in the playlist...




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Father's Day Resources

DLTK: Dad - Gift and card ideas, printable certificates, songs and more.

The Holiday Spot: Father's Day - Learn the history of father's day, get gift ideas and more.

Enchanted Learning: Father's Day - Craft and homemade gift ideas.

Parent: Activities to make Father's Day more special - Eleven activities to do with kids on Father's Day.

Reader's Digest: 17 Father’s Day Activities Your Dad Will Appreciate - Activities for all kinds of dads: Camping dads, Paintball dads, Golf dads and many others!

YouTube: Father's Day Gift Ideas Playlist - Gift and card ideas.

Here's one of the videos you can find in the playlist:


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