Summer Wordplay: Words Within Words 1

How many words can you find in the words...



Grab a piece of lined paper, write the words SUMMER NIGHTS on the top of the page, and then find, and write, as many words as you can using the letters provided. Each letter can only be used once, unless there is more than one of that letter. Use a dictionary/spell checker to challenge words or to make sure a word is ‘real’!

When playing the game with multiple players, have players take turns writing down words. Use a timer to give each player between 30 seconds and 1 minute to say a word. If a useable word can not be given, the player can pass his turn to the next player.

Decide how long the game will run or how many words need to be found before starting the game.

If you would like to find out some ways to make this game more challenging, please visit my post Words Within Words where you will find some interesting ways to play and links that will reveal the 'hidden words'.

FYI: More than 1000 words can be made from SUMMER NIGHTS!

Have a fun!
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Experiments You Can Do With The Sun


Have some fun with the sun by doing solar experiments!


You Will Need

 A hot sunny day, dark colored construction paper, various objects that won't melt: A key, leaf, pencil, scissors, etc., crayons, cookie sheet, potholder, aluminum foil, a glass jar, tea bag, old crayons, inexpensive XX-large garbage bags, rubber bands, scissors, 25+' string, and a wide open space

Plan A Family Picnic

'The Picnic' by Thomas Cole
Now that the nice weather is here, plan a picnic for the family!

You will need a small budget for this activity, paper and pencil, and answers to the following questions...

Where will you have it?

A park, beach, playground, near the lake, in your yard or somewhere else.

What foods will you serve?


Plan what foods you'll take with you, this way you can shop and prepare some of your family's favorite dishes before you go.


Here are some menu suggestions:

Cheese and crackers with cut up fruit and veggies.

Hummus, pita chips, and carrot chips.

Sandwiches, fruit and veggies, and chips. Consider stopping at the store on the way and get freshly made sandwiches to enjoy.

Cold chicken with fresh salads: Coleslaw, potato, macaroni, garden, etc..

Salsa, bean dip, and chips with guacamole.

Hot dogs with the works, chips or another quick snack. A lot of parks have grills you can use.

Don't forget to bring something to drink too!

Water, juice boxes, soda, iced tea, lemonade, etc..

What will you do while you're there?

Read - Find a shady tree, lay down a blanket, and read a book out loud together.

Play games - Frisbee, volleyball, tag, basketball, Hot Potato (don't forget the radio!), etc..

Other things to do - Plan a treasure hunt, blow bubbles, make up a game of Outdoor Charades, build a sand castle, etc..

I hope you and your family have a wonderful time!

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Make A Folded Hand Puppet

Have some fun transforming simple and advanced folding projects into hand puppets. There's a little something for all ages and stages of paper folding in the resource section, where you'll find video or written instructions. All you'll need to make these cute little puppets is plain copy paper, craft supplies, and a little creativity and imagination.

The Sun

The Sun

Did you know that as hot as it may be during the summer months, the sun is actually further from the earth than during the winter months? It certainly doesn't feel that way!

Here are some questions to consider...

Ten Fun Projects You Can Do With Symmetry

Something is symmetrical when one half of an object is the mirror image of the other. If you need a little more information about symmetry, the site LINKS Learning has a visual explanation.

Here are some examples of symmetrical things: A triangle, face, butterfly, bugs, and many leaves, flowers and sea shells.


Activity Suggestions

10 Creatively Cool Butterfly Activities

It's butterfly season! That means these beautiful flying creatures can be found fluttering all around your yard, neighborhood, park, and garden in all their colorful glory! If you like, or even love butterflies, then you may find one or more of the following activities really fun!


  • Make a butterfly poster. Base it on the butterfly facts you find most interesting or use a fun and whimsical theme.
  • Plan a butterfly garden. If you have a yard, deck, patio, or an area for a garden, design and plan a colorful garden full of flowers that will attract butterflies. You will need a small budget, lined and copy paper, and a pencil for this activity. Disney has some tips for you!
  • Make butterfly fact cards. Draw, use stickers or graphics, or take pictures of real butterflies, and make a fact card for each of the ones you find most interesting. You can use index cards or cardstock and drawing/craft supplies for this activity.
  • Create your own butterfly. Make a variety of butterflies in a virtual butterfly garden or draw your own one-of-a-kind butterflies. Make up some facts about each one. Ex: Where it lives, what it likes to eat, habits, etc..  
  • Grow your own butterfly. Kits can be found in stores and online. Make sure you get one for your area. You may be lucky enough to find one in your yard to observe as well.
  • Make a butterfly board game. Cut out a butterfly-shaped game board from cardboard, then design a game around it. Make cards, game pieces, and tokens with a butterfly theme as well. You will need craft and drawing supplies.
  • Make up a butterfly action game. Base the game on what you already know about butterflies from your observations. Consider making props from cardboard or foam for the game. Play inside or out.
  • Visit a public garden. Observe butterflies at a public garden, or any place there are flowers, to see how they behave. Consider grabbing a drawing or writing journal to capture the moment. Use a recording device as well.
  • Visit a butterfly house, farm, or garden. This is a great way to observe the different stages of life. Don't forget your journal or camera! A fee may be required for this activity.

Fran's World of Discovery: Butterflies - Links to informative butterfly resources.


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Make A Flag!

June 14th is Flag Day - A day selected to celebrate the American flag.

If you would like to celebrate Flag Day by making and learning about the American flag, I have a post that has a lot of information here. In it you will find information and facts about the American flag, and an easy to make craft.

You may also want to make a flag of your own that represents you and/or your family. So grab some craft and drawing supplies and get creative!

French Fry Project

French Fries
Have you ever wondered where French fries got their start or how they are
made for commercial use? Keep reading to find out!

French fries have been around for centuries, and while no one is exactly sure who invented them first, we do know that they originated in either Belgium or France. There's an interesting history in the argument about who fried the potato first, and if you're interested in learning more about it, you'll find some information below.

What can you do with French fries other than eat them? 

Petals Around The Rose


Answer: 6

Supplies Needed: You will need 5-6 dice to play this game.

What to do: Roll 5 or 6 dice and say the answer. The object of the game is to figure out what the puzzle's pattern is.

Here's what you need to know: