Motorcycle Word Find

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Find the 30 words hidden within this motorcycle themed puzzle! 

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1 - 3 page PDF file that includes:

1 - Full page printer-friendly word find (11 x 8.5).

1 - Full page Printer-friendly vertical version of same word find (8.5x11).

1 - Answer page (11x8.5). 

Pages are not editable.


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Create Your Own Animal Study



A great way to begin your study is to make a list of animals you want to learn about, then brainstorm some ways you can learn about the ones you are most interested in. 

One of the easiest and least expensive ways to learn about animals is to get information from the library, used bookstore, or on line. Look for videos that feature or include the animals you are interested in too. If you have Netflix, Amazon, or another streaming service, search for your interests there as well. Our family LOVES animals and we've studied quite a few of them. You'll find our animal resource pages listed here on this blog, they include links to other sites and videos. Some have game ideas, projects, and/or experiments.

Here are some great field trip ideas!

Books, videos, and websites are excellent learning tools, especially when you can't learn about animals first hand, but learning via experience and observation is even more awesome. Here are a few of the ways we've learned about animals first hand. Don't forget to bring your writing journal, sketch book, paints, or camera. Oh and maybe an animal guidebook too!
  • Go outside. Your own yard or neighborhood may have a variety of animals you can watch on a daily basis. Consider bringing some to you by putting up a bird feeder. If you dig in the dirt, you may find bugs, worms, moles, and other interesting creatures. Take some of those worms fishing with you!
  • Start a compost bin.Turn your food scraps into a bug experiment.
  • Go for a hike. If you have a park, preserve, or a wooded area near you, check it out to see who's there. You may be pleasantly surprised.
  • Visit a wildlife preserve. Do a quick search on line or talk to other people who may know of a wildlife preserve in your area.
  • Visit a pet store. Make arrangements with a pet store to get a tour. You can do this with a group or a few families if they won't allow a private tour. Ask questions.
  • Talk to a pet owner. Make arrangements to visit someone who owns or cares for an animal you are interested in learning about.
  • Go to a zoo. There are all kinds of zoos these days! Check and see if there is a specific zoo or center that features the animal you are most interested in learning about. Get a zoo membership so you can visit as often as you like and to stay informed about the special programs they offer. Don't forget petting zoos too! You'll get to touch the animals while you're there.
  • Visit an aquarium. If you are into sea creatures/life, then you'll want to visit an aquarium. If you have a zoo membership, some aquariums will allow you in for free or offer you a discount to visit them.
  • Visit an estuary. If you are near or can get to the wetlands around you, you'll be able to check out all the different types of animals while you are there.
  • Go to the beach or inter-coastal areas. A less expensive way to see local sea life is to visit the areas around the ocean. You'll be able to collect shells, observe various birds, crabs, sand fleas, and other creatures while you're there. You may even see a dolphin surfing in the waves!
  • Visit an animal sanctuary. Check your local listings for people who run/care for a sanctuary. Some places allow visitors in for a small donation - money or food for the animals.
  • Visit an animal shelter. Dogs, cats, rabbits, etc.. love to get pet and played with. Check with your shelter before you go to see if they allow this and what's required if they do.
  • Go to a science center. Many science centers will have a small area with live animals and programs related to them.
  • Arrange for an animal related program. Most places that feature animals will have a tour or some kind of program you can arrange to attend. Find out if you need a group or can join a scheduled tour.
  • Check out a local pond, lake, or another body of water. Observe the animal life all around you. Visit during different times of the year to see who the regulars are and who braves the cold weather.
  • Walk through a public garden. If you have the chance, plan a trip to a public garden and you'll get to see a variety of insects busily pollinating the flowers and foliage.
  • Plan a trip to Sea World, Busch Gardens, or Animal Kingdom. These places make great family vacation spots!
If you are really interested in animals and want to get more involved, here are some things you can do...
  • Volunteer. Most places need all the volunteers they can get. Many require kids to be a certain again, or require a parent to accompany minors. Some of the places to inquire at: Zoos, aquariums, sanctuaries, shelters, animal clinics/vet offices, science centers, specialty animal facilities (ex: reptile house), etc..
  • Become a docent/volunteer for an animal related program. If you really know your stuff, some places will allow teens to docent or help with a traveling petting zoo.
  • Get a pet. One of the best ways to learn is to experience it for yourself long term. Research all you can before you take the plunge.
  • Join an animal rescue project. You can join something with local meetings, or that sponsors theme related festivals and awareness programs such as Turtles, whales, sharks, manatees, water preservation, etc.. Check out a local Audubon society too.
  • Look for programs. Keep your eyes and ears open for program opportunities that feature animals in your community. Libraries sometimes offer programs that feature animals - ask them if they have anything schedule or make a suggestion.
Many zoos offer courses and classes, they won't be free, but it can make a great gift idea or a budget goal.

Honestly, this short list only scratches the surface of some of the awesome ways you can learn about the animal kingdom first hand. 
Please help make this list longer by leaving some suggestions in comments.

If you would like more tips for designing one of a kind studies, please read these posts:

Design Your Own One-of-a-Kind Study

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Butterfly Activity Pages

Introducing: Butterfly Puzzle Pages!

This Butterfly themed publication has seven (7) games, puzzles, and activities that can be played alone and with others.

Activities include:

- Butterfly Word Find


- Butterfly Word Scramble Activity


- Butterfly ABC Order Activity


-  Butterfly Pixel Art


- Name Ten Butterflies Activity


-  Butterfly Rebus Puzzle


- Finish The Butterfly Drawing Activity 


Also included:

Answer section for the puzzles.


This is a 2 page PDF with 4 sections per page.


The printable pages can be laminated for long term, repeated use. Use a wipe-off marker for laminated pages.

Cardstock paper is recommended when printing with the intention to laminate.

Pages are not editable.

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Fun Ways To Use Toothpicks As A Learning Tool



  • Use toothpicks to form the letters of the alphabet and words.
  • Dip a toothpick in ink or paint and draw or write with it.
  • Make toothpick pictures. Glue colored or plain toothpicks to a piece of paper.
  • Glue toothpicks together to form a solid structure such as a toothpick bridge, house, tower, etc..
  • Make 3-D toothpick structures with clay or marshmallows. Try making polyhedrons such as pyramids, chemical models, animals, and other 3-D shapes.
  • Make simple shapes with them. Simply play around with the toothpicks and see what shapes you come up with.
  • Learn some toothpick tricksThere are some fun tricks you can do with a simple toothpick.
  • 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.
  • Play a Guesstimate 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 gets better the more you play.
  • 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 and see how much you improve from the 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.
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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Summertime Puzzle Fun


Introducing: Summertime Puzzle Fun!

This Summertime themed publication has six (6) games, puzzles, and activities that can be played alone and with others.

Activities include:

- Summertime Word Find

Summertime Words Within Words Game

Summertime A-Z

- Tic-Tac-Toe Game Board

Summertime Guess My Word

- Dot grid for making designs and game play.

Also included:
Instructions for how to play Words within Words

Answer section with ice cream cones and beach ball icons for the Tic-Tac-Toe game

This is a 2 page PDF with 4 sections per page.

Great for traveling, family fun time, or for something enjoyable to do!

The printable pages can be laminated for long term, repeated use. Use a wipe-off marker with laminated pages.
Cardstock paper is recommended when printing with the intention to laminate.

Pages are not editable.

For personal use only. Print as many pages as you like, but do not resell this file or any printed material for profit. 
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Ways To Learn About History....Without A Textbook


History can be one of the most interesting and exciting subjects you can learn about... but textbooks tend to deliver information in the dullest ways possible!
Here are some interesting ways to learn about history that are much more true to life.

Museums - There are many different types of museums that can be visited in person and virtually. Check for art, science, historical, and specialty museums. Look into getting a yearly membership so you can visit them all as often as you like. See if you can arrange for a tour.

Go To A Reenactment - Check out your community calendar for locations, dates, and times of local reenactments and plan a trip to those further away.

Visit An Old Structure - There are beautiful old buildings with amazing architecture to see in historic districts, and old period houses that have been preserved. Do a search or ask someone what's available in your area.

Visit A House Museum In Your Area - Some areas have an old house or building you can visit for free or a low fee. It's like stepping back into history because it often looks like it did when the place was lived in. If there is a tour available, take it so you can learn more about it.

Check Out Old Ruins - Is there an old farm or plantation you can visit in your area? Many places are turned into parks and preserves. Watch for archaeological discoveries in your area too. Plan a trip to a ruin of interest.

Visit An Old Cemetery - Walk through an old cemetery respectfully to see how long people lived.

Visit A Monument - Make a plan to visit a local monument and use the library or the Internet to learn about the history behind it. Take a tour, read books, and websites, and watch documentaries, etc..

Watch A Documentary - Many modern documentaries are very interesting and informative. Check local listings and YouTube.

Talk To Someone Older Than You - Ask questions about days gone by. Talk to a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, or visit a nursing home to talk to someone older.

Listen To A Historical Storyteller - Some people tell stories about the good old days, take time to listen to what they have to say and the way they say or sing it. Libraries often bring people in, check your library to see if they have anything scheduled or make a suggestion. Check YouTube for videos that feature storytellers.

Do A Craft From An Era Of Interest - A lot can be learned about a culture via their crafts and traditions. Choose a time period and look for some craft ideas. Make traditional foods too!

Watch An Old Movie - Old black and white movies are easy to come by these days - check your local listings for programming info... Observe the language used, the way they dress, how people lived and interacted with each other, the music being played... of course you can watch something in color as well! What was life like without cell-phones, computers, and cars??? Ask someone who can explain things to you so you can gain a better understanding of the historical value of what you are seeing.

Read An Biography or An Autobiography - Reading a historical perspective can help you take a step back in time and take you to a place you wouldn't normally be able to go. Look for graphic novels too!

Take A Step Back In Time - Visit a pioneer settlement (museum), historical village, castle, an old fort, become part of a reenactment, or go to a renaissance fair/festival etc..


Visit An Old Fort, Battleground, Landmark, etc. - Visit local sites or plan something in another state.

Go to the library, book store, or use the internet to learn about historical places such as castles, ancient buildings, people, inventors, and other fascinating things.

Keep in mind that there are a lot of virtual tours of places, people, and things of interest you can check out on the Internet. 

Bring your camera with you so you can capture the things you discover.

Funschooling and Recreational Learning has a quite a few resources pages relating to history. I hope you'll check some of them out!

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Sir Conan Doyle Puzzle Page


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Funschooling Press

The Sir Conan Doyle Puzzle Page has 3 fun word puzzles to do:

1 Word Find (12 words)

1 Word Scramble (11 words)

Cryptograms (4 Codes to break) - Dancing Men Code Font

The word find and scramble are based on the life of Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes.

This is an Instant Download - A Digital File. No physical item will be shipped.

Upon payment, you will receive:


1 - 2 page PDF file that includes:

1 - Full page with the following puzzles:  Word find, word scramble, and cryptogram (8.5 x 11).

1 - Answer page. 

Pages are not editable.

For personal use only. Print as many puzzles as you like, but do not resell this file or any printed material for profit.

For commercial use, please contact me directly.

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Fun Ways To Learn At A Public Garden



There are a great many benefits to walking through a public garden, and if you ever taken the time to visit one in your community or area, you know it can be a peaceful and relaxing place that leaves you refreshed from the experience. It is also a great place to give your observation skills a workout because of all the sites, smells, and sounds that naturally occur everywhere.



Here are some fun learning activities you can do while you are there that can enhance the experience!

  • Identify the flowers, plants, and trees you see around you.
  • Observe the wildlife that comes to visit the plants. 
Use the Shazam for Nature app to help you identify plants and animals you don't know.
  • Join a garden association or society or volunteer your time to a community or public garden. Compare different gardens if you can visit a few of them. Volunteer to learn how they work and the amount of work it takes to keep them going as a valuable part of the community.
  • Look around to see who's pollinating the plants and how it's being done.
  • If you can, find dead plants/insects to observe. Take a pocket microscope or magnifying glass with you so you can get a closer look.
  • Read the map of the area, if one is offered.
  • Make a map of the areas you visited/enjoyed the most. How did you get to your favorite spot?
  • As you walk around, identify the scents and sounds around you. Take a deep breath and do your best to identify specific scents.
  • Put a name to the colors you see. A general color my be yellow, blue, red, green, etc., but then there are more sophisticated names for shades of colors such as buttercup yellow, fuchsia pink, azure, avocado, etc..


  • Find a quiet place to draw or paint what you see. If you enjoy drawing or painting, bring your supplies with you and enjoy being outside doing what you love.
  • Talk to the botanist, horticulturist, or the garden's caretaker(s) and ask them questions about the things you find most interesting. A public garden near me allows us to take native plants to grow in our own yard and the caretaker is always eager to share her knowledge with us.

  • Find patterns within the flowers/plants and animals around you. Natural patterns are everywhere in nature. If you look around you'll find them.
  • Sit down and observe the day and area around you. Find a comfortable spot to sit and be for a while and observe the sites, sounds, and smells all around you. Close your eyes and take it all in. It's a great way to release stress.
  • Take pictures and videos. Take pictures and videos of the things you see and do. Use them to create a nature scrapbook, to help identify the things you saw, or to remember the great time you had! Post them to your blog or social media page.

  • Participate in a public vegetable garden. Many communities have areas were you can grow a garden to share with others.
Don't forget to pack a lunch with you so you can spend the day exploring and discovering the gardens you visit!


    What are some of the fun and interesting things you like to do when you visit a public garden? Leave your suggestions in the comments below!

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    Edgar Allan Poe Puzzle Page

    Now available as a instant digital download on the Funschooling Press

    The Edgar Allan Poe Puzzle Page has 3 fun word puzzles to do:

    1 Word Find (12 words)

    1 Word Scramble (11 words)

    Cryptograms (4 Codes to break)

    The word find and scramble are based on the life of Poe.


    This is an Instant Download - A Digital File. No physical item will be shipped.

    Upon payment, you will receive:


    1 - 2 page PDF file that includes:

    1 - Full page with the following puzzles: Word find, word scramble, and cryptogram (8.5 x 11).

    1 - Answer page. 

    Pages are not editable.

    For personal use only. Print as many puzzles as you like, but do not resell this file or any printed material for profit. 
    Copyright © by Fran W and Funschooling Press. All rights reserved.

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    12 Fun Ways To Learn In The Park


    Explore the trails. As you walk through the trails, look around at the wildlife and plants, and try to identify as many as you can. You may find the free app Shazam for Nature helpful for identifying local plant life. Bring a pocket microscope or a magnifying glass along with you to get a better look at things!

    Count how many times it takes to swing really high. Pump your legs at various speeds and count how many times it takes to swing as high as you like to go. How much force does it take to get to a comfortable speed?

    See who's hanging out at the pond. If your park has a pond, or a body of water within it, identify who's hanging out in it or visiting at the time. Observe, take pictures, or draw what you see. Supervision suggested.

    Draw or take pictures/videos of the things you see and do. Bring your sketchbook and colored pencils or painting supplies along with you, or a camera to record what you see.

     Start a game of tag with some of the other people in the park.

    Take sporting equipment with you. Bring a Frisbee, tennis equipment, a playground ball, basket ball, baseball equipment, or a kite, with you to play with and invite some other people to join you.

    Find a couple of sticks and have a race with someone else. Bring a friend and a stopwatch and see how fast you can run from one stick to another. Think of some other fun games you can play with a stick or two.

    Bring chalk to draw with. Make a hopscotch board and invite someone to play with you.

    Bring your skates, bike, or a skate board. Ride the bike trails if the park has one or skate in the skate park. Don't forget your safety gear!

    Bring a friend or a pet to play with.

    Bring some toys to play with. Consider bringing sand toys, dump trucks, dolls, action figures, etc..

    Play on the playground equipment available.

    People watch. Sit on a bench and observe what other people are doing.

    Don't forget to pack water and a snack or lunch to enjoy when you take a break from having fun!

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


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