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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Tangle & Zentangle Art


Art and meditation can take on many forms and Zentangle patterns combine both of these awesome things in a creative way. 

If this idea has piqued your interest, there are a few rules you'll need to know before you begin drawing with dots, lines, curves, S-curves, and orbs, and the sites offered below will help you gain an understanding of how to use them to create Zentangle art. 


You'll find some videos at the bottom of this post that offer instructions on how to make these designs as well.


Note: Please feel free to play with the concept of only using dots, lines, curves, S-curves and orbs to make art as well. Consider it a challenge to only use those things in a drawing!

To start creating, you will need: Paper, a pencil, a fine-tipped pen, and an ultra fine-tipped pen

You will also need: A ruler and scissors to cut paper into 3.5" squares or tiles.

Sites to learn from...


Zentangle - Learn how to get started with this meditative art from the people who designed it.


IAMBORED: 30+ Easy Zentangle Patterns to Give You Great Ideas For Your Own Zentangle Art - Answers the question: What is Zentangle? and offers some interesting pattern ideas.


Craft Whack: Inspired by Zentangle Patterns and Starter Pages - Offers printable patterns and ideas for making the designs created a little more interesting.


wikiHow to Make a Zentangle - Explains what a Zentangle is and the difference between a Zentangle and a doodle.


Renee Tougas: A Beginners Guide To Beginning Zentangle  - The author of this site shares her experience with Zentangle, as a beginner.


TanglePatterns: From the site: An index and graphic guide to the best Zentangle® patterns on the web and how to draw them. Also, What is a Zentangle? and why a pattern is not always a tangle.

Art For Kids & Robots: Totally Easy Zentangle - This site offers a couple of kid-friendly Zentangle activities.

Tim's Printables: Circle Templates, Pentagon Template 3", Triangle Template 3", Kite Template 3", Square Template 3" - Use the templates to design creative drawings within or on the outside of the template.

YouTube: Tangle & Zentangle Art Playlist - Includes videos for beginners and advanced designers and pattern ideas.

Here's one of the videos in the list...




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Funschooling Geography

When you make learning fun, a whole new world of possibilities open up and things become much more interesting!
A subject like geography can be very hands-on and one-on-one experiences are really easy to accomplish. 
We find it fun to explore and discover our world in hands-on or experienced-based ways by visiting various places around us and on line. 

Here are some of the places we like to visit so we can learn more about them first hand:

Beaches, Intracoastal areas, estuaries, parks, preserves, historical places and monuments, historical areas around us, old trees, old streets, native American reservations, fresh water lakes, ship yards, different states, different counties, natural events or occurrences, wooded areas, forests, National parks, playgrounds, our yard, our neighborhood, man-made ponds, orchards, groves, zoo, fire stations, police stations, planetariums, science centers, museums, aquariums, recycling centers, farms, cultural centers, farmer's market, fish hatcheries, a pumpkin patch, space centers, air museums, pioneer settlements, preserves, etc..

Here are resource pages for some of the things we've covered that would be recorded under Geography:

The following links will take you to a post on Funschooling & Recreational Learning.

AmericaHawaii - Mayflower - Maryland

The World: Ireland - Ancient GreeceGreat Fire of London - Castle Resources

Animals: Click to link up to animal related posts on this blog.

Foods: Cranberries - Apples Chocolate - French Fries - Pizza - Oranges - Sweet Potatoes - Peanuts - Tomatoes - Beans - Popcorn - Corn Dog - Marshmallows - Strawberries - Cabbage - Pumpkins

Misc..: Volcanoes - Lighthouses - Chinese New Year - Rocks & Minerals - Outdoor Charades - Mummies & Mummification - Pine Trees - Leaf Hunting - Visit A Public Garden

Weather: Snowflakes - Clouds - Hurricanes - Meteorology - Sun Experiments

Seasons: Summer - Autumn/Fall - Winter - Spring - When To Plant

What is geography?

If you are open to the idea of designing your own one-of-a-kind study, then knowing how to record a topic may be important to you, especially if you need to document what's been learned for evaluations or record keeping purposes. 
In short, Geography is the study of the Earth's physical features, how people affect the Earth, and how people are affected by the Earth. This includes but is not limited to:

Mountains, volcanoes, earthquakes, storms, climate, temperature, rivers, deserts, bodies of water, land formations, seasons, latitude, longitude, cities, buildings, digging, clearing forests, mapping, countries, animals, gardening, foods, rocks and minerals, etc..
Wikipedia has an Outline of Geography if you would like to gain a better understanding of the vastness of the subject.



Online Games & Resources

The following links will take you off Funschooling & Recreational Learning.


Cool Math: Geography Games


Sheppard Software: Geography Games




Education.com: Geography

Geography activities that are hands-on and crafty.


National Geographic: Fun Geography & Activities

Enchanted Learning: Geography Activities
Some of these activities may require a membership to print.

Mr. Nussbaum.com: World Geography for Kids
From the site: The Mr. Nussbaum world geography section features numerous interactive maps, activities and games, videos, research information, printables, and much more.

Mr. Donn: Geography
Geography, Lesson Plans, Games, Presentations



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Oysters & Pearls

WikipediaOyster - Information about salt-water bivalve molluscs - types, anatomy, etc..
Pearl - Information about the gemstone, pearl. Etymology, definition, physical properties, fresh and saltwater pearls, creation and much more.

American Pearl: A Brief History of Pearls: How Pearls are Harvested - Article about harvesting pearls, early history of pearl harvesting, and caring for oysters before harvest.


Sustainable Pearls: Harvesting Pearls - A short article about how pearls are harvested.

LiveScience: How Do Oysters Make Pearls? - How natural pearls begin in an oyster shell.

How Stuff Works: Animals: How do oysters make pearls? - Article talks about the natural production of pearls within the oyster's anatomy and how cultured pearls are created.

Oceana: American Oyster - Describes what an oyster is, how it grows/reproduces, and about depleted population due to over-fishing.

Metal Floss - 15 Shucking Amazing Facts About Oysters - This list offers some interesting facts about oysters, such as their ability to filter water, hold back fierce waves, their nutritional value, depletion and restoration projects, and more.

Ideo: Columbia.edu: Commonly seen organisms in Oyster Gardens - PDF: Information about creating an oyster garden - includes predators and reef associates. Includes pictures.

Original Oyster House - 10 Oyster Facts You Didn't Know - Info about oyster gender, oyster beds, human consumption, species, nutrition information, and more.

A-Z Animals: Oyster - Oyster facts, where they can be found, lifespan, color, food, predators, habitat and more.

Nat Geo Sites: Oysters - About oysters: As a food, habitat and range, shells, behavior, and threats to survival.

Rondale's Organic Life: 6 Surprising Things You Should Know About Eating Oysters - Farmed oysters vs wild and the best time to eat them.


Recipes

Food Network: Oyster Recipes - Fried Oysters, Char-Grilled Oysters, Oyster Po' Boy, Grilled Oysters Rockefeller, and more.

Southern Living: South's Best Oyster Recipes - Offers a variety of ways to enjoy oysters including: Grilled, baked, as a pot pie, stew, and a few other methods.

NYT: Cooking: Butter-Fried Oysters - A classic recipe.


Videos

YouTube: Oysters & Pearls Playlist -  Videos include: How pearls are harvested, how pearls are formed, and how to shuck and eat an oyster.
Here's one of the videos that can be found in the list...



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