Yacht - Dice Game

Yacht, better known by its commercial name Yahtzee, started around 1938, and has many excellent educational benefits, in addition to being a fun and exciting dice game to play! It can be played by one player, multiple players, or as a team, and can be played at just about any age. 

Note: Very young children should be supervised so they don't swallow the dice. Large dice can be purchased and used to play instead.

Learning Perks...

As you may already know, games are an excellent way to learn or hone multiple skills at once. Yacht is no exception! Here are a few of the more obvious educational perks, or benefits of the physical game:


  • Yacht has a strong basis in math, mainly: Counting, addition, and multiplication, and sometimes, depending on how you tally the dice, subtraction.
  • Mental math skills are used to quickly total up the dice thrown.
  • Writing Skills: Players need to keep track of their score by writing them down on the score sheet, which is a chart. 
  • It is naturally a game of: Probability, strategy, problem solving, deductive reasoning, and decision making.
  • Young children, people with special needs, and older people can build dexterity by picking up the dice, putting them into a cup, shaking them, and spilling them out. Larger dice can be used as well.
  • Observation skills and quick thinking are needed to make decisions.
  • Learn how to be a good sport when things go wrong... or right!
  • Empathy for other players when they are trying to reach a goal and succeed or fail.
  • Being supportive when a goal is not reached.
  • Following the rules.
  • Waiting for your turn increases attention span!
  • Reduces stress when you keep it fun and interesting!!!

What you need to play...

5 dice, pencils, instructions, and a scoring sheet

Optional items include: A cup and something to throw the dice into such as a bowl. You can also purchase the full game. Look for Yahtzee game sets in the toy department of your favorite store or online.

The History of the Game, The Rules, Downloadable Score Sheets, Fun Ways to Play, Online Resources and Videos...


Wikipedia: Yacht (dice game) - Information about the game, its history, and how to play. Also see Yahtzee for information about the commercial game made by Milton Bradley.

Math Is Fun: Yacht - Play a one player online version.

Game Rules Guru: Yacht - Game instructions and downloadable score sheets for Yacht.

Yacht Lawn Dice Game: PDF Scoring Sheets - Free. This scoring sheet is for the Lawn version of the game. See video below for how to make outdoor dice.

Yahtzee Online: Printable Yahtzee Score Sheet - Printable score sheets, score cards, and Triple Yahtzee Score Cards. All PDF format.

Memory Improvement Tips: Printable Yahtzee Score Sheets - Large print format available. Prints full page. Also offers Team Play Version of the score sheet.

TIP: Look for an app for the game in your favorite App Store as well!

YouTube: Yacht Playlist - How to make your own lawn dice, how to play the game, and probability of Yahtzee. Here's a video from the list...



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Johnny Appleseed 4 in 1 Puzzle Page w/ Answers & Instructions

Johnny Appleseed 4 in 1 Puzzle Page w/ Answers & Instructions is a 2 page PDF instant download that can be found in my Etsy store, A World To Discover, for only $3!

All puzzles are related to Johnny Appleseed’s life.

Page #1: The 4 in 1 Puzzle Page Includes: 


  • 1 Word Find
  • 1 Word within Word Game
  • 1 Criss-Cross Puzzle and 
  • 1 Word Scramble Puzzle

Page #2: The 4 in 1 Answer/Instruction Page Includes:

Answers to: The Word Find, Criss-Cross Puzzle, and Word Scramble Puzzle and Instructions for the Words Within Word Game. 

This puzzle page can be used with the Johnny Appleseed Resource Page that can be found on Funschooling & Recreational Learning!


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October Special Days Activity Companion Vol 1

I have a brand new ebook to offer you this month! It's called...


I've teamed up with Betty Jo Hendrickson of Still Learning Something New again to offer you more terrific ideas and activities for some of the events, birthdays, and fun and interesting days that can be celebrated during the month of October!

Each of the days we've chosen are meant to help offer homeschool parents, educators, families, event planners, babysitters, libraries, recreational leaders, club leaders, and anyone who plans monthly activities for others, some fun ways to use Betty Jo's awesome list of Special Days!

This wonderful collection of over 120 ideas and activities is suitable for all grade levels and ages, and covers a variety of subjects and diverse topics! This month's issue offers alternate activity suggestions for families that do not celebrate Halloween.

About this publication:



  • It has been written and developed by Fran Wisniewski and Betty Jo Hendrickson.
  • Has 120+ easy to use ideas/activities and includes some delicious recipes.
  • It's 16 pages long and printer friendly.
  • 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 for the low price of $5.00!


Etsy: October Special Days Activity Calendar


Sample Pages:












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October Special Days Volume 1 Resource Page

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

To purchase this 16 page ebook filled with 120+ great ideas that companion the days listed below, for $5, please use the following link: 

Etsy: October Special Day Activity Calendar

The following links will take you to a post on Funschooling and Recreational Learning, Still Learning Something New, or to another site. Each is noted.


Oct. 1 Model T Ford introduced 1908
Funschooling & Recreational Learning: Ford’s Model T


Oct. 2 Farm Animals Day


Oct. 3 SOS (distress code) established 1906
Funschooling & Recreational Learning: SOS


Oct. 4 Cinnamon Roll Day


Oct. 5 Physicist Robert Hutchings Goddard born 1882
Funschooling & Recreational Learning: Robert Hutchings Goddard


Oct. 6 Mad Hatter Day
Alice In Wonderland: Mad Tea Party Ideas and Games


Oct. 7 Physicist Niels Bohrs born 1885
Funschooling & Recreational Learning: Niels Bohrs


Oct. 8 Face Your Fears Day
How Stuff Works: Inside the Mind - How Fear Works


Oct. 9 Chess Day
Funschooling & Recreational Learning: Chess


Oct. 10 Cake Decorating Day


Oct. 11 Apollo 7 Launched 1968
Funschooling & Recreational Learning: Apollo 7

Oct. 12
Cookbook Launch Day


Oct. 13 US Navy Established 1775
Funschooling & Recreational Learning: US Navy


Oct. 14 President Dwight D. Eisenhower Born 1890
Still Learning Something New: Resources for Presidents


Oct. 15 I Love Lucy Premier 1951
Funschooling & Recreational Learning: I Love Lucy


Oct. 16
Noah Webster born 1758/Dictionary Day/Learn A Word Day
Funschooling & Recreational Learning: Words Within Words


Oct. 17 Author Arthur Miller born 1915
Funschooling & Recreational Learning: Arthur Miller
Still Learning Something New: Salem Witch Trials


Oct. 18 Alternative Fuel Day
Funschooling & Recreational Learning: Experiments You Can Do With The Sun
National Renewable Energy Laboratory: Learning About Renewable Energy

Oct. 19 Author/Illustrator Ed Emberly born 1931
Funschooling & Recreational Learning: Ed Emberly


Oct. 20 Monster Mash Day
Funschooling & Recreational Learning: Monster Mash
Still Learning Something New: Monsters!


Autumn Leaves
Funschooling & Recreational Learning: Fall Leaves
Science Sparks: Autumn Science Activities


Oct. 21 Apple Day
Funschooling & Recreational Learning: Apple Research Project


Oct. 22 Daniel Boone born 1734
Still Learning Something New: Daniel Boone


Oct. 23 Mole Day
ACS: Chemistry for Life: Mole Day


Oct. 24 Food Day
PBS: Videos - What Do Animals Eat?
                        How Animals Use Their Senses to Find Food
                        How Plants Get Food
                     
Oct. 25 Magic Week begins
Funschooling & Recreational Learning: Magic Tricks Resource Page


Oct. 26 Red Cross Founded 1836


Oct. 27 Tell A Story Day
Funschooling & Recreational Learning: Tell A Story


Oct. 28 Statue of Liberty dedicated 1886
The Real Life (Youtube): Virtual Field Trip - Statue of Liberty


Oct. 29 Cat Day
Funschooling & Recreational Learning: Domesticated Cats Resource Page


Oct. 30 Candy Corn Day
National Confectioners Association: Candy Corn History, How is Candy Corn Made, Fun Facts


Oct. 31 All Hollows Eve/Halloween
Funschooling & Recreational Learning: Halloween & Pumpkins



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Fall Activities

The following activities can be found on Funschooling & Recreational Learning for the fall season. You will find posts for many fall related activities, holidays, events, and foods that can be found on this blog.

Fall

Fall Holidays & Events


Fall leaves



Fall & Leaf Activities


Autumn/Fall


Fall Equinox


Fall Holidays and Events


Leaf Identification Activities


Leaf Prints & Stencils

Colorful Leaf Rubbings


Leaf People & Creatures


Experiment: Chromatograph of Leaves


Leaf Hunting Activities



Halloween Related Activities



Halloween Activities

Halloween Resources

Scavenger Hunt

Trick or Treating

Jack 'O Lantern

Trick or Treat Bag

Create Spooky Sound Story

Grave Stones

Masquerade Masks

Haunted House

Pumpkin Luminary

Ghosts:
Ghost Pops 

Paper Bag Ghost 

Ghost in the Graveyard Game

Balloon Ghost 

Recycled Ghost

Super Easy Ghost


Animals
Bats

Bat Resource Page

Black cats

Frog Research Project

Lizard Resource Page

Owls

Spiders

Wild Turkeys

Wolf Resources


Thanksgiving Related Activities

Thanksgiving

Balloon twist turkey

An Introduction to the Three Sisters


Three Sisters: Corn

Three Sisters: Beans

Three Sisters: Pumpkin

A Brand New World

Fall Cut-Outs

Harvest/Thanksgiving Lantern

Turkey Game and Activities

History of Thanksgiving

The Mayflower

Cornucopias


Seasonal & Fun Foods

Apple Resources


Apple Research Project

Sweet Potatoes

Cabbage

Peanuts

Oranges

Corn

Beans

Bean Resources

Three Sisters: Pumpkin

Peas

Corn Dogs

Popcorn Project

Marshmallows

Chocolate

Halloween Themed Pizza

Trick or Treating - Soul Cakes


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Animals

All of the following animal related posts can be found on Funschooling & Recreational Learning.

ArthropodaInsects, Spiders, Ect.

Butterflies:

Butterflies - Independent Butterfly research project with questions, activity suggestions and resources.

10 Creatively Cool Butterfly Activities - Ten open-ended, hands-on activities that encourage research skills, creativity and thinking skills.

Fireflies - Research resources for fireflies, including links to a couple of experiments and a craft idea.

Glow Worms - Research resources for glowworms. Includes links to sites, videos, and activity suggestions.

Hunt For June Bugs - June bug information, observational activities, links and videos.

Spiders - Spider resource page includes links to: An article about types of spiders and facts, information, identification chart home remedies, printables, and craft projects. Videos have also been included.

Amphibians

Frog Research Project - A research project based on frogs. Fun facts, questions, resources and activity suggestions.



Birds

Bird Eggs - Egg experiments, a recipe idea, links, and resources.

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

Owls - This post links up to numerous owl resources: dissect a virtual owl pellet, owl anatomy, physiology, sounds, mythology, teacher resources, and more.

Penguin Resources - Penguin Resources: Penguin information, lesson plans, and videos.

Woodpeckers - Links to sites with information about woodpeckers.

Fish/Sea Life

Frogfish - Resources include sites to information, pictures, and videos.

Sharks - Links to - Basic facts, online puzzles, printables, and informative videos.

Oysters & Pearls - Oyster information includes: How pearls are made, the American oyster, facts, how to make an oyster garden and informative videos.



Mammals

Bats - Information about bats, includes sound games, and resources.

Bat Resource Page - Bat resources for all ages and learning styles.


Bears - Resources include: Bear types, puzzles, and videos.


Black Cats - Find why black cats are considered good luck to some and bad luck to others and do a balancing activity.

Deer - Resources include: Sites and videos about deer, and how to draw them. Deer activity pages too.

Dolphins - Research Resource - Dolphin resources for all ages. Links to lesson plans, anatomy information, videos, and more.

Domesticated Cats Resource Page - Domestic cat resource page. Links to historical info, information about wild cats - big and small, articles, folktales, crafts, educational resources, treat recipes, and DIY toy instructions.

Mantees - Information includes: Fact sheets, activities, videos, and manatee cams.

Reindeer/Caribou - Information about reindeer/caribou, a related activity, and resources to get you started. 
Reindeer Games and Activities - Reindeer related activities including learning about reindeer - caribou, and making a diorama, a reindeer resume activity, links to word searches, crossword puzzles, mazes, crafts, and a variety of videos.


Snowshoe Hare (Rabbit) - Information and links for the snowshoe hare. Includes drawing activities too.

Wolves - Wolf resources include information about: Types, anatomy, environment, myths, and more.


Reptiles

Basilisk Lizard - Resources include: Printables, videos, information, and craft projects.

Lizard Resource Page - Research companion to a Lizard research guide with a lot of links to lizard related information.

Sea Turtles - Resources include: Links, videos, crafts, and coloring pages.




Animal Related Games, Activities & Misc. Posts

Animal Antics - This is a creative game that uses simple items and encourages players to use their imagination.

Animal Tracker - Instructions for an animal tracking activity.


Animals - May Vol. 1 - Resources for: Gars, Dolphins, Crocodiles, Rhinoceros Beatles, Blue Heron, and Axolotl Salamander

Homemade Treats & Toys for Pets - Treat and toy ideas for dogs, cats, hamsters, gerbils and rabbits.


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