Celebrate America Puzzle & Coloring Page

Introducing: Celebrate America Puzzle & Coloring Page

This America-themed printer-friendly activity page has some fun things you can do on it:

Upon payment, you will receive a 2 page PDF with:

Page 1 Includes:


2 Puzzles/Fill-Ins:

1 - 20 Word Word Find
1 - Name the Founding Fathers List

3 Coloring elements:
A US Flag, USA Burst, and a USA Firecracker, plus some stars

Other activities include:

2 Tic-Tac-Toe boards and a word scramble puzzle with 6 words to unscramble

Page 2 Includes

Solutions to the puzzles and Fill-In area and a fun way to play the Tic-Tac-Toe game.

This activity page is great for anyone interested in celebrating America! 

Great for any age, traveling, and for something fun to do.

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. 


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Knight's Move Paper & Pencil Game


Introducing: Knight's Move

Knight's Move is a fun pencil and paper game that can be printed and laminated for long term use.

If you like games that make you think before you move, then you'll enjoy this one.
Suggestions are offered for extra challenges.

Great for people of any age who enjoy puzzles, and pencil and paper games. Print them out and give them to the kids for road trips, rainy days, for tech-free play time, or just for the fun of it.

You will get a PDF file with:

1 Page with 3 game boards and instructions for one or two players, along will suggestions for making the game more challenging.

1 Page with 4 game boards.

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. 

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Shark Activity Page

Introducing: Shark Activity Page

This Shark-themed printer-friendly activity page has 6 fun things you can do on it:

- 2 Coloring areas

- 1 Tic-Tac-Toe inspired activity

- 1 Shark Word Scramble with 7 words to unscramble 

- 1 Shark Name Activity

-1 Word Find with 17 Shark related words

-1 Finish the Shark drawing activity

This activity page is great for anyone interested in sharks! 

Makes a great edition to a shark week lesson plan too.


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. 

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Motorcycle Word Find

Now available on Funschooling Press:



Find the 30 words hidden within this homemade motorcycle themed puzzle! 

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

Upon payment, you will receive:

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.

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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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For purchasing information please visit my Etsy store: Funschooling Press

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