Happy 4th!!


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. 

Copyright © by Fran W and Funschooling Press. All rights reserved.

I hope you’ll take the time to check it out!

25% off until July 4th, 2018! 


Thank you for stopping by!

Connect with Funschooling and Recreational Learning!

Celebrate America Ebook Announcement!

I’m excited to announce a brand new ebook and my new Etsy store, A World To Discover! I invite you to come check it out to see the new publications I have available.

One of those publications is patriotic in nature and out just in time to celebrate Fran’s World of Discovery’s 7th year and the 4th of July!

Celebrate America’ is a 28 page publication, written and developed by me, Fran Wisniewski. It has more than 12 fun and inspiring family-friendly activities that include: Games, recipes, craft projects, word puzzles, and ideas that help spark creativity. Printer-friendly templates, game pieces, and coloring pages have also been provided.

This publication is great for families who enjoy learning and playing together, self-directed learners, and anyone looking for activities related to America, or America’s Independence Day, that are fun and creative.

This publication contains: 

6 Craft project ideas, 1 doubles as a game,  3 Yummy Kid-Friendly Recipes, 1 Drawing activity, 2 Games, 2 Printer Friendly Word Finds w/solution pages: 1 easy, 1 more difficult, 4 patriotic coloring pages and a set of printable trivia cards.

I hope you’ll take the time to check it out. 

Sample Pages:

Connect with Funschooling!

Note: Has this or another post on Fran’s World of Discovery inspired you or someone else in a positive way? Have you featured this activity in a blog post? I invite you to comment and link back to where your post can be found, or tell me what you or your family enjoyed about the post! Thank you!

Summer Fun July Volume 1

Hot Dogs – July is National Hot Dog Month! Learn about hot dogs, play some games, do a puzzle and what how hot dogs are made.

Spray Art – Do a fun painting activity outdoors!

Animal Antics – You get to act like your favorite animal in this fun game!

Hoop Challenge – What can you do with a hoop?

Scented Bubbles – Whip up a batch of scented bubbles!

Creative Inspirations #2 – Spark your creativity with the two words offered.

Stacking Cup ChallengeHow many cups can you stack in a minute?

Ramp ‘N’ Roll – A great game to play inside or out!

MYO What’s Missing Picture – Boost your observation skills!

Card Flipping Challenge – Play alone or with friends…indoors or out.

Cook Your Lunch Outdoors Use the power of the sun to cook your lunch!

Hula Hoop Stop & Go – Grab your hula hoop and get ready to have some fun.

Peg Solitaire – This is a great strategy game for all ages!

Summertime Fun August, Volume 1 – More summertime activities for the month of August!

If you would like to connect with me so you don’t miss out any of the activities being posted, please follow me via:

Email – Google + – Facebook – Twitter – Pinterest

Star – Shape

Stars by Fran W

This star activity can be very simple to make but if you are up to a little challenge there’s a suggestion for one below!

If you would like to get right to the craft, you can print out a templateand go straight to the “what to do”.

If you are up to a math challenge, you can make your own star instead. There are a few suggestions and videos down at the bottom of this post to help you out.

What to do…
Once the template has been printed on cardstock paper or a pattern has been made, cut out stars from construction paper, recycled cardboard cereal/cracker boxes, oak tag, or foam, and pop a hole in the ones you want to hang.

You will need a few craft supplies for the following suggestions.

Glitter or Glowing Stars: Cut stars out of cardboard or oak tag, paint them with a mixture of glue and glitter or glow paint and allow them to dry. Once they dry, hang them up or tape them on the wall.

Painted Stars: Cut stars out of cardboard/oak tag and paint them with acrylic paint. Hang them up.

String of Stars: Cut stars out of construction paper, tape or glue them together at the tips and put them across a door jam.

Star Wreath: Cut the middle out of a paper plate, or make a wreath out of cardboard or oak tag, glue construction paper stars around the wreath and hang on a door or wall.

3-D Star: Cut two stars out of cardboard/oak tag, cut a line in one star from the bottom to the middle point, cut the other star from the tip of the star to the middle and slide the two slits together to form a 3-D object. Hang or display on the table.

Make a New Star: Trace and cut out stars onto construction paper and glue them together to make another kind of star. Use craft supplies to decorate.

Star Challenge…

Make your own stars..

Draw or cut one freehand.

How to draw a star freehand – Simple step by step video (2:09)

Use a drawing compass, a protractor, paper or cardboard, and pencil.

How to draw a star and get it right! Video (5:39)

Make a pattern…

you use plain copy paper, you can make a pattern by cutting your star out of the paper, gluing it to a piece of recycled cereal/cracker box and cutting that out.

Make a star by folding a piece of paper just right.
Enchanted Learning: Star Ideas
If you want more star ideas, check this site out.

Stars and their names

5 pointed star = pentagram

6 pointed star = hexagram

7 pointed star = heptagram or septegram

8 pointed star = octagram

9 pointed star = enneagram or nonagram

10 pointed star = decagram

11 pointed star = hendecagram

12 pointed star = dodecagrams

Learn more about polygons.

Related posts on Fran’s World of Discovery:

Real-World Math
4th of July

Connect and stay in touch with Fran’s World of Discovery!
Facebook  Twitter  Pinterest  Google+

Note: Has this or another activity on Fran’s World of Discovery inspired you or someone else in a positive way? Have you featured this activity in a blog post? I invite you to comment and link to back where your post can be found, or tell me what you or your family enjoyed about the post! Thank you!

Glowing Lantern

These versatile lanterns are fun to make and display!

To make one you will need…

Lanterns by Fran W

A clean milk carton, construction paper, craft knife, scissor, tissue paper, black construction paper, glue, chenille stem, hole punch, pencil, ruler, glow stick

Optional: Serrated knife, craft foam, any kind of stickers, push pin, craft supplies, battery-powered candle

What to do…

Cut the carton down to desired size, glue construction paper to it, plot and cut out 1 circle or square on two sides of the carton, then pop two holes on either side and add the chenille stem handle.
For the middle of each opening, make a silhouette out of construction paper and glue it to the tissue paper. Glue the tissue paper to the inside of the carton so that your silhouette comes through when a glow stick or battery-powered candle is placed inside. Decorate the lantern with stickers, foam or construction paper cut outs and other craft supplies.

Tips and suggestions…

  • Cutting the milk carton down to size with a serrated knife can help to make a cleaner and more even cut. (Adult supervision suggested.)
  • To make a round opening in the side of the carton, trace around a lid or cup that fits in the middle. We used a frozen juice can lid.
  • Measure the circle or square from the bottom to make sure the openings are the same height and measure around the sides to make sure they’re equal.
  • Avoid cutting the edges when making your opening.
  • After tracing out your opening for the silhouette, a push pin can be used to make tiny, close holes around the trace mark for easier cutting with a craft knife. 
  • To neaten up cut marks, consider making a border, as shown in the lantern with the flag.
  • This lantern can be made for any holiday or occasion or just because!

    Lanterns with glow stick inside by Fran W
Connect with Fran’s World of Discovery!

A Berry Patriotic Shake

Berry Patriotic Shake by Fran W

Make this delicious shake a yummy part of your 4th of July celebration!

Here is what you’ll need:

1 c Milk*
½ c Yogurt*
7 large Strawberries
2 T Sugar or honey (or sweeten to taste)
1 tsp vanilla (optional)
1 c Ice
Clear glass or plastic cups
2-3 Blueberries
Whipped cream

* Use your favorite kind of milk or yogurt: cow’s, almond, coconut, rice, etc.

Directions: Place the milk, yogurt, strawberries, vanilla, and ice into the blender and mix until smooth. Pour into clear glasses (or cups) and garnish with whipped cream and a sprinkle of blueberries. Serve with a straw and enjoy. This recipe makes a little over 3 1-cup servings. If you want a frozen drink, freeze the strawberries ahead of time!

Note:This shake can be made with any kind of fruit and served any time of the year, but for a patriotic feel, use red fruits such as strawberries, raspberries, or pitted cherries, blue fruit such as blueberries or blackberries or a white fruit such as bananas for the shake. Garnish with alternate fruit colors to keep the red, white and blue theme going! Leftovers can be frozen.
Related posts on Fran’s World of Discovery…

4th of July – America’s Independence Day – Fourth of July activities including: games, recipes and other activities.

Strawberry Craze – A small project based on strawberries.

Recipes – Other recipes that can be found on this blog.

Connect with Funschooling & Recreational Learning!
Note: Has this or another activity on Fran’s World of Discovery inspired you or someone else in a positive way? Have you featured this activity in a blog post? I invite you to comment and link back to where your post can be found, or tell me what you or your family enjoyed about the post! Thank you!

The Star-Spangled Banner

Francis Scott Key

Did you know that America’s national anthem was first written as a poem? 

Francis Scott Key wrote a poem entitled, “The Defense of Fort McHenry.” It was later set to the religious hymn, “To Anacreon in Heaven” and renamed, “The Star-Spangled Banner”!

If you would like to listen to and sing the national anthem, the words and music can be found here.

If you’re interested in the story of Francis Scott Key and the history behind the Star-Spangled Banner, you can watch the following videos and/or check out the link offered for the Smithsonian Museum below.

Francis Scott Key (6:07)
Watch a short documentary about the life of Francis Scott Key.

Francis Scott Key and the Defense of Fort McHenry (14:17)

Short documentary about Francis Scott Key, Fort McHenry, and the story behind America’s national anthem.

The Smithsonian: The Star-Spangled Banner
This interactive site will allow readers to earn stars as they correctly answer questions about the war of 1812 and the US flag.

Here’s a ROCK’n version of The Star-Spangled Banner by Madison Rising

4th of July – America’s Independence Day

Celebrate the 4th of July Fran W.

The holidays are a great time to learn about history, people, places, events and seasonal foods!

Celebrate the 4th of July with fun activities!

United States Flag – 
Find out about the flags of the United States and make one of your own.

Declaration of Independence – 
Learn about and read the Declaration of Independence and find out about the people who signed it.

Fireworks – Learn about the history of fireworks, write the Chinese symbol for ‘firework’, and make a firework decoration.

Ice Cream – Make ice cream in a bag, find out why you get a “Brain Freeze” and the history of this frozen treat.

Pom-Pom Shooter – Make a pop-pom shooter with recycled items!

Plan a Summer Celebration – Use the activities in this post to plan a 4th of July celebration for family and friends!

America’s National Anthem – Learn about America’s National Anthem and Francis Scott Key! Listen to a rock’n version of the Star Spangled Banner too!

Recipe: A Berry Patriotic Shake – Celebrate the holiday with a delicious Berry Patriotic Shake!

Blueberries – July is National Blueberry Month! Resources to find out more about this fruit and recipes, such as homemade blueberry topping, can be found here.

Craft: Lantern – Make a lantern centerpiece for your holiday table!

Stars – Learn how to make stars, what their names are, and some of the fun things you can do with them.

Glow-in-the-Dark Putty – Recipe for making a homemade putty that glows.

Celebrate America Puzzle & Coloring Page – Learn how to purchase this fun activity page.

4th of July Resources Outside of Funschooling & Recreational Learning

Independence Day Resources

US Gov.: Independence Day ResourcesInformation about the Declaration of Independ
ence, Today in History – July 4th, US Flag History and Facts, American Recipes, Patriotic Melodies, Historical Documents, Help Your Country,Travel and Recreation in the U.S. plus Firework info for each state and Summer Safety Tips.

everythingESL: Teaching About America – Offers information about US symbolism, songs, history, Pledge of Allegiance, and more.

Wikipedia: Independence Day (United States) – Offers a little background info, how it is celebrated and observed, and customs.


Emint Ethemes:  Independence Day – Online unit study with links to other sites that feature 4th of July activities and information.

Disney Family: 4th of July – Crafts, recipes and printables with a Disney 4th of July theme.

DLTK-Kids: 4th of July – Fourth of July section includes: Coloring pages, craft ideas, games and puzzles, recipes, printables, worksheets and other links.

Enchanted Learning – 4th of July – Activities and Crafts for the 4th: Activity book, pinwheel, windsock, printouts, information acbout American Icons and more. Some printables may require a membership to print.

Activity Village: 4th of July – Site offers a variety of : Flag printables, colouring pages, crafts, printable paper and puzzles.

Still learning Something New; History, Fireworks, Food, and Family Fun – A 4th of July Unit Study and Resource List – Betty Jo provides a wide variety of links that will help you create a wonderful personalized study.

Artists Helping Children: 4th of July – Site offers a variety of patriotic and 4th of July related crafts.

Thank you for stopping by!
Connect with Funschooling and Recreational Learning!