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! 


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Presidents of the United States of America Resource Page

The following resources can be used with the Presidential Fill-In Challenge, a research project I developed, now available on Funschooling Press.

White House.gov: Learn More About Each President – When you click on this link, you will be taken to a government site. Click on the name of the president you want to learn more about and read the brief information offered. The names appear in order of their presidency. 

Wikipedia: Each link offers general information…

List of Presidents of the United States

List of Presidents of the United States by Home State

List of Vice Presidents of the United States

History: U.S. Presidents – Information, videos, and photos. Click on a photo of a president to learn more about them.

Still Learning Something New: Resources for Presidents – Links to: Biographies, short videos, quotes, and a quiz.

Enjoy the follow video about presidents of the U.S..

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Cranberry Resource Page

Cranberry Bog

Growing Information & Health Benefits of Cranberries

Wikipedia: Cranberry – Growing information, food uses, and medicinal benefits.

The World’s Healthiest Foods: Cranberries – Find out the nutritional value of this food.

MedicalNewsToday: Cranberries: Article – Health benefits, nutritional content, and risks.

Dr. Axe: Cranberries: Article – Cranberries Benefits Are Incredible – Includes nutrition facts, benefits, history and more. Includes links to recipes as well.

Food Facts: Dr. Mercola: Article – What Are Cranberries Good For? Offers health benefits, nutrition facts, study info, a recipe, and fun facts.

Organic Facts: 15 Amazing Benefits Of Cranberry Juice – Medicinal some of the more interesting benefits of cranberries.

Educational Activities & Experiments

Ocean Spray: Cranberries in the Classroom – Free printable activities include: Fact sheets and presentations, worksheets and activities, and videos about how cranberries are grown and harvested.

Universal Preschool.com: Cranberry Fun! – Offers some fun ways families with young children can learn about cranberries.

Elementary Science Program: Cranberries – Historical information about cranberries, how they are grown, and links to more information.

The STEM Laboratory: Dancing Cranberries – An experiment done with dried cranberries and a common liquid. 😊

Kitchen Pantry Scientist: Thanksgiving Food Science: Cranberry Spy Juice – Offers two cranberry experiments and a video to show you how they are done.

YouTube: Cranberry Playlist – Information about cranberries and experiments.
Here’s an example of one of the videos…

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US Navy

USS Boston (CA-69)

Wikipedia: History of the United States Navy – Foundations of the “Old Navy”, “New Navy”, and Modern Era.

America’s Navy: A Powerful Presence Through The Years – Offers a historical timeline of America’s Navy and Navy Reserve. Learn about careers and jobs too.

Naval history and Heritage Command – Trivia, Explore events, Today in History, Ship histories, Art, and more.

History Central.com: Navy History – US Naval Ship History in alphabetical order. Major ship types, war information, and much more.

USNA: United States Naval Academy – History of USNA.

YouTube: US Navy – History of the US Navy, Destroyers of WW II, and The History of Navy Seals. Here’s one of the videos in the list…

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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:

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George Washington Carver

George Washington Carver

Inventions: Inventor’s Resources: George Washington Carver’s Inventions – Site offers a little bit of information about Carver’s inventions.

National Parks Service: George Washington Carver – Museum Exhibit

Tuskegee University: George Washington Carver – Find out about Carver’s experiments and other some of the things he made with peanuts and sweet potatoes. Selected recipes can be found here.

About: Inventors: George Washington Carver – Site offers information about Carver’s life and a short video.

Famous Missourians: George Washington Carver – Info about GWC.

Danielles Place: George Washington Carver
Craft, game ideas, and information.

Field Museum: George Washington Carver – Scroll down to access an Exhibition website, a downloadable pdf Carver Factsheet. You can also download an educator’s guide here


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Native American Resources

Picture Writing

Native American Writing: Picture Writing – Native Americans wrote with pictures, learn more about how they communicated.

Native American Pictography – Native Americans Nations: How picture writing is done.

Native American Picture Writing – Site offers an explanation about pictographs.


Almanac: Three Sisters: The Original Companion Planting – Article

Kids Garden: Creating A Three Sisters Garden – Discover a native trio.

Native Tech: Planting the Three Sisters – How to plant the 3 sisters.

Crafts, Games, & Puzzles

Native Tech: 
Games and Toys
On line games and the history of games and toys played by Native America children and adults.
Shuttlecock – Made with feathers, corn husks and a stick. Game for boys and girls.

DLTK: Native Americans –Crafts and Activities

Enchanted Learning: Native American Crafts

Family Crafts at About.com: Native American Crafts – You’ll find Native American craft selections on this site.

Native American Wordfind – Printable.

Native American Crossword Puzzle – Fill in on line.

Stories, Myths & Legends

Mr. Donns: Native Americans Stories – Site offers a variety of animal stories, myths, fables and more.

First People: The Legend
From the site: Many a legend has been written by the Elders. Here are over 1400 of their stories and teachings, split over eight pages.

Instruments & Jewelry

Native American Rattles – About NA rattles: What they used to make them and why. (Store)

eHow: Instructions for Crafting Beaded Indian Jewelry : Kids’ Crafts & More

Native American Resources

Mr. Donn: Native Americans in Old Times – Native American Lesson Plan

Gathering of Nations: Native American News – Native American news and Pow-Wow information.

Universal Preschool: The Three Sisters – A Native American Thanksgiving curriculum. Native American crafts, links, and information.

NativeTech: Native American Technology and Art – Excellent site for information about the Native American culture.

Kid Info: Native Americans – Links to information about Native American history and facts.

What’s-Your-Sign.com: Native American Animal Symbols – Native American symbols, zodiac meanings. Land Animal Totems.

Native American Math – PBS has put together a PDF file of Native American Mathematics.

Native American Languages – Offers a wide variety of sites about Native American Languages.

Native RadioListen to contemporary or traditional music.

Wikipedia: Native Americans of the United States – Site offers a large variety of information.

Native American Cookbook – PDF file.


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Maryland Resource Page

Maryland’s Fort McHenry Quarter Photo by Fran W.

Maryland.Gov – The state’s official page.

Wikipedia: Maryland – Site offers geographical and historical information, pictures, and other information. This site also offers information about Fort McHenry.

Visit Maryland – This is the official site to Maryland’s office of Tourism. It offers information about places to go regionally, seasonal things to do, information about events and festivals and more.

50 States: Maryland State – Site offers quick facts about the state, including the state flag, government, people and more.

Enchanted Learning: Maryland – Basic information about the state. Some printables require a membership to print in full size.

MD Kids Page: Famous Facts About Maryland – A list of interesting facts.

InfoPlease: Maryland – Information about the state’s selected symbols: Bird, tree, dog, fossil, plus nicknames, song, and much more. 

History: Maryland – Information about the state and a couple of videos.

Movoto: Maryland Facts: 41 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Maryland.

Baltimore Federal Executive Board: Maryland Fun Facts – 10 facts about the state.

Maryland Fun Facts – This site offers some great information about Maryland. When you get to the site, a few of the windows in the panel to the right open up to a new page: ex: Flag & Map. This site offers videos as well.

Fort McHenry National Monument & Historical Shrine – Visitor information.

About: War of 1812: Battle of Fort McHenry – Site offers a short account of events.

Fran’s World of Discovery: Star Spangled Banner – Information about Francis Scott Key and the Star Spangled Banner. 3 videos offered in addition to links to other sites.

Click on arrow next to ‘Playlist’ to see the title names. 

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Thanksgiving Turkey Games and Activities

Thanksgiving Turkey Game Container by Fran W.

Betty Jo, of Still Learning Something New, asked me if I could come up with a Thanksgiving game for her and her family to enjoy. Not only did I come up with a turkey game container, I thought of a few other uses for it too!

To make this game container, you will need…

Clean, dry recycled milk/juice carton – 1/2 gallon size
Construction paper
Recycled cardboard box (cereal or cracker box)
Templates (locate on the bottom of this post)
Wiggly eyes
Depending on Activity: Ping pong ball, aluminum foil ball, extra feathers, battery powered candle or glow stick, plastic ware, napkins, nuts, candy, artificial flowers

What to do…

  • Cut out each of the template pieces and glue them to recycled cardboard to make patterns. Cut the patterns out when the glue dries.
  • Trace all the patterns onto construction paper and cut them out.
  • After cutting your carton down to fit the body of the turkey, cover all 4 sides with construction paper, then glue the rest of the parts together. The picture can be used as a guide.

Suggestions for gluing your parts together…

Tail: Lay all the feathers on the tail as evenly as possible, when you like what you see, glue them down. Center your carton and glue that down. The brown part of tail should be seen from the back. 

Front: After gluing all the pieces of the front together, and adding any extra details you want to add, glue the front to the carton.

Gluing Tip: When you are ready to add the carton to the back and front pieces of the turkey, you may find it helpful to run your hand inside the carton a few times and then place something heavy inside the carton until the glue sets up.

Thanksgiving Turkey Activities by Fran W.

Thanksgiving Turkey Games

Turkey Toss Game

Put the turkey in the middle of the table and bounce a ping pong ball into the container. Find challenging ways to get the ball in.
Alternately, you can toss aluminum foil rolled up into balls into the container.

Thanksgiving Trivia Game

If you make lots of extra feathers, you can make a trivia game with some of them. Use the turkey as a centerpiece and ask each family member to come up with 5 Thanksgiving facts that they find the most interesting about the holiday, and how it came to be, then turn them into questions. Write the questions and answers on the inside of the feather, fold the feather in half to close and place it in the container. Store the feathers with the trivia questions and answers in the container, and test each other’s Thanksgiving knowledge by pulling out a feather and reading the question. Give everyone a chance to guess the answer before the answer is read. Play it a few times to see how many facts everyone can remember. Point values can be added to keep score if desired.

Variation: Research Race

Object of the game…

In this version of Thanksgiving Trivia, a parent or a player is going to write questions that may not be known to the other players, on each feather, along with an answer, and assign a value to each question based on the number of players.
Example: If there are 5 players, the highest point value would be 5, 10, 15, 2
0, or 25 points, if there are 3 players then 3, 6, or 9 points would be given out and so on. 

Players should be able to find answers on their own or buddy up with another player who can help them out. Players will need to have access to information such as the Internet, books, or printouts with the correct answers. The first player/team to find the answer gets the full point value, the second to get the answer will get 1 point system less (depending on if you are playing by 1’s, 2’s, 5’s, etc), the third will get 2 less and so forth. 

Choose a reader – The reader will read the question to everyone, collect everyone’s answers, give out points, and keep score. The most likely choice for the reader is the person who researched and wrote the questions on the feathers, but that is up to each family.

Players – Once the question is read, go into separate areas to find the answer. Once the answer is found, quietly write the answer down and return it to the reader as quickly as possible to collect your points. The player can whisper the answer in the readers ear or draw the answer when possible. Players should wait by the reader until all the others have finished. A reasonable time limit may be set if needed.

Once everyone brings the answer to the reader, the reader can ask another question and the play will begin again where all the player leave the room to find the answer, bring it to the reader to collect their points, and hang out to wait for the next question. What happens when a player doesn’t have the right answer? That is up to you to decide. Will they have to do it again or not gain any points?

Winner – Decide what the winning player/team gets…a night without chores, a special treat, an activity with mom or dad, etc. 

Feel free to change the rules to fit your needs.

I’ll start you off with 5 questions for Thanksgiving Trivia…

Q. When did the Pilgrims begin their journey?
A. July 1620

Q. When did the Pilgrims land at Plymouth Rock?
A. December 1620

Q. Who helped the Pilgrims survive in the New World?
A.  Squanto and Samoset

Q. What US president made Thanksgiving an official national holiday?
A. Lincoln

Q. What is a baby turkey called?
A. A poult

Thanksgiving Charades

What do you think about when you think of Thanksgiving? Have family members come up with 5 words each or a total of 25 or more Thanksgiving words, write them down on feathers, fold them in half and place them in the container. Players can pull out a feather and act out the word so everyone can guess it. The person acting out the holiday icon can not speak, but they can act and give hints to words that sound like their word. 
Tip: Glue pictures from magazines or flyers onto the feathers so non-readers can play too! Stamps or stickers can also be used.

Here are a few words to help get you started…

Turkey, Pilgrim, Native American, bow and arrow, apple pie, family, Mayflower, parade, corn, musket, pumpkin, feather, thankful, stuffed, nuts…

Feathers of Thanks

Before adding the front of the turkey, ask family members to write down what they are thankful for on each feather. When all the feathers have something on it, glue the front of the turkey on. Store a bunch of feathers inside the container along with a marker and glue stick, when friends and family come by, ask them what they are thankful for, have them write it on a feather, and add it to the turkey as a second or third row of feathers.

Other uses…

Luminary: Put a glow stick or a battery powered candle in it and place it in the middle of the table.

Storage: Store napkins, plastic ware, nuts, candies or something else and place it on a table.

Floral Centerpiece: Place floral foam in the bottom of the container and use the container for artificial or real flowers.

Please leave a comment if you find another use for this container!

Turkey Decoration…

If you do not have a container to make this craft, follow the directions for making the templates, glue the turkey together, and hang it on a wall, or think of a way to prop it up on a table.

Betty Jo, I hope you and your family find this versatile turkey activity fun and useful for Thanksgiving! Thank you very much for reading Fran’s World of Discovery and for the request!

Happy Thanksgiving!

If you have a request or a topic you would like me to cover, please let me know! You can email your request to me, Fran at: fewzworld@gmail.com and I will get on it as soon as possible!

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Thanksgiving Turkey Game Templates
Click on the picture, then right click and save the file to your computer, open file and print.

Thanksgiving Turkey Game Pg 1
Thanksgiving Turkey Game Pg 2

Women’s Suffrage – Research Resource

Women’s Suffrage in the United States

Suffragists Parade Down 5th Ave., 1917

The Fight for Women’s Rights
Articles and videos about the Women’s Suffrage Movement.

Wikipedia: Women’s Suffrage in the United States
Wikipedia offers a general overview of the Women’s Suffrage Movement.

National Women’s History Museum: Women’s Suffrage

A long list of the women involved in the movement.

Teaching with Documents: Women’s Suffrage and the 19th Amendment

Resolution proposing amendment, petitions and more. 

Our Documents: 19th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution: 
Women’s Right to Vote
See a copy of the original document.

Some Well Known Suffragists and Quick Resources:

Lucy Stone
Susan B. Anthony

Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Alice Paul

Lucretia Mott

Victoria Woodhull
The first woman to run for president of the United States: 
Learning resources on Fran’s World of Discovery

Research Questions for Women’s Suffrage in the United States

  • Who were the women that fought for women’s rights?
  • Who were the men involved in helping women gain their right to vote?
  • What Women’s Rights Activist is featured on a U.S. coin?
  • Who was against the Women’s Suffrage Movement? Why?
  • What state was the first to allow women the right to vote before the 19th Amendment was passed in 1920?

Schoolhouse Rock: Women’s Suffrage Movement

Women’s Suffrage Around the World

What was the first country to allow women the right to vote?

History of Women’s Suffrage
Information about suffrage movement around the world, includes an interactive map.

Women’s Suffrage Activities
History of Women’s Suffrage, The Right to Vote, Effie Hobby’s Story

Find out when each country gave women the right to vote 

Women’s Suffrage Footage: London City Streets and Other Places

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