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. 

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

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

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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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What is Recreational Mathematics?


The really short answer? Its about learning and exploring mathematics via math related games, riddles, and puzzles….but the activities could have you going for hours, days, weeks, or longer!

Wikipedia: Recreational Mathematics – Explains what recreational mathematics is.

Scientific American: A Quarter-Century of Recreational Mathematics – PDF Article written by Martin Gardener about 25 years of amusing puzzles and serious discoveries.

Article by Charles W. Trigg: What is Recreational Mathematics? This a PDF file. This article was written in Mathematics Magazine Vol. 51, No. 1 (Jan., 1978), pp. 18 -21

MathOverflow: Recreational mathematics: where to search? – MathOverflow is a Q & A site for professional mathematicians. This question came up and offers a few responses. 

Periodicals You Can Subscribe To

Access back issues for FREE by putting the date and issue you want to look at into the panel on the right that says, ‘Magazines Available’. You’ll get a version you can view online and print.
Read book reviews of published books on recreational mathematics.

Subscription needed to access information.

Check your local book store and online book stores for books that contain math related games, riddles, and puzzles.


For the rest of this series please visit my Recreational Mathematics post.

Here’s a video about recreational mathematics…


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Words Within Words Game – Printable Game

The Words Within Words Game is now available as a instant download in my Etsy Store: Funschooling Press

Words Within Words is an open-ended game, that encourages players to observe, think, and create words with the letters offered in a single word, or a group of words.

This is a fun game that you can never outgrow because you can find a bunch of ways to make it more challenging each time you play! 

This two file publication includes…

File 1: Words Within Words 14 page booklet includes: Simple instructions for play, extra challenges, tips for making your own puzzles, suggested ways to play, benefits of the game if using it for learning purposes, and puzzles to try.

File 2: Printable Templates: Includes: Upper and lower case letters, lined paper/word keeper, and game tokens.

This instant download is great for: Anyone who likes to play word games, homeschoolers, families, and educators.

For this weekend only, you can get this publication for 50% off its regular price.


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Dictionaries – Day #5 Words Within Words


Looking for a fun game that uses a dictionary? Try this one out!

How many words can you find in the word…


Grab a piece of lined paper, write the word DICTIONARIES on the top of the page, and then find, and write, as many words as you can using the letters provided. Each letter can only be used once, unless there is more than one of that letter. Use a dictionary/spell checker to challenge words or to make sure a word is ‘real’!

When playing the game with multiple players, have players take turns writing down words. Use a timer to give each player between 30 seconds and 1 minute to say a word. If a usable word can not be given, the player can pass his turn to the next player.

Decide how long the game will run or how many words need to be found before starting the game.

If you would like to find some ways to make this game more challenging, please visit my post Words Within Words where you will find some interesting ways to play and links that will reveal the ‘hidden words’.

FYI: More than 1500 words can be made from DICTIONARIES!

🐞 If you have someone who is not spelling words on their own yet, play around with the letters together. Talk about vowels and consonants and ask them to pick out a vowel and two consonants and put the letters together in some way and read the word. Sometimes it will sound like and be a “real” word, sometimes it won’t. There are a bunch of 2 and 3 letter words that can be made with these letters.

You can also play with the letters that may be more familiar to them, like their name. The game: What’s In A Name? uses the person’s name and easy to manipulate letters to make learning more fun. 


Have a fun!

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Hula Hoop Stop & Go

Here’s a fun family game you can play with a hula hoop and music. There are two ways to play:

Version #1: Multiple Hoops – Give every player a hoop. Put on some music and ask everyone to use the hoop in some fun and safe way while the music is playing. As soon as it stops, players must hold their hoops and freeze in motion. The person still hooping or moving after the music stops is out for the rest of that round.

Version #2: One or Two Hoops – If you only have one or two hoops, players can toss them back and forth to each other while the music is playing. The person holding the hoop when the music stops has to do something fun with it: A little dance, twist it around a body part, jump with it, etc.. The game ends when the players are ready.

Feel free to make up your own rules!


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Card Flipping Challenge

Today’s challenge will include a deck of cards, and can be played alone, or with multiple players.

What to do: Stand up, hold a card in your hand at waist height, and flip it onto the floor. Do your best to match the flip with other card.

Tips and Suggestions 

There are a few different ways to flip the cards, find one that works well for you.

Start with 6 cards and match them 3 for 3, then add more.

Challenge yourself to match 12 or more cards.

Play with other players and have the winner collect the cards at the end of each round. The person with the most cards wins.

Make up your own fun version of a card flipping game.

Add a scoring element to the game to see who collects the most cards.


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Stacking Cup Challenge

Today’s challenge includes:
Stacking cups, paper, pencil and a timer

Challenge: Stack as many cups as you can in a pyramid, circle, and/or square. Next, time yourself to see how long it takes to do it. Beat your own time for each pattern chosen. Keep track of your results.
Once you feel you have achieved your best time, stack your cups, then put them back in one single stack as quickly as you can. Beat your own time.
If you can, play a challenge round with someone else.


Here are the rules…

Use any size unbreakable cups you have on hand: Recycled yogurt cups, small bathroom cups, large plastic cups, etc.. You will need 30+ cups per player.


Do the best you can, then try to do better. Keep track of your results on paper.

If you play along with another player, be encouraging, and practice good sportsmanship.

Add more cups if the challenge is too easy.




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Animal Antics – Game

To play Animal Antics, you will need: A deck of letter cards or letter tiles (A-Z),
and a container.

A color or black and white set can be printed from here.

You may also write letters on index cards.

Directions: Put all the letters in a container, have players close their eyes before choosing a letter, then act out an animal that begins with that letter.

Tips & Suggestions

Turn this into an Animal Charades game by allowing players to guess what’s being acted out.


Play indoors or out. 

Try this game in a pool too!


To liven things up, have players choose a category before starting the game such as…


Marine/Aquatic Animals           Desert Animals           Arctic Animals 

Jungle Animals          Grassland Animals           Forest Animals

Fish          Birds          Insects          Reptiles          Etc.
    



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Petals Around The Rose


Answer: 6
Supplies Needed: You will need 5-6 dice to play this game.

What to do: Roll 5 or 6 dice and say the answer. The object of the game is to figure out what the puzzle’s pattern is.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • The name of this mathematical puzzle, ‘Petals Around The Rose’ is really important.
  • The answer will always be an even number or 0.
  • Any age can play.
  • Once you succeed at working out this brain game, you will be considered a Potentate of the Rose’ and must not divulge the secret of the game.
  • The fun is figuring it out, no matter how long it takes, then offering it out to others.
You can use the following sites to play the game with answers until you figure out the game. Once you get it, please don’t tell anyone the puzzle’s secret, instead play it as a family with regular dice until everyone gets it, then play it with extended family members and friends.

Lloyd Borrett: Play Petals Around The Rose – Play this brain teaser online until you get it.

Petals Around The Rose.net – This site offers the origial game, then some advanced ones as well.


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