Creative’s Inspiration 30 Writing and Artist Prompts for the Harvest Season


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This instant digital download offers 30 prompts to help inspire your creativity!

Writers and poets, artists, and musicians! If you’re a creative, then this is a great resource for you.

Harvest Inspirations is exactly that, open-ended inspiration, with tools to help you get unblocked, change your perspective, or challenge yourself to keep things interesting.

It starts with 30 Harvest-related prompts that are perfect for the harvest season (Thankfulness, Squirrels, Parade, Family Gathering, etc.) if those are enough to spark your creativity then go with it! If you need a little more, that’s okay too! There’s a ‘Perspective Page’ that gives you some questions to ask yourself with 6 examples! Then there’s the ‘Try This’ page, that gives you 20 activities that you can do with each and every prompt, that’s 600 possibilities, and that’s not even including the ‘Workout Web’, ‘Blockbuster Pages’ and ‘Create A Comic/StoryBoard’ page!

As a creative who has been educating for 25 years, I know that creativity is one of the unsung fundamentals of an intelligent mind. Whether you’re a Creative looking for inspiration, a student (of any age) looking to build your brain and skills, or a teacher trying to inspire creativity without blocking it, this publication is for you.

This 9 page document has 1 printer friendly chart of words, and 1 chart with a fall inspired picture background.
1 Perspectives Page filled with suggestions for using 6 of the words.
1 Try This page filled with 20 ways the words can be used.
3 Printer friendly pages to help work your thoughts out.

Pages are not editable.

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Vincent Price Word Search and Word Games

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Find the 46 manually placed words hidden within this Vincent Price themed word search, then see how many words you can make from the two Price-related word game pages offered.   

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

Upon payment, you will receive:

1 – 6 page PDF file that includes:

2 – Full page word search puzzles about things he is well known for biographically. All the words in this puzzle have been manually placed – this puzzle has not been generated with a puzzle program. One page has the featured picture in the background, and the other is a black and white printer friendly version with the same words.

2 – Vincent Price related Words within Words game pages. This game is great for boosting spelling and vocabulary skills and can give your brain a great workout! The words offered in these games can create more than 500 words each.

1 – Answer/information page.

1 – Tips for Playing Words Within Words.

*This puzzle looks terrific in a frame and can be offered to family members and visitors with a dry erase marker. These pages look great laminated 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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Creative’s Inspiration 30 Writing and Artist Prompts for the Month of October

Just added to Funschooling Press!

This instant digital download offers 30 prompts to help inspire your creativity!

Writers and poets, artists, and musicians! If you’re a creative, then this is a great resource
for you.

Creative’s Inspiration is exactly that, open-ended inspiration, with tools to help you get unblocked, change your perspective, or challenge yourself to keep things interesting.

It starts with 30 Fall-related prompts that are perfect for the month of October (scarecrow, blood curdling scream, chilly morning, etc.) if those are enough to spark your creativity then run with it! If you need a little more, that’s okay too! There’s a ‘Perspective Page’ that gives you some questions to ask yourself with 6 examples! Then there’s the ‘Try This’ page, that gives you 20 activities that you can do with each and every prompt, that’s 600 possibilities, and that’s not even including the ‘Workout Web’ and ‘Blockbuster Pages’!

As a creative who has been educating for 25 years, I know that creativity is one of the unsung fundamentals of an intelligent mind. Whether you’re a Creative looking for inspiration, a student (of any age) looking to build your brain and skills, or a teacher trying to inspire creativity without blocking it, this publication is for you.

This 11 page document has 1 printer friendly chart of words, and 3 charts with a fall inspired picture background.
1 Perspectives Page filled with suggestions for using 6 of the words.
1 Try This page filled with 20 ways the words can be used.
2 Printer friendly pages to help work your thoughts out.

Pages are not editable.

For personal use only. Print as many pages as you need, but do not resell this file or any printed material for profit.

Do not share this file with others.

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

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Cary Grant Movie Title Cryptogram #1

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Figure out the 15 cryptograms within this homemade Cary Grant themed puzzle! The titles in this puzzle are based on movies Cary Grant performed in during his lifetime.

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

Upon payment, you will receive:

1 – 2 page PDF file that includes:

1 – Full page Printer-friendly Cryptogram with 15 codes to solve. (8.5×11).

1 – Answer page (11×8.5). 

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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Cary Grant Word Find

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Find the 40 words hidden within this homemade Cary Grant themed word puzzle! The words in this puzzle are based on Grant’s personal life.

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

Upon payment, you will receive:

1 – 2 page PDF file that includes:

1 – Full page Printer-friendly word find (8.5×11).

1 – Answer page (8.5×11). 

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

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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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Dictionaries – Day #4 Types of Dictionaries


There are all different kinds of dictionaries in the world today. Some offer a lot of pictures and are called picture dictionaries, others offer words for a specific topic or subject. Check your local library for various dictionaries and see if there is one on your favorite topic.

There are visual dictionaries available on line, here is a small sampling…


http://www.visualdictionaryonline.com/ – Click on a picture or type what you are looking for in the search box. This site offers both words and pictures.


https://visuwords.com/dictionary – Put a word in the search bar on the top of the page and the site will show the word in the middle and branch off into other related words. It is similar to a mind map.When you move over a word with your mouse, its meaning will pop-up.


http://www.ikonet.com/en/visualdictionary/ –  Click on any picture to begin exploring one of the 17 themes the site has to offer. You can search for topics too. Click on the icon that looks like a speaker to hear how it’s said. Meanings for words are also provided in that area.


https://infovisual.info/en – Click on any topic offered or put your own word in the search bar. You’ll get a labeled picture with an explanation for each labeled part of the picture.


https://7esl.com/ – This is a visual dictionary of terms for people learning English. Scroll down the page for the meanings of each picture offered.


Regular online dictionaries…

For these sites, you can type a word in the search area to find out what it means.

https://www.merriam-webster.com/


http://www.dictionary.com/

https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/


https://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/


http://www.thesaurus.com/ – This site offers both a dictionary and a thesaurus.


Look for specialized dictionaries too:

https://www.dailywritingtips.com/5-types-of-specialized-dictionaries/

Here’s an activity Everyone can do…little ones may need some help.


Make your own specialized dictionary based on a favorite topic: Use copy, graph, lined, or construction paper to make your dictionary, and staple or sew the booklet together. Write a letter on each page in ABC order, then choose a topic for your dictionary. Write a word on each page that begins with that letter. Next, add pictures or draw something that relates to your chosen topic if possible, and/or write its meaning, a little bit about it, a sentence, an observation, or something else.


Here’s a video about how to make a simple book, and while recommended for early learners, older kids and adults can use this concept to make their own books with better quality materials if desired.

This video shows how to bind your own books with a Saddle Stitch…

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Dictionaries – Day #3 Dictionary Creators



I personally think a dictionary is a very useful tool and was curious to know who was the first to take the time to create one. I also wondered if any other cultures had and used a similar idea. As it turns out, dictionaries go WAY back to ancient times in one form or another!

The modern English dictionary was invented by Samuel Johnson and published in 1755. 
This is a documentary about Samuel Johnson: The Dictionary Man


If you would rather read a little about him: 

Noah Webster wrote the first American dictionary in 1806. This video:
Noah Webster: Biography, Education, Facts, History, Dictionary, Quotes has information about him.

If you would rather read about Webster:

Information about various cultures who had and used dictionaries can be found here:

Wikipedia: Dictionary – Offers a history of cultural dictionaries from ancient to modern times.
Also: Oxford English Dictionary, Chinese Dictionary, Japanese Dictionary, and others such as specialized dictionaries.

Here’s some information about the The first dictionaries of English, you’ll need a membership to access all the information, but it’s a good jumping off point if you want to study more about the topics included in the article on your own.

Other Things of Interest

Read an interview with a lexicographer Erin McKean:

https://www.visualthesaurus.com/cm/dictionary/writing-dictionaries/

YouTube Dictionary Playlist – These videos and others can be found in the playlist created for this topic.

🐞 For the Little Ones 🐞

If you have a little one, go to the library and find some picture books and a child’s dictionary and check a few out.
If you have a few of your own on hand already… Find words via the pictures included in the publication and read or talk about their meanings. Act out pictures and have fun with them. Make up a sentence using the actions you created while reading though the books together.

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