Funschooling News #27 STEM Edition

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Do you enjoy taking nature walks? If you do, collect some pine needles and pine cones while you’re out. The inexpensive, family-friendly activities offered below will help make your week a little more fun and interesting with these unique learning tools.

Supervision is suggested for some of the activities offered in this post.

If you missed the first part of this week’s newsletter that features activities off Still Learning Something New’s November’s Calendar, you can link to it here. You’ll find a fun activity to do or an interesting topic to learn about each day of the week.

🎍Pine Tree Resources on Funschooling & Recreational Learning🎍

YouTube Playlist: Pine Tree Resources & Info 
The videos below, and others, can be found in this playlist.

One Minute Microscope: Pine Leaf Cross Section



Medicinal Teas – Pine Needle Tea





Pinecone Hygrometer – Experiment of the Week


Pine Cone Math & Art

The Spirals in a Pine Cone




How to: Pine Cone Fire Starters

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Funschooling News #25 STEM Edition

Hi! Welcome to Funschooling News STEM Edition!


Are you looking for some inexpensive, family-friendly activities that will help make your week a little more fun and interesting? 
This week’s learning activities include projects that turn leaves into an really fun learning tool. There’s a lot of chemistry in this issue.

If you missed the first part of this week’s newsletter that features activities off Still Learning Something New’s November’s Calendar, you can link to it here. You’ll find a fun activity to do or an interesting topic to learn about each day of the week. 

🍁Leaf Resources on Funschooling & Recreational Learning🍁

YouTube Fall and Leaves Playlist 
The videos below, and others, can be found in this playlist.

Preparation of Stomata Slide

Photosynthesis in Leaf Disks Experiment


 
Use iodine to test a leaf for starch | Plant Physiology | Biology




Science Experiment: Producing electricity from a leaf!!!



Leaf Math & Art

Relaxing Activity: Trace around a leaf on a plain piece of copy paper, then, using a pen, draw enough different sized circles to cover the inside the leaf. Optional: Use different colored pens.

Doodling in Math: Spirals, Fibonacci, and Being a Plant



How To Draw Fall Leaves



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Funschooling News #23 STEAM Edition


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Are you looking for some inexpensive, family-friendly activities that will help make your week a little more fun and interesting? 
This week’s learning activities include projects that turn Pumpkins into an really cool learning tool.

If you missed the first part of this week’s newsletter that features activities off Still Learning Something New’s October Special Days Calendar and November’s Calendar, you can link to it here. You’ll find a fun activity to do or an interesting topic to learn about each day of the week. 


Pumpkins Resources


The 3 Sisters: Squash – Pumpkins


Jack O’ Lanterns


Pumpkin growth time-lapse: 
From the seed to the mature fruit in 108 days and nights




Pumpkin Carving Tips & Tricks




Professional Pumpkin Carver Jonathan Barwood Gives Carving Advice

Top 15 Best Pumpkin Carvings Ever!



Pumpkin Playlist


Pumpkin Math & Physics

How much math do you think you’d use if you were to grow a giant pumpkin? The first video shows how much work goes into growing one! 
What kind of maths would you use to construct a machine that chucks a pumpkin as far as possible?

Giant Pumpkin. Pumpkin Show – Modern Agriculture



The Physics of “Punkin Chunkin”

The idea is to chuck the pumpkin as far as possible.

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Funschooling News #21 STEM Edition

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Are you looking for some inexpensive, family-friendly activities that will help make the rest of your week a little more fun and interesting? 
This week’s learning activities include projects that turn toothpicks into an excellent learning tool.

If you missed the first part of this week’s newsletter that features activities off Still Learning Something New’s October Special Days Calendar, you can link to it here. You’ll find a fun activity to do or an interesting topic to learn about each day of the week. 

How to Demonstrate Engineering Principles | Science Projects




Building a Toothpick Bridge



Check out how strong this bridge is! My Toothpick Bridge

The Spangler Effect – Toothpick Table Tricks Season 01 Episode 45


Toothpick Math

Use toothpicks to do math.

Below you will find a couple of videos with toothpick puzzles.
Puzzles help us to solve problems and think more creatively.
If you like these, you can check this pdf out with more puzzles to try.

3 Toothpick Puzzles to Drive You Nuts!!



10 Mind Bending Matchstick Puzzles
*Just use toothpicks!

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Funschooling News #19 STEM Edition

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Are you looking for some inexpensive, family-friendly activities that will help make the rest of your week a little more fun and interesting? This week’s learning activities include projects that turn ordinary apples into extraordinary learning experiences.

If you missed the first part of this week’s newsletter that features activities off Still Learning Something New’s October Special Days Calendar, you can link to it here. You’ll find a fun activity to do or an interesting topic to learn about each day of the week. 


It may seem unusual to think of an apple as the focus of a STEM project, but I assure you, quite a bit can be done with apples that include science, engineering, and the math parts of STEM…and maybe even the technology part too…depending on how you look at it. I’m going to add a little chemistry into the mix this week as well! I hope you enjoy it.

Note: After doing LOTS of apple experiments with my kids and in my programs, I think it’s only fair to let you know that some apples have more iron in them than others, and that can really effect the oxidation experiments. I recommend trying a variety of apples for these types of experiments to truly find ways to stop oxidation. You will also need extra apples to snack on! 😊

Apples are a fun food to study. If you would like to make your own apple study, I offer the following resource pages: 
Apple Research Project and Apple Resources

Apple Oxidation & The Scientific Method: 
A fun, at-home science experiment

Apple Oxidation Experiment

Video: Why Do Apples Turn Brown?

What Happens When Apple Meets Magnet

Science For Kids With HudsonAlpha: Enzymes & Apple Juice



5 Delicious Apple Hacks


Apple Math, Engineering, & Technology

Use apples to do math as well!
Here are a couple of videos on how to cut an apple to make something a little more special out of it. The first is a swan and the second is a puzzle.
This is where math, engineering, and technology come together in a really fun way.
I highly recommend that you go to YouTube and put the words: ‘Apple Art‘ into the search box to see some of the amazing and fun things people have done with this ordinary fruit.

How to Make an Edible Apple Swan!


Apple Puzzle

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Funschooling News #17 STEM Edition

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Are you looking for some inexpensive, family-friendly activities that will help make your week a little more fun and interesting? This week’s learning activities include projects that put old, clean water bottles to good use.

If you missed the first part of this week’s newsletter that features activities off Still Learning Something New’s October Special Days Calendar, you can link to it here. You’ll find a fun activity to do or an interesting topic to learn about each day of the week. 


Leaky Bottle and Water Pressure

You’ll need a water bottle, water, and a nail for this activity.


Water Bottle Science Experiments

Here are some more experiments you can do with water bottles. I hope you enjoy them!

Soda Bottle Rocket Car-Physics of Toys
 Homemade Science with Bruce Yeany

Cloud in a Bottle – Science Experiment! 
Fun and Easy Science Project! Homeschool Science!



Make Non Stop Heron’s Fountain With Plastic Bottle

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Timing

Use a water bottle to do math as well!
Here’s a video that features water bottle trick flips by Dude Perfect
I hope you’ll be inspired to make up your own tricks once you get the hang of flipping water bottles.

Water Bottle Flip 2 | Dude Perfect

With this activity, you’re learn how to time a flip…with fluid.

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Funschooling News #7


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Are you looking for some great family-friendly activities that will make your week a little more interesting? Then you’ve come to the right place!

 Be sure to scroll all the way down to the Special Days section where you’ll find a fun activity to do or an interesting topic to learn about each day of the week. 


Card Flipping Challenge


There are probability a million games that can be played with a deck of cards! 
Turn a simple deck into a fun educational experience by doing my Card Flipping Challenge. I remember playing card flipping games when I was a kid, and my kids have a good time playing with me now. 
I hope your family enjoys playing as well.

For this activity, you will need: A Deck of Cards Optional: Score keeping materials

I hope something in this post makes you smile!

Homeschool Humor


Still Learning Something New: 
Homeschool Humor – Not Back To School Edition
Here’s a peek at what you’ll find…

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A simple deck of cards can offer hours of engineering fun! The first two videos will offer some tips that’ll help you get started and two videos will introduce you to a Guinness World Record holder who builds amazing structures out of ordinary playing cards. 
The last video will show you how to draw a cool illusion.

Card Stacking

Card Games : How to Build a House of Cards


Make A Card Castle


Largest Card Stacking Structure – Record Holder Profile – 
Bryan Berg – Guinness World Records Pt 1

Largest Card Stacking Structure – Record Holder Profile – 
Bryan Berg Pt.2 – Guinness World Records


How to Draw a 3-D Ladder – Trick Art For Kids

Special Days & Holidays Aug 12-18


Betty Jo, of Still Learning Something New, has posted the newest version of her August 2018 Special Days Calendar. It has a long list of famous birthdays, historical events, interesting days, monthly event and food themes, and more. 
Betty Jo and I have created a Special Days Companion filled with 100 activities you can do as a family during the month of August. To find out more about this wonderful product, click here.

Here are a few of the things on her list and some helpful activities and links:

August is National Park month. Visit a national park close by or plan a family weekend getaway to one further away.

🐘August 12World Elephant Day – Links to information about African and Asian elephants, myths and folklore, jokes and more! Watch the documentary: Elephants On The Run [Wildlife Documentary] | Wild Things.

August 13Annie Oakley born 1860 – 
Learn about the life and accomplishments of Annie Oakley. Links and videos are available in this post.
Still Learning Something New: Annie Oakley – Links to biographical information, quotes, videos and more.

🦎August 14World Lizard Day –  I hope the information in this post inspires you to start a one of a kind lizard study!


August 15: Chocolate Chip Day – Learn about chocolate chips by scrolling down to the bottom of the link provided, then make a batch of chocolate chip cookies!


August 16Tell a Joke Day – Choose some jokes to tell and make up some of your own.


August 17Black Cat Appreciation Day – Learn about black cats and do some fun cat-like balancing acts.


August 18World Honey Bee Day – Learn about honey bees! 
Watch: Amazing Time-Lapse: Bees Hatch Before Your Eyes | National Geographic
Make A: Bee Hummer (craft/science project)

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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. 

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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The Benefits of Using Recreational Mathematics


NY Times: The Importance of Recreational Math – This is an opinion piece about the benefits of using Recreational Math in the classroom.


Journal of Humanistic Mathematics: Recreational Mathematics – Only For Fun? –  A paper written about the benefits of Recreational Math in the classroom. It talks about how other countries approach math as well. This is a 20 page PDF.


Benefits of Games

Teach Thought: 6 Basic Benefits Of Game-Based Learning – This article offers positive reasons for online gaming.
eLearning Industry: 5 Advantages Of Using Games For Learning – Article includes reasons why games help people learn better.

OpenEducationEuropa: The Benefits of Game-Gased Learning – Offers information about the potential of games for learning.

Classroom: What Are the Benefits of Games in Education & Learning Activities? – Talks about how games engage students, promotes teamwork, and build good sportmanship skills.

Logic Roots: 8 Surprising Health Benefits Of Board Games – This article addresses some of  the serious health benefits of playing board games such as lowering stress, building cognitive skills and mental functions, and lowering blood pressure.

NCTM: Why Play Math Games? – Talks about the benefits of playing math games. 

Stem Learning: Using Games To Teach Mathematics –  A short article that talks about the benefits of using games to teach math.

Scholastic: The Benefits of Board Games – Benefits of parents playing games with kids.

Benefits of Puzzles

USA Today: The Surprising Benefits of Puzzle Solving for Adults – Article about the benefits for adults.

Dumb Little Man – The 5 Benefits of Puzzles Solving for Adult – Article talks a little about the history of puzzles and the benefits of using them as adults.

Exodus: The Benefits of Puzzles in Early Childhood Development – Article talks about the skills that are build via puzzle during early childhood.

Memory Jogging Puzzles: Why Jigsaw Puzzles are Good for Your Brain – Social psychiatry article.

Learning4Kids: Why Puzzles are so Important for Kids Learning? –  Benefits of using puzzles.

Clue Detective Puzzle Agency: Discover the Benefits of Solving Puzzles – 10 Ways puzzles help to improve our lives.

Think Fun!: Get Jiggy with Jigsaw Puzzles: The Benefits of Being a Puzzler – This brief article talks about the history of Jigsaw puzzles and their benefits.

Benefits of Riddles

The Organic Mind: Brain Teasers & RiddlesTalks a little about the brain science behind using riddles and brain teasers and the benefits.
ESD: Why Riddles Are Important for All Ages – Explains what a riddle is and the types, cultural riddles, and their benefits for all ages.
Grin: Six Benefits of Riddles for Children – How riddles benefit and word the brain. 

Thoughts From The Boys: The Benefits of Riddles: Benefits of riddles and offers a few difficult one to solve.

YouTube: Recreational Mathematics Playlist – A collection of videos about recreational mathematics: Documentaries and benefits.
Here’s one of the videos from the list:

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Recreational Math Activities

Math World: Recreational Mathematics – Offers a list of activities available on the site. Some of the selections include: Cryptograms, dissection, folding, games, illusions and there’s MUCH more!

Math.com: Recreational – Puzzles, fractals, Spirograph, Roman Numeral calculator, and other topics.


The Math Factor: A Quick Puzzle From OSCON – Check out the archives of this site located on the right side panel for great information.


Yummy Math.com – Site provides students and teachers with engaging real-world math activities. 
Example page: Big Air Snowboarding

KhanAcademy: Math for fun and glory  – Offers users the opportunity to explore doodling in math and puzzles.


Math Lair Recreational Mathematics – Offers a selection of activities related to recreational mathematics.

Math Overflow: Recreational Mathematics Where To Search Where to find recreational math activities.


Age of Puzzles: According to the site, it offers ‘a colorful journey through endless patterns of quick wits’.

Math Pickle.com: Site is Organized By Grade and offers lots of games and puzzles.

Scientific American: Blog: A Month of Magic & Mystery – Article offers some fun ways to get into a math mood.

Briddles: Maths Riddles – A daily treat for your mind.

David Eppstein’s Recreational Mathematics Page – Math Fun offer links to other great math activities.

Earth Measures.com: Native American Geometry DESIGNS – From the site: ‘The Design Section is a playground that exercises visual/mental creativity and behavioral precision.’

The Art of Mathematics – Offers a collection of downloadable books for educators to use.

Funschooling & Recreational Learning: Informal Math Activities  – I offer a variety of fun and informal math activities such as: Roman Numerals, geometric art, spirals, strategy games, challenges, and quite a few other things to enjoy.

Wikipedia offers the following topics: 

List of Recreational Number Theory Topics

Journal of Recreational Mathematics


Verbal Arithmetic


Book: Recreational Mathematics

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

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