Butterfly Activity Pages

Introducing: Butterfly Puzzle Pages!

This Butterfly themed publication has seven (7) games, puzzles, and activities that can be played alone and with others.

Activities include:

– Butterfly Word Find


– Butterfly Word Scramble Activity


– Butterfly ABC Order Activity


–  Butterfly Pixel Art


– Name Ten Butterflies Activity


–  Butterfly Rebus Puzzle


– Finish The Butterfly Drawing Activity 


Also included:

Answer section for the puzzles.


This is a 2 page PDF with 4 sections per page.


The printable pages can be laminated for long term, repeated use. Use a wipe-off marker for 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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Fun Ways To Learn At A Public Garden


There are a great many benefits to walking through a public garden, and if you ever taken the time to visit one in your community or area, you know it can be a peaceful and relaxing place that leaves you refreshed from the experience. It is also a great place to give your observation skills a workout because of all the sites, smells, and sounds that naturally occur everywhere.


Here are some fun learning activities you can do while you are there that can enhance the experience!

  • Identify the flowers, plants, and trees you see around you.
  • Observe the wildlife that comes to visit the plants. 

Use the Shazam for Nature app to help you identify plants and animals you don’t know.

  • Join a garden association or society or volunteer your time to a community or public garden. Compare different gardens if you can visit a few of them. Volunteer to learn how they work and the amount of work it takes to keep them going as a valuable part of the community.
  • Look around to see who’s pollinating the plants and how it’s being done.
  • If you can, find dead plants/insects to observe. Take a pocket microscope or magnifying glass with you so you can get a closer look.
  • Read the map of the area, if one is offered.

  • Make a map of the areas you visited/enjoyed the most. How did you get to your favorite spot?

  • As you walk around, identify the scents and sounds around you. Take a deep breath and do your best to identify specific scents.

  • Put a name to the colors you see. A general color my be yellow, blue, red, green, etc., but then there are more sophisticated names for shades of colors such as buttercup yellow, fuchsia pink, azure, avocado, etc..

  • Find a quiet place to draw or paint what you see. If you enjoy drawing or painting, bring your supplies with you and enjoy being outside doing what you love.

  • Talk to the botanist, horticulturist, or the garden’s caretaker(s) and ask them questions about the things you find most interesting. A public garden near me allows us to take native plants to grow in our own yard and the caretaker is always eager to share her knowledge with us.

  • Find patterns within the flowers/plants and animals around you. Natural patterns are everywhere in nature. If you look around you’ll find them.

  • Sit down and observe the day and area around you. Find a comfortable spot to sit and be for a while and observe the sites, sounds, and smells all around you. Close your eyes and take it all in. It’s a great way to release stress.

  • Take pictures and videos. Take pictures and videos of the things you see and do. Use them to create a nature scrapbook, to help identify the things you saw, or to remember the great time you had! Post them to your blog or social media page.

  • Participate in a public vegetable garden. Many communities have areas were you can grow a garden to share with others.
Don’t forget to pack a lunch with you so you can spend the day exploring and discovering the gardens you visit!

    What are some of the fun and interesting things you like to do when you visit a public garden? Leave your suggestions in the comments below!

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    12 Fun Ways To Learn In The Park

    Explore the trails. As you walk through the trails, look around at the wildlife and plants, and try to identify as many as you can. You may find the free app Shazam for Nature helpful for identifying local plant life. Bring a pocket microscope or a magnifying glass along with you to get a better look at things!

    Count how many times it takes to swing really high. Pump your legs at various speeds and count how many times it takes to swing as high as you like to go. How much force does it take to get to a comfortable speed?

    See who’s hanging out at the pond. If your park has a pond, or a body of water within it, identify who’s hanging out in it or visiting at the time. Observe, take pictures, or draw what you see. Supervision suggested.

    Draw or take pictures/videos of the things you see and do. Bring your sketchbook and colored pencils or painting supplies along with you, or a camera to record what you see.

     Start a game of tag with some of the other people in the park.

    Take sporting equipment with you. Bring a Frisbee, tennis equipment, a playground ball, basket ball, baseball equipment, or a kite, with you to play with and invite some other people to join you.

    Find a couple of sticks and have a race with someone else. Bring a friend and a stopwatch and see how fast you can run from one stick to another. Think of some other fun games you can play with a stick or two.

    Bring chalk to draw with. Make a hopscotch board and invite someone to play with you.

    Bring your skates, bike, or a skate board. Ride the bike trails if the park has one or skate in the skate park. Don’t forget your safety gear!

    Bring a friend or a pet to play with.

    Bring some toys to play with. Consider bringing sand toys, dump trucks, dolls, action figures, etc..

    Play on the playground equipment available.

    People watch. Sit on a bench and observe what other people are doing.

    Don’t forget to pack water and a snack or lunch to enjoy when you take a break from having fun!

    What are some of the fun and interesting things you like to do when you visit the park? Leave your suggestions in the comments below!

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    Springtime Puzzle Fun


    This Springtime publication has six (6) games, puzzles, and activities that can be played alone and with others.

    Activities include:

    – Spring Word Find

    – Springtime Words Within Words Game

    – Springtime A-Z

    – Tic-Tac-Toe Game Board

    – Springtime Guess My Word

    – Draw A Butterfly Activity

    Also included:
    Instructions for how to play Words within Words and an
    Answer section with sun and flower icons for the Tic-Tac-Toe game
     This is a 2 page PDF with 4 sections per page.

    Great for homeschoolers, family fun time, and anyone who enjoys playing games. These are wonderful for traveling too!

    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. 

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

    For purchasing information please visit my Etsy store: Funschooling Press


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    Shamrocks

    Cultural & Botanical Information

    Irish Culture and Customs: Emblems of Ireland: The Shamrock Learn how the shamrock became an emblem of Ireland. 

    Fine Gardening: The History of the ShamrockFull of symbolism, this plant has mystical roots – Article

    SFGate: Botany Difference Between Clover and Shamrock Plants – Read about the difference between the two.

    Wikipedia: Shamrocks – Offers information about different aspects of the shamrock: As a cultural icon and plant species. 

    Videos

    Craft Projects
    DLTK: Shamrock Crafts – Get instructions to make: A 3D Shamrock paper craft, a lacing craft, a cross stitch pattern, and more.
    Artists Helping Children: Shamrock Crafts For Kids: Saint Patrick’s Irish Shamrock Day Crafts and Activities for Children & Preschoolers – This site offers a variety of crafts that include shamrocks.

    About Framily Crafts: 21 DIY Shamrock Crafts – This site offers links to a variety of shamrock related crafts.

    Kids Activity Blog: 17 Shamrock Crafts for Kids – Links to shamrock crafts.

    Hands On As We Grow – 20 Lucky Shamrock Crafts for Kids to Make this St. Patrick’s DayMore interesting ways to make shamrocks. 


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    Earth Day Activities!

    The following activities will take you to another post located on Funschooling, unless otherwise noted.

    Save your take out containers, cereal boxes, small containers, old shirts, milk/water jugs and cartons, straws, soda/water bottles, bottle caps and lids, wire hangers, and egg shells for the following fun and Earth friendly activities!


    Make Your Own Nature Backpack – Before you go out to explore the world, build a nature backpack to take along with you!

    Net Bag – Use an old wire hanger to make a net bag that closes.

    Crafts From Repurposed Items – Used a variety of recycled items to make useful things.

    Make Your Own Bubble Solution – Make homemade bubble solution than bubble making objects from recycled items. Make scented bubbles too!

    Solar Cooking – Make a solar cooker from a take out container then cook your lunch outside!

    Bird Watching Activities – Bird watching activities from repurposed items, bird treat ideas, and links to bird-related activities and information.

    Bottle Toss Game – Make a simple game with hula hoops and soda bottles.

    Mini Marble Run – Instructions to make a mini marble run with straws, a cereal box, and a marble.

    Make Your Own Bottle Cap Stamps– Make your own stamps from recycled caps and lids, then create a fun game to play with them.

    Rock & Mineral Resources – Rock & Mineral Resources include: Types of rocks and minerals, rock symbols and mythology, experiments and more.

    Geodes – Learn about geodes, how they are formed, how they form, interesting facts and do a crystal making activity with recycled egg shells.




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    Celebrate The Season of Spring!

    What is Spring?

    Wikipedia: Spring (Season) – Information about the season of spring and natural and cultural events celebrated by different countries.

    Living Science: Spring: Season of New Beginnings – Information about the spring equinox and how it works in each hemisphere.

    Fun Spring Activities


    eThemes: Spring –  Information is geared toward grades 1-5


    Universal Preschool: Dandelion Fun & Springtime Learning  – Fun learning activities for preschool aged children.


    First School: Spring – For preschool aged children.

    About.com Spring – Spring Learning Activities for Kids and Families

    A to Z Teacherstuff Themes: Spring – Printables, crafts, and projects

    Activity Village: Spring – Colouring Pages, crafts, puzzles, worksheets, and more!

    ABCteach: Spring – Ideas for studying spring across the curriculum.

    Real Simple: Fun Spring Activities Checklist – Site offers about 50 great activity ideas you can do during in springtime.

    Today’s Parent: 50 fun, free spring activities – Use the arrows to scroll through the pictures to see the suggestions.

    DLTK: Spring Crafts and Children’s Activities – Bulletin board ideas, crafts, coloring pages, games and puzzles, spring poems, recipes, and more.

    Spring Related Videos

    Please visit the YouTube playlist that I’ve created for spring related information.

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    Scented Bubbles

    Bubbles are great to play with any time of the year, add a scent to them to make them even more fun!

    You can make scented bubbles in a variety of ways:


    Bubble Base: Make your own bubbles or use commercial.


    To make your own, experiment with good dish soap, water, and glycerine or sugar to make bubbles that work well. I have an experimental version here. If you want a recipe, check the resources section at the bottom of that post.

    Tip: Water makes a difference. If you have hard water, use purified or distilled water instead.

    Scents: Use unsweetened flavored drink mix, food extract, or essential oils.


    #1. Use unsweetened flavored drink mixes by adding 1/8 tsp at time until you like the scent. 


    #2. Add your favorite extract 1 teaspoon at a time as you mix.


    #3. Stir in 15-20 drops of your favorite essential oil to your bubble solution.


    Wands: Use old wands, make your own shapes out of chenille stems, use different sized straws, make paper cones, use your hands, etc.. Make giant bubbles with a length of string and 2 sticks.

    Here’s a video showing how to make a giant bubble wand.

    I hope you enjoy making and playing with scented bubbles!


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    SPRINGTIME ACTIVITIES

    If you are looking for something fun and educational to do during Springtime, try a few of the following activities…


    Bubble Solution – Experiment to find out what ingredients make the biggest and best bubbles.

    Bird Eggs – Links to science projects with eggs, make egg salad with a twist, and learn about the anatomy of bird eggs.

    Bird Watching Activities – Bring the birds to you by making a bird feeder and bird food and learning how to identify them by shape, sound and color.

    Spring/Easter Egg Craft – Make a hinged egg with a surprise inside. Full instructions and printable pattern available for this activity. This creative project is a great storytelling activity for any age.

    An Eggcellent Game – Use a recycled egg carton and some plastic eggs to play this fun game.

    Nature Backpack – Before your next outing, pack up a few items that will help make exploring nature a little more fun and informative. 

    Chocolate – Learn about the history of chocolate, make an old fashioned chocolate egg cream, chocolate covered pretzels, chocolate bath soap, and chocolate lip balm.

    Strawberry Craze – This mini strawberry research project is filled with questions to explore, experiments such as extracting DNA from a strawberry, a recipe for a strawberry breakfast sundae, plus links and videos.

    Hula Hoop – Activities that can be done with a hula hoop, a link to the history of hoops, and videos about how to hula hoop and some of the amazing things people can do with them.

    Geodes – Learn how to make geodes from alum, sugar, salt, or Borax, and learn how they are formed in nature.

    Outdoor Charades – Make being outside a little more fun with a game of outdoor charades.

    Bottle Toss – Make a bottle toss game from recycled items.

    Bottle Cap Stamps – Make stamps from recycled caps and lids. Suggestions for use and instructions for the game, Code-Breaker included.

    Tic-Tac-Toe Game – Make a tic-tac-toe game from recycled items and learn about the history of the game.

    Crafts from Recycled Items – Turn egg shells into art, plastic milk jugs into a luminaries, grocery bags into a decorative bags and a shirt into a shoulder bag.

    Outside links…

    Still Learning Something New puts out a monthly calendar with monthly food themes, birthdays, events, holidays and much more. Check out the April, May, and June calendars for more info.

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    Bird Watching Activities

    We love to watch the birds and hear their cheerful songs throughout the day, so we do our best to make them feel as welcome as possible to keep them coming back.
    Having them visit each day gives us the opportunity to get to know them better. We learn what they look like up close, what they like to eat, what they sound like, what time of the year they come around, their eating patterns, who gets along with whom, and, in some cases, who likes to eat them or invade their space.
    In order to give them a reason to come around, we make bird feeders from recycled items and offer them a variety of tasty foods and building materials to encourage them to build a nest in our trees.

    We used to purchase feeders, but a few of our local squirrels would break into them and throw them to the ground, ruining them! By making our own feeders, we don’t worry about the squirrels any more, we simply make another one!
    We’ve made a lot of bird feeders over the years and have repurposed many different types of items. The birds are our biggest critics on what we make, so we take notes on who and what likes and dislikes the feeders we make and the items we offer.
    Homemade bird feeders…
    We’ve been known to use some unusual items to make our feeders such as:
    Milk and juice cartons, plastic water/juice jugs, soda and water bottles, mesh fruit/veggie bags, coconut shell halves, orange and grapefruit halves, coffee cans, pine cones, stale bagels and bread, cans, cardboard tubes, sticks, soup containers, aluminum pie pans, old cups and bowls, etc.
    Note: Make sure everything is clean before using it.
    We’ll also use sticks, pencils, dowels, craft sticks, duct tape, yarn, wire hangers, recycled fishing line, a hole punch, scissors and anything else we can think of to make and hang our feeders.
    Creating one of a kind feeders is something we enjoy doing. I’ll put some items on a table set-up outside, along with some paper and pencils for planning, and we’ll get busy making our feeders.
    Tasty treats to offer…
    Items to offer the birds: Cereal, nuts, seeds, raisins, dried cranberries, apple peels, birdseed, peanuts, songbird food, popcorn, and peanut butter and bird seed covered items.
    During the colder seasons, we’ll make our own suet from leftover bacon grease or lard, corn meal, flour, seeds, nuts, and dried apples. We’ll make a lot and store it in the freezer.
    Tip: Fill clean, recycled plastic juice and water bottles with bird seed to make refilling the feeders easier.
    Inviting them to stay…

    If you would like your birds to live close by, consider offering them bird-nest-making materials such as: Hair, bits of fabric, yarn, twin, shredded paper, laundry lint, pine needles, etc.
    These items can be hung from a tree in a mesh bag (such as an orange or onion bag) or a fruit container with openings (such as a berry container).
    Once we have the birds at our feeders, we get the chance to watch their habits, draw them, observe them and identify them by shape, color and sound. 
    Here are some resources to help you get started.

    Bird Identification Sites
    Bird guide, cam, basics, an much more.
    Search for 800 birds of North America.
    Offers the following info: About this guide, how to Bird, how to identify birds, plumage and molt, parts of a bird, classification of birds, bird families, natural history of birds, endangered and threatened birds and bir
    d conservation
    Identify birds from all over the world.

    eNature: Bird Sounds
    Learn to identify certain birds by the sounds they make.
    Look for free bird watching apps too.

    Bird Activities
    View an amazing picture journey of a chick that grows into a full grown bird in 36 days.
    Instructions for an easy to make bird feeder made from a recycled milk/juice carton.
    Suet Recipe – Recipe instructions for making your own suet.
    Bird Word Puzzles – Scroll through to find printable word finds and other bird related word activities, coloring pages, and games.
    Enchanted Learning: Birds
    In addition to finding information about birds on this site, you will find:
    Bird Word Find – Printable
    Bird Activities – This site offers bird related: rhymes, crafts, and songs. Other activities require a membership to access.
    Choose a bird-related jigsaw puzzle to do on line.
    Purple Kitty Yarns:Birdhouse Shaped Cross-word Puzzle
    Printable birdhouse puzzle with bird-related clues.

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