# Free Math Activity Book for K-5

April 15th, 2019

It’s Monday, April 15, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

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Age Range: 5-10 (Grades K-5, with parental supervision)

At this archived site, you’ll find a free math activity book designed for parents to use with their children to help them learn important math concepts in a fun and engaging way.

Provided by the U.S. Department of Education, there are no bells and whistles here, just easy-to-do math activities, sorted by grade range from K-5, that are formatted for user-friendliness.

When you get to the site, you’ll land on the “Title Page” of the online book. Simply scroll to the bottom of the page and click the “Next” buttons on each page to read the Foreword, Introduction, and to access the Activities that include:

• Math in the Home – Discover fun ways to use things you find around the house to learn measurement, fractions, counting, addition, subtraction, graphing, geometrical concepts, telling time and much more.
• Math at the Grocery Store – Practice measurement, estimation, weighing, counting, and figuring price per unit versus price per pound while helping your children learn estimation skills – all while doing the grocery shopping!
• Math on the Go – Do fun math activities as you travel from place to place using numbers found on license plates, buildings, buses, taxis, houses, and gas stations.
• Math for the Fun of It – As the book explains, there are fascinating mathematical possibilities in the world around you. Look for math in nature – in the symmetry in leaves and various shapes and patterns of blooming flowers. You’ll find lots of other fun suggestions as well.

The book wraps up with some pointers for parents on helping children achieve in mathematics along with suggestions for helping children with school assignments, and resources for further learning.

By the way, if you get tired of clicking the “Next” buttons – you can access the entire table of contents with links to specific sections of the book here.

The activities in this online book are perfect for homeschooling families and can be used in any way that makes sense to you and your children. You can also print it out and use it offline as well!

# Wildflower Coloring Pages

September 29th, 2018

It’s Saturday, September 29, 2018, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

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Wildflower Coloring Pages

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

Grab your crayons, colored pencils and markers and get ready to color some beautiful wildflowers while learning about them.

There are four choices at today’s link:

• Color Wildflowers – From the Alpine Forget-Me-Not to the Yellow Stonecrop, choose from 44 different flowers, each of which includes information about the plant.
• Color of Flowers – Each sheet includes 4 color-by-number flowers.
• Coloring Books – Choose from 7 different wildflower coloring book PDFs.
• Color Noxious Weeds – Learn about noxious weeds and color their picture.

There are more wildflower activities for kids available on the left-hand sidebar including vocabulary, puzzles and more teacher resources.

# Learn to Draw

August 18th, 2018

It’s Saturday, August 18, 2018, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Easy Drawing Guides

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

This ad-supported website provides oodles of step-by-step drawing tutorials for animals, plants, cartoon characters and more. Most of the tutorials include video and online instruction.

The homepage provides some topical samples of the lessons with “See More” links under the categories including:

• Popular Drawing Ideas – cartoon flowers, a horse head, cartoon characters and much more
• Latest Easy Drawing Tutorials – Find the most recent tutorials here.
• How to Draw Animals – dogs, cats, forest creatures and other mammals, birds, fish and sea life, fantasy creatures and more
• How to Draw Cartoons – T.V. characters, Star Wars, Disney, Japanese manga, super heroes, and more
• How to Draw Flowers – from daisies to sunflowers and everything in between as well as trees, bushes, fruit and vegetables
• How to Draw People – characters, body parts and more
• How to Draw Things – food, instruments, transportation, buildings and all kinds of random things
• Other Drawing Guides – things that may not have fit into other categories such as emojis, symbols, landscapes, weather and much more

Visitors can browse the collections or use the search engine to see if there is a tutorial for something specific. Drawing lessons also include texts about the subject.

If you subscribe to their newsletter you will receive a PDF Learn to Draw Animals ebook as well as the ability to download the lessons.

# Science with Goos, Doughs, Clays, & Compounds!

March 13th, 2018

It’s Tuesday, March 13, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

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100+ Goo Recipes

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

One of the greatest ways to introduce kids to science is through experiments that involve mixing things together to create something new, interesting, odd, strange, weird and fun!

There are no bells and whistles at this website, just a simple archive of over 100 recipes for concoctions like slime, play dough, silly putty, and more. (Sometimes, simplicity is so refreshing, isn’t it?) NOTE: Not all of the links work, but there are definitely enough recipes to keep your children busy.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of recipes divided into categories that include:

• Dough’s – Get recipes for play doughs made from flour, coffee, cornmeal, oatmeal, peanut butter, and more!
• Clay, Goo & other Compounds – Make chocolate clay, clean mud, and the popular non-Newtonian solid using cornstarch and water. Make clay from dryer lint and Kool-Aid, make GAK (using borax and Elmer’s glue), get recipes for sand clay, silly putty, and slime!
• Papier-mâché – Use dryer lint, strips of paper, and pastes of all textures to create imaginative designs.
• Paints, Dyes and Crayons – Learn to make your soapy finger paint, and pudding paint. You’ll even find instructions for coloring rice and pasta.
• Bubbles, Chalk , Stamps, Make-up – Get recipes for all kinds of bubble solutions, make sidewalk chalk, and create your own fruit-flavored stamps.
• Art, Activities, Gifts – Make salt sculptures, preserve flowers, make ornaments and bath salts.

Click on any one to get the instructions. Then, your kids can mix potions (just like real chemists!) and make fun substances that they can use for open-ended play or to use in arts and crafts projects.

# Science In A Pond

September 26th, 2017

It’s Tuesday, September 26, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

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Microscopy-UK.org: A Virtual Pond Dip

Age Range: 7-18 (Grades 2-12, with parental supervision)

This website allows you to virtually explore pond life and all of the amazing microscopic critters that live there!

When you get to this site you will see a picture of a collection jar with pond water and lots of unusual creatures in it along with

instructions on how to begin your investigation.

Click on any one of the items in the jar, and a new page opens with detailed information about it. You’ll examine:

• Protozoa
• Algae
• Copepod
• Paramecium
• Amoeba
• Hydra
• Water Flea
• Rotifers
• Ostracod

If you click on the words “Pond Life Identification Kit” in the introduction, a new page opens with a terrific guide that will help you identify pond life – and it provides instructions on how to collect microscopic pond life from freshwater ponds wherever you live.

There are links to websites that use multi-media tools for extensive study of pond life as well.

Use the horizontal menu tab at the top of the page to explore an archive of microscopy including:

• Intro – Read the history of the microscope, find out how to buy a microscope, explore insects, botany, and marine life.
• Museum – Explore the “Micropolitan Museum” that includes incredible photos of specimens from freshwater and marine environments. Check out “The Insectarium,” and “The Botanical Garden” too.
• 3-D Images – Don’t miss this incredible archive of 3-D computer models of insects, flowers, bacteria, viruses, and much more!

This is a great tool to help you begin microscopic examinations with your children/students – even if you don’t own a microscope or have a real pond in your neighborhood.

# Art Projects from Nature!

July 25th, 2017

It’s Tuesday, July 25, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

A Natural State

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades K-12 with most suited for middle school and up. Younger children will need adult assistance.)

This web presentation from the state of South Carolina explores how people are inspired by nature to shape, twist, carve, and weave materials collected from the landscape into works of art.

Interviews with natural artists from various geographical zones of South Carolina are included on the site along with samples of their work.

The website provides free virtual workshops with step-by-step instructions and illustrations on how to make artwork using natural materials such as clay, pine needles, branches, vines, acorns, nuts, flowers, leaves, rocks, shells, and more. Click on “Workshops” to see a menu of projects that include:

• Dyes and Dyeing
• Bentwood Trellis Making
• Dioramas