Posts Tagged ‘fun’

Fun Christmas Village Virtual Tour

December 13th, 2019

 

It’s Friday, December 13, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Ogden’s Christmas Village

(https://christmasvillagemap.ogdencity.com/)

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

 

Take a fun journey through a Christmas Village with this website. Since its beginning in 1962, visitors to downtown Ogden, Utah, have enjoyed the display of a “dazzling winter wonderland set aglow with Christmas lights and a unique setting of cottages modeled after Santa’s village at the North Pole.”

There are a few ways to navigate the tour: 

  • Use the arrows on the sides of the images to move back and forth through the images.
  • Click a number on the map to see the building’s display.
  • Use the thumbnails at the bottom of the screen to select an image.

Each cottage includes its name, sponsor, and most have the date when it was built. A sampling of cottages you will see are: 

  • Carnegie Free Library
  • North Pole Express
  • AmeriCan-Fix-It Ski Shop
  • The Church of Hope
  • Nani’s Cottage
  • Nutcracker Nook
  • Polarview Manor
  • Santa’s Garage
  • Frosty’s Firehouse

And over 50 more whimsically themed displays.

If you live near Ogden, Utah, the village is traditionally open from the Saturday after Thanksgiving through January 1.

This simple and fun little tour is a nice addition to your holidays.

Read the Christmas story in comic book style

December 11th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, December 11, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The First Christmas Story

(www.whychristmas.com/christmasstory/)

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

 

Created by James Cooper from the UK, this Christmas story can be read comic book style.


When you get to the site, the ‘comic book’ is ready to read. Click on the right arrow to go to the next page. 

When you are through, go to the main site of Why Christmas? It’s kid-friendly and explores all things Christmas. Use the links in the upper menu to select from: 

  • Christmas Traditions and Customs – Learn all about when the Christmas season is celebrated, the traditions of candles, candy canes, Christmas cards, carols, mistletoe, St. Nicholas, Santa Claus, and Father Christmas and so much more
  • Christmas Around the World – Discover how Christmas is celebrated in countries around the world
  • The Christmas Story – Read, listen, and/or watch the full Christmas story.
  • Christmas Fun and Activities – Activities include an online Christmas tree to decorate, a nativity scene to build either online or downloadable, word searches and a crossword puzzle, Christmas desktop wallpaper, and loads of other creative and fun activities

After browsing through all that is available, be sure to add to your fun by selecting the “Christmas Karaoke” image on the home page. You will be taken to another website, Tis the Season to be Singing, where you and your family can sing along to over 50 Christmas Carols and songs.

Free Math Enrichment Games and Problems

December 9th, 2019

 

It’s Monday, December 9, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

NRICH

(https://nrich.maths.org/)

Age Range: 3-18 (Grades PreK-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website is a project of the math faculty at The University of Cambridge and provides FREE math games, interesting problems, and helpful materials that are suitable for students of a wide age, ability, and grade range.

Don’t be deceived by the simple look of the home page – this site harbors a rich resource bank with thousands of fun and fascinating math challenges and printable materials that will engage your students while helping to develop problem-solving and mathematical thinking skills. Click on the icon that interests you on the front page or choose from the following from the top menu: 

  • Primary Students
  • Secondary Students
  • Early Years
  • Primary Teachers
  • Secondary Teachers
  • Topics

Note: Because this is a UK website, some of the references may be unfamiliar particularly when it comes to money. Parents can easily guide children to substitutions so they can do the exercises.

Bookmark this website – it is updated with new material regularly.

Christmas Science

December 3rd, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, December 3, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Science Sparks – Christmas Science

(www.science-sparks.com/christmas-science/)

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

 

We’ve recently reviewed other parts of this website but we thought with the season upon us it would be appropriate to spotlight these 20 Christmas-themed science experiments.

You’ll find experiments for the kitchen, the playroom and even outside. These are fun and there is something here that everyone will enjoy!

In the kitchen enjoy these: 

  • Make some spiced apple cider and explore filtering at the same time.
  • Make lovely mint-flavored chocolate leaves and learn about changes of state.
  • Create fizzing Christmas trees or gingerbread men.

In the playroom try: 

  • a Christmas themed magnet or marble maze.
  • How about making jumping snowmen or Christmas trees using static electricity?
  • Designing some symmetrical Christmas trees.
  • Making a Christmas-themed Optical Illusion.

Outside explore: 

  • Create wonderful ice ornaments.
  • Work out how tall your Christmas tree is without measuring it.

There is much more here including activities for younger children. Bookmark this page and use it throughout the holiday season.

Thanksgiving Crafts!

November 23rd, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, November 23, 2019, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Thanksgiving Art

(www.dltk-holidays.com/thanksgiving/turkey_crafts.html)

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

 

We thought you might like to get some step-by-step tutorials on how to make fun Thanksgiving arts and crafts with this website from DLTK.

Explore a menu of “Turkey Crafts” that include: 

  • Make an Autumn Leaf Turkey
  • Make a Toilet Paper Roll Turkey
  • Make a Variety of Handprint Turkeys
  • Make a Paper Plate Turkey
  • Make a Turkey Napkin Ring
  • and more.

Click on any item and a new page opens with complete instructions and illustrations. Many of these projects are so simple, they’d make a great activity for your Thanksgiving guests. Simply provide the materials needed and a space for assembly, demonstrate how to do it, and let everyone create their own memorable party favor.

Virtual Field Trip to Scotland

November 22nd, 2019

 

It’s Friday, November 22, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Electric Scotland

(www.electricscotland.com/travel/pitlochry/pictures_tours.htm)

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

 

At this ad-supported site, a native Scotsman shares his love of his homeland through photos and captions. Don’t let a first glimpse of this website deceive you – there is lots and lots of fun and fascinating content here.

When you get to the site you’ll see a photograph of Pitlochry, Scotland. Below it is a menu of links to photo archives of various scenic tours and historic landmarks throughout the country. Click on any one and the pictorial adventure begins. But that’s not all!

Use the menu at the top to explore all about Scotland:

  • history
  • culture
  • famous Scots
  • family trees and geneologies
  • travel
  • sports
  • wildlife
  • and more!

It’s all in a very accessible format, in readable chunks, with rapid download. A Scotland aficionado could easily spend a few years here. Anyone planning scholarly research on Scotland would definitely want to bookmark this site.

But there’s even more! This website is loaded with books, poetry, recipes, and even videos! There are children’s stories, games and Scottish music. You can interact with the online Scottish community [parental supervision required] or plan a trip to Scotland.

There is a lot of content here. Because of that, we were unable to review the entire site that also contains links to other resources we haven’t reviewed as well. So, AS ALWAYS, PARENTS MUST PREVIEW THE SITE TO DETERMINE SUITABILITY OF CONTENT.

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