Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Free Frugal Family Fun Activities Ebook

     There's nothing I love better than doing fun activities with my kids. Admittedly, many of ours have included arts and crafts in the mix because of my artsy bent, lol. But frugality has always been important to us considering our low budget. Activities with my family make my fondest memories. How about you?
     One of my favorite idea sources has been "Family Fun" magazine, for instance. Now, Jim Erskine has added to the mix with his latest freebie offering:  "Our Favorite Family Fun Activities -- Volume One: At Home!" The ideas are fun for families of all kinds, whether homeschooling or not.
     Here's how he describes this fun resource: " in Volume One we have a great collection of “real life” ideas for fun, frugal activities for the family – when you want to have a fun evening or afternoon AT HOME."
     "Entertaining the family doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg.  (You can save those to buy gasoline.)  There are all sorts of creative ways for the Family to have fun, be together, and spend little if any money.  All it takes is a little resourcefulness, creativity, an open mind and a young heart.  After all, nothing’s better than laughing with your family, and laughs are free."

Treasure Hunting on the beach
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     One of my favorites in the 12-page PDF is the Treasure Hunt idea. I have so many wonderful memories of treasure hunts we've made in our family. We even do Christian-theme treasure hunts at Easter. (Search Easter for that post here on this website soon.)

To download your copy of the ebook, go here: Homeschool Freebie of the Day:

Here are some more fun activities and resources:
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Monday, July 30, 2012

Free Test and Quiz Creation licensed software EasyQuizzy 2.0, normally costs $25! Great for homeschool, business, etc.

Wow what a super tool for homeschool and classroom alike available free today from Giveaway of the Day! I'm very excited about this one. It normally costs $25, but is free today only until midnight.
     For that matter, this test creation tool would also be fun for Facebook users and other entertainment purposes, survey creation for business etc., and many other uses:
     Here's how they describe it:
 "EasyQuizzy is a test creation tool that enables you to create tests of any complexity and to compile them into completely independent executable files that can be emailed, shared on the Internet, or copied to all computers in a classroom.
     Tests can consist of an unlimited number of questions (multiple choice, multiple response, short answer, matching, sequence, or polar) each with an unlimited number of possible answers."

System Requirements:Windows NT/ 2000/ XP/ Vista/ 7; Linux, Mac OS, FreeBSD, and Solaris with Wine installed.

     Supported languages: Armenian, Belarusian, Bulgarian, Dutch, English, French, Georgian, German, Kazakh, Latvian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Tajik, Tatar, Udmurt, Ukrainian, Uzbek, and Vietnamese.
     To get yours go here: http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/

Free Country Olympic Flash Cards, My Country Book, Homeschool Activities Workbook

Map of Summer Olympics locations. Countries th...
Map of Summer Olympics locations. Countries that have hosted one Summer Olympics are shaded green, while countries that have hosted two or more are shaded blue. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 In honor of the 2012 Summer Olympics going on right now, I have several freebies and resources related to it today:

-  Homeschool Freebie of the Day announced today that Knowledge Quest has a fun project for your kids to work on during the Olympic Games that, as Knowledge Quest describes it, "will give them an outlet for their creative energy after they have expended their physical energy trying some of the gymnastic stunts or sprinting feats across your living room floor.
     Their My Country Book will help your children record their favorite Olympic moments while reinforcing their geography knowledge and providing an interesting keepsake notebook to enjoy when it is finished.
     I think my favorite part of their multi-PDF downloads is their full-color flash cards of Olympic countries, but all are really nice.
To download yours click here:
My Country Book (Great Olympics project!) « Homeschool Freebie of the Day:

-     ABC Teach has many Summer Olympics activities for classroom or homeschool, several of which are cool and free. (I like the word search in the shape of an athlete.)  Check out their blog here:  They have a host of fun games and learning activities that the whole family can use.
To join in the festivities, abcteach has also been doing their own Olympic countdown (check their FB page)!

-  -  Here some cool bits of historical Olympic ephemera that I found on the web for you:

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17th Summer Olympic Games, Rome, August 25 - September 11, 1960
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Dorando Pietri at the Marathon finish Olympic Games 1908 London
File:Marathon Hicks1904.jpg Tom Hicks, Marathon Olympic Champion and his supporters at the marathon.
St. Louis Olympic Games, 1904
English: Commemorative stamp of Greece, The Fi...
English: Commemorative stamp of Greece, The First Olympic Games (1896), 2 lepta. Русский: Марка Греции. Первые Олимпийские игры, 1896, 2 лепты (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

-  Here is a map showing what countries are hoping to host the Olympic games in 2020:

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Countries that are bidding for 2020 Summer Olympic GamesPradeep90
Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported 

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Free WordBoggle Android Video Game App Download for Android or Try Free on Your Computer

WordBoggle     Here's another reason I wish I had an android phone. I found this freebie for you. This time, though, us non-android owners can at least try it out and play it on the Amazon Cloud! (See below)
Boggle (Photo credit: mharvey75)
     I love the Boggle word game. It keeps the mind fresh, I think. And I need all the world I can get. :)

Either the board game or this app would also be great for homeschooling, I think.
     Here's more info on the portable one according to Amazon, and the link for you to get yours:

Product Features

  • Easy-to-use interface
  • Keeps track of words made and their individual values
  • Two board sizes

Product Description
Boggle is one of the most-beloved word games ever produced. This Boggle clone brings the same basic concept to your Android phone. Simply tap on the letters to create words--the longer the word, the more points you score. You also get extra points for using less-common letters such as V, K, X, Q, and Z.

If you make a mistake it's easy to backtrack and start again. All games are untimed, so you don't have to feel pressured (although you can always use an external clock to limit your session). At any point during the game you can click on the settings to see a list of the words you've found and their point totals.
You can click here to get yours free now:

This app is not only fun, it develops your brain at the same time. How many words can you find? Just thinking about it boggles the mind.
What's new in version 1.4
  • Features coming soon include a high scores table, a timed mode, and online play against friends.

Available instantly for your Android device

Clicking the “Test drive now” button launches a copy of this app on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), a web service that provides on-demand compute capacity in the cloud for developers. When you interact with the simulated phone using your mouse and keyboard, we send those inputs over the Internet to the app running on Amazon EC2 — just like your mobile device would send a finger tap to the app. Our servers then send the video and audio output from the app back to your computer. All this happens in real time, allowing you to explore the features of the app as if it were running on your mobile device.

Here are some other fun Word Games for all ages. Some are free and some aren't:

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