Simple Drawing Lessons from RamblingEverOn

Screen shot 2016-05-18 at 11.32.46 AMBrandon Atwood, a contributor to the always interesting, family-friendly  RamblingEverOn blog (which we recommend you check out!), is posting a series of seven simple drawing lessons that are appropriate for artists and non-artists alike. These are deceptively quick and easy, but they really help the student begin to “see” what they are drawing and how to draw it in a clear way. These would be perfect for a summertime art lesson notebook!

Here’s what Brandon says about these lessons:

Anybody can draw. I realize that is not the common view but I stick by it. If you want to learn how to draw, you can. You just have to practice and have some confidence in yourself. Here are seven “lessons” that will help you get there. I’ve been drawing since I was a kid and had art lessons in high school. I’ve also read a few books on drawing. I’m taking ideas from all my experiences and reading to help you learn how to start drawing. I recommend doing no more than one lesson a day. It takes some time to learn to draw. Just like anything else, you have to practice on a regular basis to get there.

The first five lessons are available on the RamblingEverOn site, with the rest to come shortly:







Practical Things with Simple Tools


How about some neat old fashioned “kid stuff” projects you and your kids can build this spring and summer? Here’s a huge volume of great family fun stuff that parents can make with little ones, or older kids can try on their own.

This classic book includes instructions on making:
 Tool boxes, kites, doll houses & furniture, stilts, water wheels, slings, optical toys, bow & arrows, wagons, flying machines, wigwams, camp seats, paper boxes, 
bookshelves, picture frames, scooters and more.

If that sound fun & educational to you, then your creative & handy kids will need this classic “how to” book.

Note: This is a scanned PDF from the original printed book, and as such is only viewable on a PC or Mac.

To download this resource, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save” to your computer!

Ancient History Coloring Book

Screen shot 2016-05-17 at 8.14.09 AMAncient History Coloring Book from Golden Prairie Press

Bring history to life with this coloring book from our friend Amy Puetz at Golden Prairie Press. It features 20 historical events from ancient history including the Hittites, the Egyptians, Cyrus, Darius, Alexander the Great, and Hannibal, and many others.

CLICK HERE to go to the download page.


Brain Builder Match Puzzles!

Brain Builder Match Puzzles
compiled & illustrated by Russell Erskine

Here is an immensely fun collection of some of our favorite classic manipulative puzzles… match puzzles! These are great “hands on” puzzles that give your students an opportunity to do some creative problem solving. Have fun… and do your best to solve them before looking at the solutions, which can be found on the last pages of this PDF ebook. You CAN solve these before your kids solve them, can’t you? :)

Don’t want to use matches? No problem! You can use toothpicks, craft sticks, crayons, straws, or even paper cut outs to do these puzzles too. Get creative with your “matches”, then have fun with the puzzles!

To download this PDF ebook, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save link” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key and click the link, then save to your mac.