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11 Frugal Gift Ideas For Father’s Day

Number 1 Dad

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to make Dad happy on Father’s Day. Give Dad a gift from the heart -make him something or do something for him!

Here are 11 frugal gift ideas that will make Father’s Day special for your Dad:

1. There’s an old saying, “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” -so why not cook something special for Dad? Make his favorite dish, a special dessert or even breakfast in bed.

2. Make a personalized BBQ apron. Pick up a plain canvas apron at Hobby Lobby (or another craft store) and decorate with fabric paint -children can add their handprints and a personal message such as “#1 Dad”. This idea can also be used with plain T-shirts or BBQ mitts.

3. Create a themed gift basket. Does Dad like to fish? Fill up a pail or fishing hat with hooks, sinkers, lures, bobbers and fishing line. Is Dad a carpenter? You could fill a nail apron with a new tape measure, carpenter’s pencils, chalk and a small tool or two -perhaps a chisel or hammer. For more gift basket ideas, check out 15 Creative Gift Basket Ideas For Men.

4. Give Dad a framed family photograph in a homemade picture frame.

5. Make him a photo album, scrapbook or collage.

6. Clean Dad’s car or truck.

7. Compose a poem or write Dad a letter telling him how much he means to you.

8. Create a CD of his favorite music or some old radio shows. The Internet Archive’s Old Time Radio section has a ton of old adventure series, mysteries, westerns and more -all of which can be downloaded for free.

9. Does Dad like to read? Homemade, laminated bookmarks would make a nice gift.

10. Clean out the garage or shed.

11. Make Dad a homemade card and fill it with some love coupons full of thoughtful things you can do for him (like some of the to-do ideas above). Don’t have time to make your own love coupons? Check out the Father’s Day Love Coupons on my Free Printables page.

A couple more Father’s Day posts you might be interested in:



    Homeschool And Education Freebies For Shakespeare’s Birthday

    William Shakespeare

    Today is the anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth and death, so today’s resources are for learning all about the bard and his works.

    First, from Homeschool Freebie of the Day a great collection of links for free ebooks, maps, quotes and more:

    Happy 446th Birthday, Mr. Shakespeare! -We’ve collected a handful of great online Shakespeare resources for you to bookmark and keep handy when studying the Bard. These sites are a treasure trove of Quotes, Maps, Pictures, Factoids, Biography, lots more cool stuff about Shakespeare and his works.

    CurrClick has three free resources for studying Shakespeare:

    Copywork: Quotations from Shakespeare’s Plays (PDF format)-Quotes from Shakespeare’s most well-known plays for copywork, recitation and discussion. Includes:

    • Article on recitation by Charlotte Mason
    • Article on transcription (copywork) by Charlotte Mason
    • Lined copywork pages
    • 30 pages of the greatest quotes from Shakespeare

    Why Share Shakespeare -If you are considering Teaching Shakespeare, or are wondering what the big deal about Shakespeare is, this little booklet will answer many of your questions. PDF ebook.

    Much Ado About Nothing -MP3 audio of Much Ado About Nothing from the Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare collection.

    Activity Village has some free printables:

    William Shakespeare Printables
    -Notebooking and coloring pages. PDF format

    Here are some ideas for a unit study on Shakespeare from Steward Ship:

    Shakespeare Unit Study Ideas -Suggestions for getting started, suggested books, list of plays, things to learn and activities to do.

    Finally, Speak The Speech is “a non-profit audio theatre company dedicated to providing freely available Shakespearean audio performances online” and they have quite a collection of Shakespeare’s plays:

    Speak The Speech Audio Recordings (MP3 format) -Twelve plays for your listening pleasure:  The Tempest, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, Henry V, Romeo and Juliet, The Winter’s Tale, Antony and Cleopatra, Cymbeline, Merry Wives of Windsor, King John, and King Richard II. Includes texts of each play plus a listing of casts and crew.

    Shakespeare Resources That Are Not Free But Very Inexpensive

    CurrClick: Shakespeare Lapbook & Mini Unit -Includes a timeline of his life and work, some classic quotes, pictures to introduce the Kings and the Queen that Shakespeare cared about, and a few of the characters in his plays. For younger children. Price – $ .50

    CurrClick: Understanding Shakespeare Unit Study -Learn who Shakespeare was, explore the times in which he lived, read his works-and discover why he is known as the greatest playwright who ever lived. Unit Study contains explanatory content, online resource links, book suggestions, 6-8 lesson plans and 2-10 worksheets. For grades 3-12. Price – $2.50

    CurrClick: William Shakespeare Notebooking Pages -For grades 4-8. Price – $5.00

    CurrClick: William Shakespeare Super Pack
    -Lapbook, copywork and notebooking pages for grades 4-8. Price – $10.00

    Shakespeare On The Radio -50 MP3 recordings on CD of William Shakespeare’s works and other related shows from old time radio shows. Price – $5.00

    “Shakespeare For the Ears” Home Study Course Collection -From Homeschool Freebie of the Day, a huge CD collection of audios, stories, study guides and much more -for learning all about Shakespeare. Only available until midnight tonight -April 23,2010- at a special price of $19.95.



    For even more free educational resources, please check my educational freebies tag archive and my Free Homeschooling Page.

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    Homeschool/Education Freebies: Paul Revere

    Paul Revere's Ride

    Today’s resources from Homeschool Freebie of the Day are about the famous ride of Paul Revere -which happened 235 years ago this Sunday, April 18th:

    Listen My Children -A great half hour audio story about Revere’s life and influence, including the events of that fateful night, as originally dramatized on the radio program “Cavalcade of America”, in December, 1952. Also included is a PDF “Listening & Discussion Guide” that accompanies the audio program plus an audio reading of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s classic poem, “Paul Revere’s Ride” as performed  by the great actor, Frederic March.

    (These free resources are hosted at Homeschool Radio Shows, so they should be available through next Monday.)

    Learn More About Paul Revere

    The Paul Revere House -Website of the Paul Revere Memorial Association. Site includes a brief biography of Paul Revere, information and images of his home, activity pages and articles for children, a “Virtual Midnight Ride” and much more.

    Paul Revere, Messenger of the Revolution -Multimedia presentation about Paul Revere’s ride

    Paul Revere’s Ride – April 18, 1775 -Full text of the Longfellow’s poem and audio reading (listen online or download mp3 file)

    Paul Revere’s Other Ride -Story about Paul Revere’s ride to Portsmouth, New Hampshire on December 13th, 1774

    Paul Revere Listening/Comprehension Lesson
    -This lesson introduces students to Paul Revere with a short listening/reading passage and worksheet activity. Printable pdf, for grades 3-6.

    Apples For The Teacher Paul Revere Coloring Sheet -Interactive, may be colored online before printing or print and then color

    Paul Revere Coloring Page from Crayola -May also be colored online or print and then color



    For even more free educational resources, please check my educational freebies tag archive and my Free Homeschooling Page.

    Free Word Searches

    I’ve uploaded the word searches I made to go with yesterday’s freebie from Homeschool Freebie of the Day (Two Indian Children of Long Ago).

    There are two word searches plus answer sheets.

    You may download them from my Free Printables page.



    PS: If you didn’t get “Two Indian Children of Long Ago” yesterday, the free ebook is still available today.

    For even more free educational resources, please check my educational freebies tag archive and my Free Homeschooling Page.

    Free Printable Recipe Cards

    Free Printable Recipe Cards –Over 100 different designs to download and print in two sizes: 3×5 or 4×6; pdf format.

    Recipe Cards, Shopping Lists, Gift Tags & To Do Lists –Country-style recipe cards and matching shopping lists, to-do lists and gift tags from Original Country Clipart from Lisa. 13 designs –even some for chicken lovers!

    Printable Recipe Cards from bellybytes.com –Another nice collection of free recipe cards in various sizes and styles. Be sure and check out the “Thanksgiving Blessings” style –it’s so sweet!

    Free Printables from Dreamworks Designs –Small collection of cute, country-style recipe cards, shopping/to-do lists and printable labels.




    Free Logic Problems

    Updated on August 7, 2012.

    Here are some links I ran across for free logic problems:

    All-Star Puzzles Logic Problems – over 300 printable logic problems, rated from easy to challenger.

    Puzzles.com Logic Problems – interactive and printable logic problems.

    The Logic Zone Logic Problems – easy, medium and hard logic problems to do online, some with interactive grid.

    Printable Logic Problems – 10 easy and 10 challenging, printable logic problems.

    Kentucky Crosswords Logic Problems
    (link fixed)- 25 logic problems to solve, online or printable.

    New Puzzle-On-Line-Niche Grid Puzzles – free printable logic puzzles with grid, easy to hard, pdf format.

    New CRpuzzles Logic Problems -154 logic problems from easy to hard, no grids.

    New Puzzler Weekly Logic Problem (in left sidebar, click on “Puzzles” then “Logic Problem” then “Weekly”) -weekly, online, interactive logic problem with grid. Each puzzle is available for two weeks.

    Judy’s Logic Problems (link fixed)- Lots of logic problems here. Site includes a Young People’s section, Einstein Challenge Puzzle and how-tos on doing and making logic problems. Note: This link is from the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine -the original site is gone.

    Brain Bashers Logic Puzzles – easy and medium printable logic problems

    New Braingle -over 600 user submitted logic problems with interactive grid

    New Mystery Master Logic Puzzles -60 logic problems rated from easy to genius with grids, plus PDF article about creating logic problems (click on “links” at bottom of page)

    Happy thinking,


    Related post: Homeschool Freebies: Log Cabins, Puzzles, Home Management, First Aid (updated August 7, 2012) -scroll down to “More Free Puzzles And Brain Teasers”