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Fun Ways to Learn to Tell Time

Doodles Time Tools

Time flies once you learn how to tell it! This free resource features 3 tools: a diagram, activity and craft. Coloring makes learning to tell time a breeze. Download and let the fun begin! 

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12 Days of Christmas Coloring Fun-Day 11

On the eleventh day: eleven holiday patterns

Use these festive holiday patterns to add some coloring fun to your next craft! Click the links below to download the pattern sheets.

Stripe pattern
Candy cane pattern
Star pattern
Snowflake pattern
Gingerbread pattern
Holly leaves pattern
Reindeer pattern
Jesus Manger pattern
Wreath pattern
Kwanzaa pattern
Hanukkah pattern


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Tin Can Phone

This is a must try project! Even in the era of the cordless and the mobile, there’s a lot to be said for the old-fashioned tin-can phone. There’s nothing flashy about this model, and you can’t send email through the wire – er, string. But it offers something more modern versions don’t – a fun project to make with a friend, and a dramatic illustration of vibration and sound waves.

What You Need:

  • Two tin cans, tops removed (Be careful to remove sharp edges)
  • Duct tape
  • A nail
  • A hammer
  • String
  • Markers, paint, glitter, felt, or other decorations (Fun Stuff)

What You Do:

  1. If the can opener left rough edges when you removed the tops, tape over them so your child won’t scratch a finger. Give her the decorating materials and let her loose! She can personalize her “phones” however she’d like.
  2. Turn both cans upside down and hammer a nail through the bottom of each can to make a hole in the center. Remove nail and set aside.
  3. Cut a long length of string – up to 10 feet.
  4. Poke one end through the bottom of one can, knotting on the inside. Repeat with the other end of string in the other can.
  5. Instruct two kids to each take a can and move apart until the string is taut.
  6. One child should put a can to his ear while the other talks directly into the other can. The sound will travel over the “wire.”

What happened? When you speak, your voice makes vibrations. Once the string is stretched tight enough, these vibrations travel down the string and vibrate the bottom of the can on the other end which, in turn, vibrates the air and those vibrations travel through the air to the other person’s ear.

As an added bonus, I’ve created a Tin Can Phone Coloring Sheet. Click the above image to download it. Enjoy!