Funstuf

By Marene Ebert


Tower of Babel

Using words from the story told in Genesis 11, [Gen. 11] fill in the numbered blanks on the Tower of Babel.

Word game

The whole earth spoke (1) language after the time of Noah. Then it came to pass that the people wanted to build a city and a (2) so that its top would reach unto (3). One day the (4) came down to see the city and tower and was not pleased. He said, “Let us (5) down, and there confound their (6) that they may not (7) one another’s speech.” So the Lord (8) the people all over the earth. The name of the tower was Babel. It will always be remembered because it was there the Lord confused the languages and then scattered the people abroad upon the face (9—first word) all the (9—second word).

Answers:

(1) one, (2) tower, (3) heaven, (4) Lord, (5) go, (6) language, (7) understand, (8) scattered, (9) of earth

Triple Trouble

Find the homophones/homonyms (words that sound alike but may be spelled differently) in each set of definitions.

Part of the foot

Contraction for he will

To cure

___________

___________

___________

Belongs to them

Position or place

Contraction for they are

___________

___________

___________

Curds and _____

Measure in pounds

Direction

___________

___________

___________

Answers:

heel, he’ll, heal; their, there, they’re; whey, weigh, way

Spring Flowers

After reading the descriptions, identify these flowers that all have the letter S in common.

1. Fresh as a _____

__ __ __ S __

2. Best known when dried

__ __ __ __’S __ __ __ __ __ __

3. Little Purple ____

__ __ __ S __ __ __

4. First to pop up in the spring

__ __ __ __ __ S

5. The queen of flowers

__ __ S __

6. Part of the eye

__ __ __ S

7. Grows wild in fields and along roadsides

S __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __

8. Has an edible relative

S __ __ __ __ __ __ __

Answers:

(1) daisy, (2) baby’s breath, (3) pansies, (4) crocus, (5) rose, (6) iris, (7) sunflower, (8) sweet pea.

Misfits

One word doesn’t belong in each of these word groups. Can you circle the one that is a misfit and tell why it shouldn’t be in that group?

  1. 1.

    Baby buggy, ice skates, wagon, skateboard

  2. 2.

    Galoshes, boots, tennis shoes, house slippers

  3. 3.

    Stationery, marking pen, crayon, pencil

  4. 4.

    Surfboard, scuba mask, rubber raft, motorboat

  5. 5.

    Gloves, stocking cap, dress, scarf

  6. 6.

    Toboggan, snow shovel, skis, sled

  7. 7.

    Needle, crochet hook, knitting needle, pine needle

  8. 8.

    Flashlight, campfire, lighted match, burning candle

  9. 9.

    Cultivator, ambulance, tractor, plow

  10. 10.

    Motorcycle, airplane, sailboat, racing car

Answers:

(1) ice skates—no wheels, (2) slippers—not usually worn outdoors, (3) stationery—not a writing implement, (4) motorboat—only one with motor, (5) dress—not wintertime outdoor apparel, (6) snow shovel—not usually used for travelling over the snow, (7) pine needle—not a handwork implement, (8) flashlight—doesn’t display open flame, (9) ambulance—not a farm vehicle, (10) sailboat—not engine powered.

Heat Spinner

Here’s a clever toy that you can make to prove that heat rises. Paste a 2″ cardboard disc to bottom of spool for solid base. From construction paper cut 3″ disc, then cut disc into a spiral. Leave small, uncut portion in spiral’s center. Sharpen long pencil and, being careful not to poke hole through paper, make slight dent in middle of spiral’s center. Insert eraser end of pencil into spool base and carefully hang spiral on pencil point. Set heat spinner on radiator, above lighted bulb, or over other heat source and watch spiral spin.

Nature Walk

Look carefully and see whether you can find the many interesting things along the nature trail to the park.

Across

  1. 3.

    Pigeons are also members of the ___ family.

  2. 4.

    To begin

  3. 7.

    Animal related to a hare

  4. 9.

    Nuisance plant

  5. 10.

    A waterfowl

  6. 11.

    An animal with antlers

  7. 14.

    Reptile with a carapace formed from overgrown, widened ribs

  8. 16.

    Body of running water

Down

  1. 1.

    Plume

  2. 2.

    Trodden course

  3. 5.

    Marks left by animal’s feet

  4. 6.

    Germ of a plant

  5. 8.

    A feathered vertebrate

  6. 10.

    Male duck

  7. 12.

    National emblem

  8. 13.

    Small, web-footed amphibians

  9. 14.

    Tall, woody plant with a single trunk

  10. 15.

    Tall, vase-shaped shade tree

Answers:

Across—(3) dove, (4) start, (7) rabbit, (9) weed, (10) duck, (11) deer, (14) turtle, (16) stream. Down—(1) feather, (2) path, (5) tracks, (6) seed, (8) bird, (10) drake, (12) eagle, (13) frogs, (14) tree, (15) elm.