With Canada day around the corner I’ve spent all week with my kids focusing on Canadian themed activities and crafts. We have done everything from playing Canadian music, to forcing my big kid to watch the Log Driver’s Waltz. Here’s a general overview of what we’ve done.
With anything geography-based I always go straight to our travel book to read a general overview. I also pull out a globe. We have a smart globe, so with her nifty pen she can compare different statistics between countries. Once she was all done I made a little two minute overview worksheet for her. Fill in the blank questions are also a great way to help the information stick. She did not remember that French is also an official language, sorry francophones! In case you can’t read it, we live in “Canadan”, our flag is “red a whit”, we speak “englesh”, our Capital is “otawa”, and my daughter loves Canada because it is her home. I couldn’t have summarized it better myself.
As the newest viral video from Molson Canadian shows, we all need to brush up on our lyrics to O Canada. What better time to learn them than right before Canada Day? So far my 3 year old has been jumbling up the words, but I have high hopes that she’ll have a few parts memorized for Tuesday.
Maple leafs are incredibly tough to draw, especially if you’re a kid. Instead why not collect some maple leaves outside. You can glue them on some paper for a great looking flag. You can also iron them between two pieces of wax paper, and tape them to a window to create window flags with the help of some washable window markers. Another alternative when getting young ones to draw a Canadian flag I find it best to have them trace their hand in the center of a paper and color it in with red, a great personalized alternative to the tough to master maple leaf.
I always try to talk to my kids frankly and openly. Kids can tell when you sugar coat things. They’re more willing to ask questions and learn if they view you as honest. Tell your kids about all the amazing things in our country you’re grateful for. Equality, health care, education, and a general respect and love for each other. Talk about improvements we’ve made over the years, talk about what they think should be focused on in the future (we obviously talked about conservation and clean water).
I am a traditionalist when it comes to celebrating Canada Day. I’ll be spending my Canada day with my kids wearing red maple leafs. We’ll start off with a canoe ride across a lake, batting at mosquitos along the way. Afterwards we’ll play with sparklers, and watch a few fireworks.
Do you have any Canada day traditions? How do you show your kids what it means to be Canadian, and how do you plan on celebrating? Let us know in the comments below.