Recycled Canada Day Craft

Happy Birthday Canada! My homeland turns 144 today and to celebrate we made this Canadian flag craft out of Starbucks coffee sleeves. My son loved the sound of the crayons on the corrugated paper, and said it tickled his hand. Obviously it’s a fun multi-sensory project whether you celebrate Canada Day or not.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need 2-3 coffee sleeves, a red and grey crayon, glue, scissors ,pencil  and either a talent for drawing or a cookie cutter in the shape of a maple leaf .
  2. Start by tracing the leaf with a pencil.
  3. Time to color with red. I loved the reaction to this , he was kinda shocked at first then the giggles started. My daughter who was chillin’ eating watermelon in her booster started giggling too. It was a moment.
  4. Make the pole by coloring another grey.
  5. Time to cut.
  6. Add the glue.
  7. Pop the pieces on
  8. Let dry.

4th of July and Canada Day Treats

4th of july food

Today is Canada Day and Fourth of July is just a few sleeps away . What is a holiday without treats? Last year we made these adorable flag cupcakes and this year we made the Star Treats that were gobbled up at church. Do you have a favorite treat? Leave a comment and share! To all my fellow Canadians, Happy Canada Day!Star Treats

  1. Gather your materials. You will need 5 1/2 cups of marshmallows, 5 1/2 cups of rice crispy type cereal, 1/4 cup of butter, some non stick spray , a large sauce pan , a baking sheet and a star cookie cutter, and red , white and blue jelly beans.
  2. Make your rice crispy squares by melting the butter over medium heat, add the marshmallows melt them add the cereal. Spread onto your baking sheet and cool just enough for them to be comfortable for your child to touch.
  3. Time to add the jelly beans. We counted them as we put them in , and surprisingly few ended up in his mouth.
  4. Pop them in the fridge and cool completely.
  5. Grab your star cookie cutter and cut out.
  6. Enjoy!
Flag Cupcakes

  1. Gather your materials. You will need your favourite ( another Canadian spelling, not an error) cupcake recipe , some jelly beans and white icing.
  2. Bake your cupcakes and let them cool completely. Your kids can help but mine had his fair share of jelly bellys while I was making the batter, so I did this activity alone.
  3. Ice the cupcake completely.
  4. For the Maple Leaf cupcakes start by making a maple leaf with 6 red jelly beans. You can also use licorice or another red candy.
  5. Next add 3 red jelly beans lengthwise on either side of the maple leaf! Sing O Canada before eating :)
  6. For the Stars and Stripes Start with a horizontal row of 4 red jelly beans , repeat.
  7. Add 4 blue jelly beans in the upper left.
  8. Add 2 rows of 2 red jelly beans , sing The Star Spangled Banner before eating :)

 

 

Fireworks Craft !

4th of july crafts

Summer is here. It’s almost time to celebrate Canada Day and The 4th of July! My favorite part of both days are the fireworks. I had to show my son videos of fireworks I found online because he’s never seen them in person. Although the videos could only capture half the magic he loved them and I can’t wait for him to see them in person this year.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a piece of black construction paper, a few cupcake liners, markers, glitter ( of course), scissors and glue.
  2. Start by drawing on your cupcake liners with the markers. It was challenging for him to hold the liner and color, but a good challenge. If it’s frustrating , just tape the edges with masking tape.
  3. Fold your cupcake liner up and cut slits into it.
  4. Add glue to your black paper.
  5. Add your fireworks.
  6. Time for glitter.
  7. Let dry.

 

Books!

“How to Bake an American Pie” by Karma Wilson is sentimental, sweet and probably should be reviewed by an American. The reason I say that is that it’s written to pull at your heart strings, make you feel pride in your country and I am sure it succeeds when the reader is American. But the same way I wouldn’t expect an American to get choked up singing “O Canada” the way I do , I just don’t get the full effect. Strictly as a book this was a little too figurative for my son although he loved the illustrations of the dog and cat baking the pie and kept turning back to the page with rainbows. Older kids will recognize some of the text that is taken from America the Beautiful and will understand the figurative language, although may be put off by the illustrations that seem more geared towards little ones. I would love to hear from any Americans who have read this book to get your take!


“Apple Pie 4th Of July” by Janet S. Wong is an awesome book. I am always awed by authors who can tackle complicated “adult” issues in the pages of a children’s book successfully. In this case the issue is 1st generation identity and immigration, at least that’s my take. The little girl in this book is sulking around her parent’s store on the 4th of July. They are busy making Chinese food for customers she is sure won’t come, who would want Chinese food on such an American holiday is her rational. Of course there are layers about her connection to her ancestral culture and her own national pride. As a proud owner of a green card and a Canadian passport I relate to this story, sure the differences are as deep or as obvious to an outsider but unlike the previous book when this book ended with fireworks I got tingles of pride for my adopted country. Fantastic book- and my son liked it too.



” M is for Maple, A Canadian Alphabet ” by Mike Ulmer. This book will make you feel proud to be from Canada if you are Canadian and teach you something about your neighbour if you are an American. It will also teach your children things about the country they live in and why we feel pride when we hear names like Terry Fox, Anne with an E and Gretzky! I love this book and have since I first read it during teacher’s college in Thunder Bay, if you can be happy about being in Canada during a very cold Thunder Bay winter you can be happy about it anywhere.