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 :)

 

 

4th of July !

Flag Place Mat

I love making these inexpensive place mats, they really stand up to an amazing amount of abuse,wipe clean and are an inexpensive way to decorate your table for any holiday. One tip, wait until the glue is all dry before putting the contact paper on, I wasn’t patient and the glue squished.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a piece of paper towel, some red, white and blue paper, a star paper punch, scissors, glue and contact paper.
  2. Start by cutting your blue paper into a square that takes up almost a quarter of the upper left corner of your paper towel.
  3. Cut your red paper into stripes, some long, some short.
  4. Punch stars out of your white paper
  5. Add glue to your blue
  6. Add the stars
  7. Add glue for the stripes and start adding them.
  8. Let dry ( do not skip this step, you’ll get squished glue marks like me, learn from my oops).
  9. Cover with contact paper. The way that works best I think is to place on piece of contact paper on your table , lay the flag face down so there are no bubbles, then sandwich it with another piece. Press hard and trim.

Books!


” How to Make an Apple Pie and see the world” by Marjorie Priceman cost me a total of 15 cents at a thrift store. It is worth so much more than that. This book is a gem! Perfect for older preschoolers who are getting a sense of the world beyond their own home and city, this book takes you on a ride around the world! You follow the little girl to Italy, France , Sri Lanka, England, Jamaica and back to Vermont! As soon as I read this my mind was racing with classroom activities ! I will be posting some soon. I LOVE this book, I just wish I had read it when I was still teaching it would have been so much fun to teach geography with!


“How to Make a Cherry Pie and see the USA”
by Marjorie Priceman didn’t disappoint one bit. I was worried after falling in love with the previous book that this couldn’t live up to my expectations. It did! This time she wasn’t looking for ingredients for the pie, but rather materials for her tools. She gathered wood in Washington for her rolling pin, cotton in Louisiana for pot holders granite in New Hampshire for her pastry slab and more. What I wasn’t expecting of this book and loved was how she gathered natural resources and then processed them to make what she needed. I think this is a wonderful lesson about manufacturing and could be used for a launchpad for learning about so much more. Another gem I will be adding to my must buy list.

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.

Happy Fourth Of July!


Stars
and Stripes!

June 14th is Flag Day in the United States
Here are two fun flag crafts!


  1. Gather your materials. For this flag on the top you will need some white paper, blue construction paper, a sponge, red and white paint and scissors.
  2. Cut the sponge into a long strip and a star. As you can see the star doesn’t need to be perfect!
  3. Cut a small square out of the blue construction paper.
  4. Using the white paint sponge paint white stars on the blue paper. Set aside.
  5. Using the long sponge and red paint paint red stripes onto a white paper.
  6. Glue the Blue paper onto the red and white one and voila you made a cool flag!

  1. Gather your materials. For this flag you will need some white paper, a white crayon , blue and red paint and a paint brush.
  2. Using your white crayons draw lots of long stripes, leaving the area for the stars blank. Then add the stars. This can be hard to do but remember to press hard so that there is a lot of wax.
  3. Carefully paint with blue paint over JUST the stars.
  4. Carefully with red paint paint over the stripes. If the stripes or stars aren’t showing through keep wiping off any extra paint and the crayon should appear.