CANADA DAY GAMES

       

CANADA DAY GAMES
Have the kids do a fun creative activity like painting the Canadian flag and using their hands to make the maple leaf in the centre.  

Another exciting project is making your very own Canada Day flag t-shirt.  It shows support for your country and you'll feel proud to tell all your friends you made it yourself.  If you have a baby, purchase a white onesie and have their hands or feet stamped in place of the maple leaf.  Here's how you do it:

CANADA DAY FLAG T-SHIRT (by Part Select)


Supplies:


White t-shirts (or tank tops)
Something flat and sturdy (like a piece of cardboard from a cereal box)
Red acrylic paint
Paint brush
Duct or painters tape (optional)
Ruler (optional)
Clean hands

Directions:

Working on a flat surface, take a shirt and place the piece of cardboard between the front and back sides of the shirt.  This will prevent the paint from seeping through to the other side of the fabric and will provide a steady surface to paint on.  Paint two even rectangles to be the sides of the flag.  If you don’t have steady hands, use a ruler to sketch out a straight line and use tape to mark the lines.  To create the flag, first make sure you or your family member’s hand is clean and completely dry.  Then, use the paint brush to apply a thick coat of paint to the hand, and place it evenly and firmly on the shirt between the two red stripes.  Let the paint dry for at least a few hours, but preferably overnight.


Don't stop at Canada flags, make a maple leaf collage t-shirt.  Here's how you do it:

CANADA DAY MAPLE LEAF T-SHIRT (by Part Select)


Supplies:

White t-shirts (or tank tops)
Something flat and sturdy (like a piece of cardboard from a cereal box)
Red acrylic paint
Paint brush
Leaf or leaves from a maple tree

Directions:

As with the flag t-shirt, work on a flat surface, take a shirt and place the piece of cardboard between the front and back sides of the shirt.  Take the maple leaf and carefully paint a thin layer of paint on one side going slowly so as not to tear the leaf.  Slowly but firmly, place the leaf on the t-shirt.  Carefully peel away. If there is enough paint, go ahead and place the leaf down again.  If not just re-paint the leaf and repeat.  Place as many leaf imprints as you feel like on the shirt until you feel it’s finished.  Let the paint dry for at least a few hours, but preferably overnight, before wearing.
MAPLE LEAF BIRDS (by Canadian Living)


A fun craft for both adults and children, maple-leaf birds can be placed on tables, hung up like garland, or simply hanging from tree branches.

Click here to download the actual size maple leaf bird pattern.

You need (for each):
15 cm (6 in) square, each of stiff red and white paper
15 cm square, each of tracing paper and stiff paper (for the templates)
Glue stick
Black, blue, green, and red fine-tip markers
To make:

  1. Fold your tracing paper in half and lay it on the leaf pattern with the folded edge along the broken line. With the black marker, trace the solid black lines and dot, then, with matching markers, draw the blue, green and red lines. Cut it out along the solid black lines only. Open out the leaf, lay it on your stiff paper, then trace around the edges and cut it out to make the leaf template. Transfer the markings.  Fold a scrap of tracing paper and lay it on the beak pattern with the folded edge along the broken line. With the black marker, trace the solid black lines. Cut it out along the solid lines. Open out the beak, lay it on your stiff paper, then trace around the edges and cut it out to make the beak template.
  2. Using the templates: Cut 1 leaf from your red paper, cutting a slit along the red line, then fold it in half along the broken line. Cut 1 beak from your red paper, then fold it in half along the broken line. Cut 1 leaf from your white paper, then fold it in half along the broken line and cut a slit along the blue line (just to where it turns green), to make a triangular flap.
  3. With the black marker, draw the eyes onto the top of the white leaf where shown by the big black dots. Then, using the glue stick, glue the beak to the underside where shown by the dotted lines.
  4. To make the leaves turn into a bird: Pinch the folded white leaf (the body) together at the eyes, then, with the folds lined up, slide the slit edges of the red leaf (the wings) under the triangular flap, and down the body, along the green lines. 
Bring out the red and white paint, and have the kids paint maple leaves, the Canada flag, or anything Canadian (moose, beaver, Canada goose, etc.) on medium to large rocks or stones.

Make your own Canada Day jewelry or hair accessories.  Simply purchase red and white beads and embroidery floss/thread  to create beautiful necklaces and bracelets.  For hairbands, purchase cloth covered bands and add your own red and white flower or bow using tulle or felt.



Try face painting, painting your nails using Canada flags or maple leaf designs, tattoos, etc.

Another fun, quick, and easy activity: glue some waxed or coated (in Mod Podge) maple leaves all over a glass jar.  Stick an artificial tealight candle inside and, voilà, you have your Canada Day leaf lantern!


Below are a couple of colouring pages for Canada Day - this is sure to get the kids into the spirit!  Just click the picture to get the PDF.
 

 

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