Canadian Crafts for Kids

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Canadian Crafts for Kids
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With Canadian-themed craft projects, children will learn a lot about Canada while being creative and having fun. Incorporate Canadian symbols and the diverse cultures of Canada’s people into your kids’ favourite craft projects. Use the symbolic maple leaf of the Canadian flag, or choose motifs of native wildlife and landscapes.

Maple Leaf T-shirt

The Canadian maple leaf symbol lends itself to all kinds of craft projects. A T-shirt with a maple leaf painted on in red or white fabric paint is fun because kids can wear what they have created over and over again. Print the outline of a maple leaf and use it to create a template on cardstock or vinyl. You can use both the central cutout of the template and the border part, depending on whether you want a painted leaf, or to paint around the outline of the leaf. Use white paint on a red T-shirt and red paint on a white T-shirt. Hold the T-shirt taut by placing a piece of corrugated cardboard inside it and then using drawing pins to hold it in place. Children can paint one maple leaf in the centre or cover the shirt with as many leaves as they like. Wait for the fabric paint to dry completely before removing the shirt from the cardboard.

Wildlife Puppet Show

The native wildlife of Canada includes polar bears, Canada geese, beavers, moose and grizzly bears. Children can draw silhouettes of these animals, perhaps by tracing the outline of a picture from a book. If you cut the silhouettes from black construction paper and tape a drinking straw or dowel to the back of each one, the silhouettes turn into paper puppets for a puppet show. Make a background for your puppet show using a picture of a Canadian landscape. Kids can draw or paint a landscape, or cut and glue a picture of Canada from a magazine.

Totem Pole Crafts

Carving totem poles is a tradition of some of the native people of British Columbia on Canada’s Pacific coast. Kids can learn about the interesting arts and culture of Canada’s native people by researching totem poles and then creating their own versions. A cardboard tube from a paper towel roll is the best base material, but toilet paper rolls will work too, and can be stacked to make extra tall models. Measure a piece of paper around the tube and divide it into four horizontal sections. Kids should draw different motifs in each section, making them as colourful as they wish. Traditional motifs for totem poles include faces, birds, celestial images and insects. Study photos of real-life totem poles for inspiration. Glue or tape the paper around the cardboard tube. You can also add wing-shapes cut from paper or cardstock to the pole.

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