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Canada Paper Quilt - National Symbols - Canada Day
Preschool Lesson Plan Printable Activities

Activities Instructions and Suggestions Materials
Alphabet > Letter Q > Quilt

Places and People:
Learning about Canada 

Topics:
Geography,
National Symbols

Coloring Pages:
4 Images

Craft:  Canada Quilt  Paper Craft

Holiday:
Canada Day-July 1st

Online Puzzles:
Canada Online Puzzles 4 images
Tell the children they are going to have fun learning about a beautiful and large country:  Canada.  The activities will culminate with making a Canada Paper Quilt that reflects some of their national symbols:  the flag, the beaver, maple leaf and it honors an important community helper:  the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Canada was the first country in the world to adopt an official policy of cultural diversity.  That is also reflected in one of the images of the quilt.  Canada has recognized that multiculturalism (respect, equality and diversity) is an asset to the growth and future of their country.

Canada Color Posters for Large Home or Classroom Quilt
There are now two options to make the quilt - small craft version and large.  The large option is a great way to make an educational display to help discuss all the elements of the quilt for home or classroom use.  

Activity #1:  First Geography -  Canada Is Big 

Young children can start learning a little geography by comparing land masses and their size.  Canada is the second biggest country (area) in the world.

If you have a world globe or map, show the children the location of Canada and show how big it is compared to other countries.  Show the children the country where they are and compare again.  

If you don't have a globe or map on hand here are printable maps in black and white to help you with the demonstration:

1.  World Map - black and white -  shade the Canada area with red crayon.

2.  Canada Map - Tell the children Canada has ten provinces and three territories (links to information and printable activities at KidZone.ws for extended activities for older children).  The ten provinces  in alphabetical order:   Alberta, British ColumbiaManitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, and Saskatchewan.  The three territories:  
Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Yukon.

Activity #2:   What does Canada mean?
Discuss that Canada means village.  A village is a small town or community.    The word comes from an aboriginal word: Kanata.

Activity #3:  National Symbols:  The Flag, the Beaver and Maple Leaf
Why do countries have a flag?
Discuss.  Starting point:   A flag represents a country’s people.  When you are the citizen of a country is like being part of a team and you work together to take care of the country.  The flag represents all the citizens from that country.

The national flag of Canada has two red rectangles and a white square in the center with a red maple leaf in the white portion.  

The maple leaf  and maple tree have had a lot of significance since the aboriginal people discovered the food properties of the maple sap and it was later adopted as a national symbol.

The beaver is also a national symbol for it help Canada financially by the use of its fur.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police:

When the children are making the quilt, show them the image of the Canadian Mounted Policeman and explain that they are very important community helpers and protect and serve the Canadian country.  The RCMP is an enduring symbol of Canada and are also known as The Mounties.

Activity #4:  Craft:  The Canada Paper Quilt

Options:  Choose the size of quilt - large or small images or make a large classroom quilt for the demonstration and use it to illustrate the small version.

After discussing the national symbols, making the paper quilt will make more sense to the children because they will have some understanding of the images.

Discuss what is a quilt.  Present Letter Q is for Quilt. A quilt is usually a bed covering consisting of two layers of material, sewn together in often decorative panels and filled with feathers, wool, cotton, or the like.  Often times a quilt is made with remnant materials or pieces from worn clothes to preserve a family's  history or communities history.  Many quilts are made only for the purpose of being works of art. 

Instead of fabric the children are going to "sew" together the important components of Canada's national symbols and their ground breaking policy of multiculturalism.  Explain that the Canadian people work together and respect each other's differences even when they disagree.  It is important to work together to take care of our communities and to live in peace.  

There are a couple of ways to assemble the quilt:
Easy:  For children under 3 years old:
1.  Print & cut pieces.  Have the children glue the images to a white piece of paper as shown in the illustration.  Cut excess paper on the border and then glue to the quilt holder piece on the area indicated.
2.  Fold the holder piece on the dotted line, insert a piece of yarn and glue over.  Another method is to glue two to three craft stick/Popsicle stick with a little sticking out on each side inside the fold of the holder template, and tie the yarn to the sticks.

Challenging:  For children over 3 years old to 6
1.  Print & cut template pieces.  
2.  Cut two pieces of paper/construction paper (a combination of red or white) in quarters.
3.  Glue  images to these quarter pieces and then assemble the pieces gluing together by applying a little glue on the borders to form the quilt.  Children may need assistance along the process.  Once all six images have been "sewn" proceed as above.  Note the quilt will be wider than the holder in this case, so the quilt needs to be centered on the holder template.

July the 1st is Canada Day!  Let's honor Canada by displaying this quilt on that day!

Alphabet Letter Q Quilt Lesson Plan and Printables:
Incorporate presenting letter Q is for Quilt

Additional Activities & Printable Materials:
Online Jigsaw Puzzles -  Canada Day  Ages 2.5+
Visit the Canada Day online jigsaw puzzles.   The default puzzle is 6 pieces and can be adapted to more pieces.  Each puzzle features a matching coloring page. 
Puzzles:
*Beaver 1 - Beaver/Canada Map/Flag
*Beaver 2 and Maple Leaf
*Child Dressed as Mounty
*Caribou and Maple Leaves

Coloring Pages for Canada Day or a Canada Theme

For great crafts, games, coloring pages and more for all ages visit DLTK´s Canada Day for Kids!

Print Canada  Quilt Paper Craft - Small version 
(color only)
Template 1
Template 2


Print Templates Above

Canada Color Posters for large quilt

Alphabet Letter Q Quilt lesson plan and activities 


Coloring Pages for Canada Day or a Canada Theme
*paper or construction paper
*glue
*scissors
*craft sticks optional
*yarn or thin ribbon

Optional Materials:
*Online Puzzles
*Coloring Pages
links are in the description.

 

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