Canada Day Ideas

Enjoy these Canada Day ideas with your preschooler to help celebrate Canada's Birthday. Canada Day is July 1st.



Supples Needed: Black paper, glue, glitter

Directions: Make your own fireworks. Give each child a piece of black construction paper and have them make designs using white glue (Elmer's). Then sprinkle glitter over the glue. Use a variety of colors to give it a firework effect!

Patriotic Bead Patterning

Supplies Needed:
Pipe cleaners, red, and white for Canada(the larger the better, remember beads can be a choking hazard.)

Directions: Gather several packages of red, white, and blue beads and pipe cleaners. Make a few example patterns with the beads on the pipe cleaners. Set the remaining beads and pipe cleaners on a table and allow the children to copy any of the patterns on their own pipe cleaners. When they are all finish you can place the pipe cleaner around the child wrist and twist the ends together. Now you have a patriotic bracelet.

Coin Rubbings

With all the different colours, shapes and sizes, Canadian currency is very interesting to look at. By doing crayon rubbings of pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, loonies and toonies, kids can see the engravings more clearly. To make the rubbings, have the child place the coins on a table and lay a piece of white paper over top. Show the child how to gently rub a peeled crayon on its side over the coins to make the raised surfaces of the coins show up. Crayon rubbings of the other side of the coins will show that all of them have a picture of Queen Elizabeth II.
Penny – Maples Leaves
Nickel – Beaver
Dime – Bluenose Schooner
Quarter – Caribou
Loonie – Loon
Toonie – Polar Bear

Canada Day Flag

Here is a link to a free printable of a Canada Day flag for coloring:

Help your child color each section correctly using paint, crayons or markers. Hang the finished product beside the national anthem! Next time you drive a distance, ask your child to count how many Canada flags he can spot! For more information about our flag, refer to Canada's Maple Leaf: The Story of Our Flag

Canada Story Books

West Coast:


Central Canada:



Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut:

More Books:

Canada Day (Celebrations in My World)
Canada Day (Rookie Read-About Holidays)
M Is For Maple: A Canadian Alphabet (Alphabet Books)
Hey Freddy! It's Canada's Birthday
Crazy About Canada!: Amazing Things Kids Want to Know (Canadian Geographic Kids)
ABC of Canada
Canada ABCs: A Book About the People and Places of Canada (Country Abcs)
Canada 123
Loonies and Toonies: A Canadian Number Book (Discover Canada Province By Province)

Canada Jigsaw Puzzle:

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