Let's Visit Canada Story Time
Imogene's Antlers by David Small
|Cover image from Amazon.|
Looking for a Moose by Phyllis Root
and Randy Cecil
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Game/Activity: Play a Canadian Animal Memory Match Game! Print off two images each of a variety of Canadian animals, such as elk, deer, and moose. Children have to put like pairs of animals together. To make this game more challenging for an older child, cut squares around the animals, instead of revealing the actual shape of the animal. Then turn your these square "cards" upside down so that all the card backs show their blank side. A child has to make pairs using guessing and memory skills, similar to the game of "Concentration".
Snack: Make maple leaf cookies or sandwiches. To make cookies, cut leaf shapes out of sugar cookie dough, bake, and then decorate the tops with red frosting or white frosting with red sprinkles. To make sandwiches, cut leaf shapes out of a light-colored bread, and then leave the sandwiches open-faced, decorating the tops with red foods, such as strawberry/raspberry jam or ketchup and lunch meat.
Craft: Make an aurora borealis painting. The "aurora borealis", or northern lights, are a beautiful phenomenon that can best be viewed from a northern country, like Canada. Create your own from the comfort of your kitchen!
- Fill several spray bottles with water and one or two drops of vegetable-based food coloring. Make your solutions different colors; one can be blue, and another can be orange! Tip: you can buy small, child-sized spray bottles for less than a dollar in the travel section of your local superstore, or you can use an empty, washed-out hairspray bottle in a pinch.
- Line your table or floor with newspaper or paper towels to minimize mess.
- Spray different colors onto a flattened coffee filter until you're satisfied with the way your project looks. The colors will start to bleed together immediately.
- Let your creation dry for about thirty minutes.
I hope you enjoyed this idea for how you can recreate story time at home! Check back in a few days for more fun, travel-themed ideas focusing on a new country!