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, and it honors an important community helper: the
Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Canada was one of the first countries in the world to adopt an official
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.
There are 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
Activity 1 > 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.
Here are printable maps in
black and white to
help you with the demonstration.
map* - shade the Canada area with red
map* - Tell the children Canada has ten provinces and three
* Credit: Maps courtesy National Geographic. National
Geographic does not review or endorse content added to the maps by
Activity 2 > What does Canada
Discuss that Canada means village. A village is a small town or
community. The word comes from an aboriginal word:
Activity 3 >Official
Symbols of Canada >
Why do countries have a flag? 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.
flag of Canada has two red
rectangles and a white square in the center with a red maple leaf in the
tree and leaf 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.
is also a national symbol for it help Canada financially by the use of
Community helper > 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 >
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.
Activity > Alphabet > Letter Q Quilt
lesson plan printable activities >
What is a 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.
The children are going to "sew" together
the important components of Canada's national symbols and their ground
breaking policy of multiculturalism with "paper quilt
blocks." 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 age 4 and under:
Print & cut
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.
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
Print & cut template
a combination of red and white paper into quarters slightly larger
than the template cards.
the template cards to the paper quarters 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
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!
Additional activities >
great crafts, games, coloring pages and more for all ages visit DLTK's
Canada Day for Kids!
Canada Quilt Paper Craft
Templates 1 & 2
color posters for large quilt
Letter Q Quilt printable activities
*paper or construction paper
*craft sticks optional
*yarn or thin ribbon