This is a great cut and paste paper craft project for learning about Canada. It includes some Canadian animals, symbolic Canadian icons, the Canadian flag and a map of Canada.
This turns out to be quite a large project (about 25 inches x 25 inches) and there are lots of templates to print.
Note: If you'd like a smaller project (both in size and time) do a 4 square quilt instead of a 9 square quilt: only print templates 1, 2, 4 and 5
Alternatively, you might like to have a group of children each make a quilt piece or two and then assembling everyone's pieces into one quilt.
- something to color with,
- Optional: red construction paper
Notes about the images:
Image 1: The moose is a forest animal found in Canada. It is the largest species of the deer family.
Image 2: Winter is a long season here in Canada... skating is a popular sport (casual skating, figure skating, speed skating and hockey).
Image 3: The beaver is the national animal of Canada.
Image 4: The polar bear is an arctic animal found in parts of northern Canada.
Image 5: The flag of Canada has three vertical stripes (red, white, red) with a red maple leaf in the center
Image 6: The Canada goose is a common bird that breeds in Canada. They migrate in large V-shaped flocks each spring and fall.
Image 7: Ice hockey (we just call it hockey) is Canada's most popular winter sport.
Image 8: Canada is the second largest country in the world by area. It consists of 10 provinces and 3 territories.
Image 9: The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (also known as "RCMP" or "Mounties") is the national police force of Canada. Their dress uniform is the "stereotypical" red one pictured here. On a day to day basis, they wear a more "police officer type" uniform with a grey shirt and dark blue pants. There are still some mounted troops, but they mostly drive cars these days.
- Optional: This is optional, but I really like to include
it as part of the craft if I'm making the 9 square quilt.
- Print the "Top Border Template" in either color or B&W. This is the bit that says CANADA along the top.
- Color the template pieces if using B&W
- Cut out the template pieces
- Assemble the pieces to make a strip about 20 inches long and 3 inches tall.
- Print templates 1 to 9 to make a 9 square quilt
OR print templates 1, 2, 4 and 5 if you're making a 4 square quilt.
- Color each template piece if using B&W
- this can be quite time consuming and can be done
over two weeks of learning about the country (a square
per day and 1 day for assembly = 10 days)
- this can be done as a group project with each child completing a square and then assembling it as a group.
- this can be quite time consuming and can be done over two weeks of learning about the country (a square per day and 1 day for assembly = 10 days)
- Cut out the template pieces.
- Apply glue to the gray parts of the template and assemble (you can look at the image at the top of this page to see what piece goes where) After assembling, there should be no gray left showing.
- Optional: I was torn whether to add this as the
project is already quite time consuming. It's up to
you whether you want to do it!
- Glue 4 inch wide strips of red construction paper
all around the outside of your project to form a border.
Use scissors to cut a slight wave in this border so it
looks like a quilt.
- Print 3 copies of the fringe template for a 9 square quilt or 2 copies for a 4 square quilt. Cut out the pieces and glue them around the outside of the quilt as a border, overlapping the pieces slightly so there are no gaps.
- Glue 4 inch wide strips of red construction paper all around the outside of your project to form a border. Use scissors to cut a slight wave in this border so it looks like a quilt.
- Close template window when done printing to return to this screen.
- Set page margins to zero if you have trouble fitting the template on one page (FILE, PAGE SETUP or FILE, PRINTER SETUP in most browsers).
Optional Info About the Images B&W only