Preschool Weekly Activities (22) – Canada

January 26th, 2012 by Dionna | 4 Comments
Posted in Carnival and Special Series, Children, Eclectic Learning, Learning Activity Series, Preschoolers, Toddlers

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The Preschool Weekly Activity Schedule is designed to help parents and caretakers of preschoolers do one easy but enriching activity with their children each weekday. The activities can also be adapted to fit the needs of toddlers and older children.

Each theme features fun and educational activities; book and music suggestions; and other ideas to help adults and children connect through learning and fun. Please check out the archives for other themes and activities.

This week we’re going to talk about Canada.

Monday – Fun with Numbers

Hide and Seek Bears1: Children strengthen problem-solving skills and their understanding of the relationship between addition and subtraction by calculating how many bears are hiding in a cave, based on the total number of bears.

Number cards 1-20 (like these you can print for free online);
20 plastic bears or small printed pictures of bears (like this one available for free online);
a container to use as a “cave” (i.e., an empty butter container)

Choose a number card. Count out that number of bears.
Take turns hiding some of the bears in the cave while the other player closes his or her eyes. Place the remaining bears outside the cave.
Ask your partner, “How many bears are in the cave?”
Play several times with the same number before choosing a new one.


Tuesday – Exploring Our World

The Bears of Canada: Canada is home to three types of bears. Check out these websites and learn all about them:
Global Action Network
Trail Canada
Churchill Viewing Tower (YouTube video on the polar bear industry)
Grizzly Monitoring (YouTube video on how the Coastwatch Grizzly Monitoring Project collects bear DNA samples)

Wednesday – Music and Art

Sponge Painting Cut-outs2: The Chippewa (a Native American tribe in North America, including Canada) made cut-outs from white birch bark for patterns to decorate objects. The cut-outs, often of animals, were traced or stenciled on an object such as a mokuk. Cutout patterns were also used on moccasins to show where beads would be sewn on. Use your own cut-outs made from poster board to sponge paint designs on notebooks, a tin can, pencil holder, gift wrap, stationery, or art objects you’ve made.

Poster board
Paper or other object to paint on
Pencil, scissors

1. Print and cut out patterns of pictures
2. Trace patterns onto poster board and cut out
3. Lay cut-outs onto paper or any object you are painting. Put a small curl of masking tape under each cut-out to hold in place as you paint.
4. Dip the sponge lightly in the paint, dabbing the sponge all over the paper’s surface. Dab over the cut-outs.
5. Lift the cut-outs off carefully and the unpainted shapes will appear. Let dry.

Thursday – Language/Pre-Reading

Make Bannock or Butter Tarts: Canada has three dishes that pop up as the “national food”: bannock, butter tarts and poutine. Poutine is “French fries and fresh cheese curds, covered with brown gravy or sauce.” That does not sound appealing at all to us, so we’re going to try making bannock and butter tarts this week.

Here are a few recipes for bannock and butter tarts, take your pick:


Bannock 101
Canadian Crafter

Butter Tarts

Joy of Cooking

Friday – Motor Skills

Build Inukshuks3: “An Inukshuk is a stone landmark built by humans, used by the Inuit, Inupiat, Kalaallit, Yupik, and other peoples of the Arctic region of North America.” You can build your own simply by stacking rocks – can you make one look like a person? An animal? For more on Inukshuks, see How to Build an Inukshuk.

Book and Music Suggestions

  1. From Show Box Learning Centers Addition and Subtraction, available at Scholastic
  2. From The Kids’ Multicultural Art Book
  3. Idea from Zoom

4 Responses to:
"Preschool Weekly Activities (22) – Canada"

  1. Gloria

    but poutine is sooooo yummy. And my kids love it. When we go to a restaurant they always ask for it. Thanks for some great activities our home land :)

    • Dionna   CodeNameMama

      Ha! That’s so funny – and I really did not mean to insult your taste buds ;) It’s amazing how different each culture’s dishes are. Yesterday we had a co-op class on the Chinese New Year, and our hostess prepared a couple of Chinese dishes (not like what you’d get at a Chinese restaurant), and had lots of different candies and treats native to China – they were SO different than what we are used to! It was fun trying them all (even though we didn’t like all of it). If we had poutine sitting in front of us, we’d sample it :)

  2. I also love poutine. It really tastes different then you think it will given the description.
    My Mom sent me this link:, it’s a live video feed of a mama bear and her two brand new bear cubs. Mostly right now you just hear snoring, but it’s still cute.

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