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Canada

Crafts

  • Canadian flags
  • Paint with red and white
  • Totem poles
  • Maple leaf prints
  • Snow pictures using cotton balls
  • Cut snowflakes
  • Inuit clay sculptures
  • Beading

Science

  • Globe: Find Canada, maps, pictures of the country
  • Experiment with ice and snow

Block Area

  • Add animals native to the country (moose, beaver, bears, etc)

Dramatic Play

  • Add winter clothing
  • Add red and white clothing

Circle Time

Songs:
  • O Canada (English and French)
  • This Land is your Land
  • Ontario (give us a place to stand)
  • Maple Leaf Forever
  • My Paddle
  • Going on a Bear Hunt
Stories:
  • Ahoy there Little Polar Bear
  • Chocolate Moose
  • The Hockey Sweater
  • Sadie and the Snowman
  • The Day of the Snow
Games:
  • Duck, Duck, Goose
  • Hot Potato (PEI potatoes)

Water & Sand Play

  • Put red food colouring in the water

Outdoor Play

  • Go sledding. If you don't get snow, tie skipping ropes to squares of cardboard and pull them like toboggans.
  • Play hockey (ball hockey if there is no snow)

Field Trips/Special Days

  • Make waffles with Maple syrup
  • Have a red and white day

Australia

Crafts

  • Make kangaroos
  • Australian Flag
  • Kookaburras
  • Crocodiles

Science

  • Globe: Find Australia, maps, pictures of the country

Block Area

  • Add plastic animals native to the country (kangaroo, koala bear, etc)

Dramatic Play

  • Make the center in to the Outback, add blue cloth for river, paper trees on wall, and animal costumes

Circle Time

Songs:
  • Kookaburro sits in the old Gum Tree
  • Oh, She sailed away
  • Kalamazoo the Kangaroo
Stories:
  • Crunch the Crocodile
  • Lyle, Lyle Crocodile
Games:
  • Don't Wake the Crocodile

Water & Sand Play

  • Add plastic crocodiles to the water table

Outdoor Play

  • Kangaroo races

Field Trips/Special Days

  • Visit the zoo
  • Watch the Disney movie "The Rescuers Down Under"

Mexico

Crafts

  • Make sombreros (straw or paper hats and decorate with fabric and pompoms)
  • Paper maché piñata
  • Make balero toys from cups and sticks
  • Mosaics
  • Flag of Mexico

Science

  • Globe: Find Mexico on globe, maps, pictures of the country

Block Area

  • Add multi coloured tiles for building and patterning

Dramatic Play

  • Add traditional clothes from the country
  • Add summer clothing
  • Add play food associated with the country

Circle Time

Songs:
  • Buenos dias mes Amigos
Stories:
  • Juan's Baby Sister
  • La Fiesta
  • The 9 Days of Christmas: A Mexican Story
  • Read tales from the Mexico for Kids site.
Games:
  • Select everyday items and name them in English and Spanish
  • Mexican hat dance

Water & Sand Play

  • Make sand play into a desert area and add plastic cactus and animals

Outdoor Play

  • Put out colourful blanket for tents, siestas

Field Trips/Special Days

  • Tour a Mexican restaurant
  • Have a Mexican Fiesta
  • Make tacos and/or burritos

China

Crafts

  • Paper cutting pictures
  • Flag of China
  • Coloured rice pictures (dye rice with food colouring)
  • Make dragons
  • Paint on silk swatches
  • Chinese Firecrackers (origami)

Science

  • Globe: Find China, maps, pictures of the country

Block Area

  • Add panda bears

Dramatic Play

  • Add traditional clothes to the centre
  • Add traditional play food to the centre

Circle Time

Songs:
  • My Ship Sailed from China
  • Panda Bear, Panda Bear turn around
> Stories:
  • Tikki Tikki Tembo
  • Little Panda Gets Lost
  • Panda's Paintbox
Games:
  • Move the sponges, cottonballs, etc. with Chopsticks game

Water & Sand Play

  • Add moulds to sandplay with water to build "The Great Wall of China"

Outdoor Play

  • Bikes (many people walk or cycle to school and work)

Field Trips/Special Days

  • Tour a Chinese Food Restaurant
  • Visit Chinatown if there is one in your city
  • Watch the Disney Movie "Mulan"

Songs

Oh Canada

O Canada! Our home and native land.
True patriot love in all thy sons command.
With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!
From far and wide, O Canada,
We stand on guard for thee.
God keep our land glorious and free.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

Ô Canada

Ô Canada! Terre de nos aïeux,
Ton front est ceint de fleurons glorieux.
Car ton bras sait porter l'épée
Il sait porter la croix!
Ton histoire est une épopée
Des plus brillant exploits.
Et ta valeur, de foi trempée,
Protégera nos foyers et nos droits,
Protégera nos foyers et nos droits.

Kalamazoo, the Kangaroo

(sung to:Old MacDonald had a Farm)

Kalamazoo, the kagaroo see what I can do
I can jump as far as a motor car
You can do it too.
Oh sing a jump, jump
Oh sing a bump, bump
Everywhere a jump, bump
Kalamazoo, the kangaroo
See what I can do!

Kalamazoo, the kagaroo see what I can do
In one short week I can jump a creek
You can do it too.
Oh sing a jump, jump
Oh sing a bump, bump
Everywhere a jump, bump
Kalamazoo, the kangaroo
See what I can do!

My Ship Sailed From China

My Ship sailed from China with a cargo of tea
All laden with treasures for you and for me
They brought me a fan, just imagine my bliss
When I found myself daily like this (fan self with one hand)
Like this, like this, like this.

(continue fanning with one hand) My Ship sailed from China with a cargo of tea
All laden with treasures for you and for me
They brought me a fan, just imagine my bliss
When I found myself daily like this (fan self with both hands)
Like this, like this, like this.

(continue fanning with both hands) My Ship sailed from China with a cargo of tea
All laden with treasures for you and for me
They brought me a fan, just imagine my bliss
When I found myself daily like this (fan self with both hands and one foot)
Like this, like this, like this.

(continue fanning with both hands and one foot) My Ship sailed from China with a cargo of tea
All laden with treasures for you and for me
They brought me a fan, just imagine my bliss
When I found myself daily like this (fan self with both hands AND both feet!)
Like this, like this, like this.

Printables

map of Canada Flag of Canada Canadian Passport Flag of China

Animals of Canada Game
Animals of Canada Worksheet
Canada Lapbook
Americana Pattern Strips

Related Sites

Virtual China