It’s time to start Canada’s year long 150th birthday celebration! There are already celebrations happening around the country and it’s the perfect opportunity for kids to explore our country’s unique history, culture and identity. We have five suggestions to join in the Canada 150 fun and learning:
Plan To Visit Historical Sites
Expose children to new learning about Canadian history by providing them with cultural and historical experiences with trips to places like Fort Henry or Black Creek Pioneer Village. Many may even be a simple day trip-check out this list of National Historic Sites to help guide your explorations.
Toys With Spirit
Take a field trip to your favourite toy store for some inspiration. For all the children who love dolls, Maplelea Girls are perfect for Canada Day. This niche line of dolls captures the spirit of Canada’s unique geography, heritage and culture. Start the collection with red-haired Jenna from Canada’s East Coast and work your way to Charlsea from Canada’s West Coast.
Celebrate Canadian Authors
Check out books written by celebrated Canadian authors. Growing up, our director, Joanne Sallay, loved Lucy Maud Montgomery’s classic Anne of Green Gables. There are also many educational children’s books that are all about Canada. For inspiration, check out Canada concept books by artist Per-Henrik Gürth. Young readers will delight in ABC of Canada, Canada 123 and Oh, Canada, just to name a few.
Connect With Nature
Canada is home to world-famous provincial and national parks like Algonquin Park and Jasper National Park. In 2017, there will be free admission to Parks Canada places! Perhaps this will be the year you plan a family trip to visit some of our country’s sites rather than travel abroad.
Heritage Minutes are a wonderful way to teach your child about important moments in Canada’s history. There is a subject that will appeal to all interests from our role in sports to medicine to airplanes. Find the entire selection here. Another fun way to use technology to learn about Canada and apply problem-solving skills is by playing the Journey into the Arctic choose-your-own-adventure style game to learn about a thrilling part of our country.