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Canada Day is July 1st and we had allllll the reasons to celebrate this year. Our country allowed us to return home during a worldwide pandemic and then gifted us snow (something the girls don’t get to experience!) in a highly unusual time of year. WE LOVE YOU, CANADA!

The beaver is one of our National symbols and so it seemed obvious to create with these cuties in mind. Playdoh is a favourite in this house (as you know!) which made the materials easy to come up with

Check out these two sweeties:


WHAT YOU NEED:

  • brown Playdoh

  • black Playdoh

  • brown craft foam

  • scissors

  • black Sharpie marker

  • googly eyes

  • sturdy white paper (e.g. recipe card)

HOW TO MAKE:

  1. Cut a beaver-tail shape out of a piece of brown craft foam.

  2. Use the Sharpie marker to create a grid-like pattern on the tail.

  3. Create a medium sized ball of brown Playdoh. Gently squash it to form a round body.

  4. Place the foam tail underneath the body so it sticks out to the side.

  5. Repeat step 3 with a smaller amount of Playdoh to create the head.

  6. Make 6 itty bitty balls of brown Playdoh. These will form the ears, hands and feet!

  7. Add googly eyes.

  8. Add an itty bitty black nose using black Playdoh.

  9. Cut two rectangular teeth out of the white paper and place them beneath the beaver’s nose.

  10. Give your beaver a name!

ACTIVITY EXTENSION:

  • I mean….eat a beaver tail if it’s possible And if you don’t know what those are, I AM SO SORRY. Learn about them HERE.

  • Find out more about beavers! Where do they live? What do they eat? Etc.

CONNECTION STARTERS:

  • What are some things that make beavers a great symbol for Canada?

  • Can you think of any other symbols that represent Canada?

  • What is your favourite place in Canada?

  • Where in Canada would you like to visit?

  • How would you describe Canada to a friend from another country?

THINGS TO CELEBRATE & ENCOURAGE:

  • fine motor skills used while manipulating the Playdoh

  • sharing materials

  • engaging in a sensory experience or quiet play

We hope you get to make some symbolic sweeties of your own!

Happy Canada Day to our fellow Canucks!

And….MOST IMPORTANTLY….

happy connecting! <3


XOXO,

Lindsay

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