Hang them in the yard or wave them at the parade! These 5 fun and easy Canada Day crafts for kids are guaranteed to add a splash of patriotic pride to your holiday celebrations.
This year, on July 1st, Canada will celebrate its 150th birthday, and Canada Day celebrations, parades and fireworks will be bigger and better than ever!
In honour of Canada’s extra-special celebration this year, I’ve rounded up 5 of our best Canada Day crafts to help make your kids’ Canada Day creative and memorable. I’m also sharing the winner of Owl Magazine’s recent Canada Day cover contest, so be sure to scroll all the way through to see the winning design.
Whether you have toddlers, preschoolers or school-aged kids, you’ll find all 5 of these Canada Day crafts fun and easy to make. And bonus: if you tweak the colours, kids can make these crafts for the 4th of July too.
5 Fun & Easy Canada Day Crafts for Kids
Canada Day God’s Eye:
A God’s Eye is one of our favourite classic crafts. We used sticks gathered from the yard, and red and white yarn to make these patriotic God’s Eyes. Hang a bunch from a branch in your yard, and you’ll have a colourful display for your Canada Day get-together. See how to make our God’s Eyes here.
Patriotic Canada Day Wind Twirlers:
These patriotic paper towel wind twirlers are super-easy to make with a little paint and glitter. Hang them around your porch or patio, and they’ll look festive twirling in the breeze at your Canada Day BBQ. You can get the instructions for our Patriotic Wind Twirlers here.
Canada Day Nature Shakers:
Kids can jingle and and rattle these nature shakers as the parade passes by. A stick, some yarn, and a few buttons, shells and beads are all you’ll need to make these festive noise-makers. See the how-to for our Canada Day Nature Shakers here.
Canada Day Ribbon Sticks:
Our easiest Canada Day craft ever! Kids can have a dance-off in the yard, or wave them at the parade. The only supplies you’ll need are sticks and some dollar store ribbon. See how we made our ribbon sticks here.
Canada Day Wind Socks:
Our latest Canada Day craft is my favourite. Turn coffee cups and Pringles cans into patriotic windsocks to display on your front porch or around your yard. The process is a lot of fun, and the results are colourful, cheery and oh-so-Canadian! See the step-by-step for our Canada Day Windsocks here.
Bonus: Here’s one more last-minute Canada Day craft that we made after I put this collection together.
These “Canada Rocks” are so quick and easy to make! All you need are smooth beach stones and acrylic paint!
Winner of Owl Magazine’s Canada Day Cover Contest
And now, I’m excited to share the winning design for the Canada Day Cover of the June 2017 Issue of Owl Magazine!
In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, OWL Magazine, launched a national cover contest inviting kids, ages 8 – 14, from across the country to submit creative that best depicted what they thought was “cool” about Canada. The contest ran from February 18 – March 31, 2017, and the winning artwork was submitted by 11-year old, Abigail DiBiase, from Wasaga Beach, Ontario.
“We were overwhelmed by the response from our readers. We received over 400 entries and the quality of the artwork was incredible,” shares Kendra Brown, Editor, OWL Magazine. “Kids were excited to share with us, through their art, what they loved about Canada, and I was so impressed by both the creativity and thoughtfulness of their submissions.”
Judges noticed a recurring theme in many of the entries: the importance of diversity and unity. The winning entry was voted as the best visual representation of this shared sentiment. “The idea of inclusion, openness and acceptance was a common element expressed through the art of many OWL readers,” adds Brown. “Now, more than ever, it is especially reassuring to see such a hopeful and positive message being shared by this younger generation. We are thrilled to be celebrating this attitude by featuring Abigail’s artwork in our June 2017 issue.”
“I love the magazine and had a lot of fun working on my cover,” shares DiBiase. “My artwork shows that Canada is full of so many different people and I think it’s really cool that we all live together in a happy way.”
Congratulations, Abigail! We love your cover, and love how it reflects the diversity and unity of our beautiful country!
About OWL Magazine: Founded in 1976, OWL is a must-read for kids aged 9 – 13 and loaded with quizzes, comics, and cool tech news, expert interviews, ground-breaking discoveries and innovations, and hands-on building, book and movie reviews, reader art and advice, contests and much more.
About Owlkids: Owlkids, a division of Bayard Canada, publishes award-winning magazines and books for children ages 2 to 14. Our magazines, Chirp (ages 3-6), chickaDEE (ages 6-9), and OWL (ages 9-13), delight and engage more than 1 million readers every year. Our book publishing program, Owlkids Books, has over 300 print and digital books available for young readers. Launched in 1976, Owlkids is based in Toronto.
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.