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Five Unique Ways to Celebrate #Canada150 With Our Youngest Canadians

Happy Birthday Canada! It’s been 150 years of true north strong and free and our nation is looking forward to celebrating, especially all of us here at Scholar’s Choice.

As a truly Canadian company, we’re passionate about encouraging young Canadians to learn about and explore our country. We think Canada’s 150th birthday is the perfect opportunity to engage kids of any age in a little Canadiana – especially our youngest Canadians.

While you don’t have to look far for ways to celebrate #Canada150 with the many festivals, concerts and events across the country, here are a few ideas to make Canada’s birthday extra special for younger kids.

Get Outside and Get Active

Raising a generation of children who love the Canadian outdoors, is one of the best birthday gifts you can give Canada. We know not all children (or adults) are in love with being outside but helping your little one fall in love with the great Canadian outdoors isn’t as complicated as it might seem at first.

  • Try a family challenge with the ParticipACTION Canada 150 Playlist. The list includes 150 fun activities with a Canadian twist that you can track online for a chance to win prizes. How many of the activities can your family complete? Tip: You may want to leave ax throwing to the adults.
  • Check out your local hiking trails. Do a bit of research online and choose a trail suited for your tiny hiker then lace up your running shoes and hit the trails. When it comes to hiking with young kids, look for trails that have easy access (some are even stroller friendly), are at a low-intensity level and are under 1 or 2km. Kids often like trails that go around in a circle, instead of paths where you have to turn around and walk back when you reach the end. You may be surprised at how much your little one enjoys walking without having to hold your hand and being able to explore at their own pace.
  • This is the year to try camping! Even if you’ve never camped before, stay with me… Camping has been a Canadian tradition for generations. Thanks to Parks Canada’s Learn to Camp program you can learn how to plan a safe and fun family camping experience, without having ever been camping yourself or investing in all the equipment. Your very first family camping trip is guaranteed to make the “what I did this summer” journal entry when the kids are back at school.

Learn Something New About Canada

It’s never too early to start teaching young Canadians about our country’s history, geography, and traditions. At Scholar’s Choice, we know learning begins at birth and even tiny tidbits of information and learning experiences can spark a lifelong love of learning about Canada in our littlest citizens.

  • Make mealtime, learning time with this colourful and fun Canada placemat. Kids can learn to recognize Canada’s provinces and territories while playing a Canadian themed seek and find.
  • Learn why Canada is known around the globe as a mosaic of people and cultures by visiting one of the many multicultural festivals held across the country. Scroll through your local or provincial tourism website’s online event calendar and see what’s happening in your community this summer.
  • Heading on a road trip? Why not leave the electronics until you’re really desperate and get your brains working instead! Kids love to ask questions and Brain Quest Canada has a thousand of them all about Canadian culture, history and more!
  • Not all history can be learned (or retained) through reading textbooks. Some of the best Canadian history lessons are learned simply by asking our elders. Visit a Canada 150 celebration at a local senior’s residence or pick up Timmy’s coffee and Timbits and head over to Grandma and Grandpa’s house. Come prepared with some interesting questions to ask older adults including how has Canada changed since they were young, what do they remember about Canada’s 100th birthday and where was their favourite place to visit in Canada? You can even bring a fun play puzzle to help kick-off the conversation. If your relatives live far away, encourage your child to send a letter to an older relative (with a little help) to ask their questions. We bet they write back!

Read a Canadian Bedtime Story

In honour of Canada 150, add a few Canadian bedtime stories to your child’s bookshelf. From Robert Munsch, Kit Pearson, Paulette Bourgeois, Julie Flett, Phoebe Gillman and so many more, there are tons of Canadian children’s authors to choose from. Visit us in store and our experts will help you build your very own Canadian bedtime reading list.

Throw Your Own Canada 150 Party

We know parents are busy, but hosting a Canada 150 party doesn’t have to be complicated, fancy, expensive or stressful. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Invite your friends over for a Canada-themed family game night. Challenge your friends to a game of Canadian Trivia or Canadian themed “Minute to Win It” games like how many Canadian icons can you find in this “Find It! Canada Edition”? Don’t forget to pick-up a few Canadian snacks like ketchup chips, maple cream cookies shaped like maple leafs and butter tarts.
  • Host an afternoon Taste of Canada Potluck and encourage guests to bring a truly Canadian food to share. Have your guests vote on their favourite or guess where each dish originated from in Canada.
  • Get crafty! Invite a few of your children’s friends over to get into the Canada 150 spirit by making a special Happy Birthday Canada craft. You can also opt to leave the mess at preschool by volunteering to bring the supplies and maybe another parent volunteer then spend an hour crafting in your child’s class.
  • Join in the Canada 150 Sharing Dance Party with the help of Canada’s National Ballet School. Learn the dance choreographed specifically for Canada’s 150th celebration and join the thousands of Canadians who will be sharing dance across our country.

Canadian Fact Finding Mission

Kids are curious and they love to learn random and interesting facts. Canada’s birthday is the perfect time to challenge the whole family to find the most interesting facts about Canada. Choose a designated place in your house (like the refrigerator) and give each family member a turn at posting a random fact each day. Need help fact finding? We have blog posts full of fun facts about Canada and each of the provinces and territories.

However you choose to celebrate, we hope you join us in wishing Canada a very Happy Birthday!

Looking for more great Canada 150 inspired games, toys, books and more? Check out our curated #Canada150 list!.

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