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Grade K-6
Age: 4-10

Show your patriotic spirit with this creative Canadian Flag.

What You Need:

  • Poster paper (white)
  • Water based paint (red)
  • Paper towels
  • Paint brushes, water and containers
  • An old shirt or paint smock
  • Safety scissors
  • Optional - red and white fabric

What You Do:

  1. Cut the poster paper into a rectangular flag shape.
    *Keep in mind the size of the hands used for this project when you cut the paper -- the larger the hands, the larger the paper will need to be to accommodate the size.

  2. The next step is to (using a straight edge) create two blocks of equal size on either edge of the rectangle. These will be the red sections of the flag.

  3. Paint these sections red and let dry.

  4. Now comes the messy part ... your kinderartists can dip their hands into the red paint to create a maple leaf pattern. Three hand prints are needed - refer to the illustration for ideas. It is also recommended that you and your kinderartists try a few test maple leaves on scrap paper.

  5. When the hand print leaf is complete, add a small stem to the bottom to complete the picture.

  6. Finally, its time to wash up and admire the Canadian flag.

  7. Happy Birthday Canada!
*Optional: You can use red and white fabric for this craft instead of paint and paper. Simply trace the hand onto red fabric, cut the fabric hand out and paste it onto the white fabric.

Recommended Books:

Hand-Print Animal Art
by Carolyn Carreiro, Susan Williamson
Unique hand-print animals spring to life as creativity explodes in a burst of color and fun. Kids create special effects and transform hand-prints into finger puppets, cards, mobiles, sculpture, and more.

© KinderArt | Illustration © KinderArt

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