One fun thing to do with your girls is to teach them about another country. Everything from the people of the country, the weather, culture, food, and more. You can center an entire meeting around teaching girls about Canada. I’ve included some general facts about the country, and highlighted a few games, activities, craft suggestion, and other resources to make your meeting fun and educational.
Learn Everything You Can About Canada
This is the content you can print and use to put together a poster, or share with your girls during a meeting. If you want easy-to-use games and activities to teach your girls these facts, be sure to keep reading.
Did you know? Niagara Falls, one of Canada’s biggest tourist attractions, were formed in the last Ice Age. The Niagara Falls are the largest waterfalls in Canada by volume of water.
Geography in Canada: Canada borders the Atlantic Ocean in the east, the Pacific Ocean in the west, and the Arctic Ocean in the North. Canada and the USA share the longest international border in the world. There are about three million lakes in Canada; Canada houses more lakes than all countries in the world combined!
Where are the people in Canada? Canada is the second largest country in the world, after Russia. The capital city of Canada is Ottawa. Nine out of ten Canadians live in the US – Canada border region. Canada is among the ten most sparsely populated countries in the world. More than half of the population live in the Canadian provinces Ontario and Quebec. Toronto is the largest city in Canada housing about 6.2 million people.
Animals in Canada: Among the animals you will most likely encounter on your Canada travels will be moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goats and the muskox, which is a wild bison.
Government in Canada: Canada is a constitutional monarchy, the Crown is the corporation sole, assuming distinct roles: the executive, as the Crown-in-Council; the legislature, as the Crown-in-Parliament; and the courts, as the Crown-on-the-Bench. Three institutions—the Privy Council; the Parliament of Canada; and the judiciary, exercise the powers of the Crown.
Economy in Canada: Canada is the third largest oil reserve holder after Venezuela and Saudi Arabia. The province of Alberta leads in the production of oil and natural gas in Canada.
Canada is the leader in uranium mining, which is used in nuclear power plants for producing electricity.
Canada is one of the world leaders of hydro electricity which uses the power of the water to produce electricity.
Canada is a huge timber producer and second in the world.
Armed Forces in Canada: The Canadian Armed Forces is the unified military of Canada, consisting of sea, land, and air divisions referred to as the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), Canadian Army, and Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF).
Language in Canada: Canada has two official languages: English and French. Almost half of the population can speak both languages. The majority of Canadians speak English as their first language, but French is the main language in the Quebec province. In Quebec also almost half of the population is bilingual.
Religion in Canada: In Canada, a slim majority of Canadian adults (55%) say they are Christian. About three-in-ten Canadians say they are either atheist, agnostic, or “nothing in particular.” Relatively few Canadians engage frequently in traditional religious practices, such as daily prayer or weekly worship.
Education in Canada: Education is one of the highest priorities for the Canadian government. Children in Canada attend kindergarten for a year or two at the age of four or five by choice. School then becomes mandatory as of grade one, which tends to be at the age of six years old. Depending on the province, schools go up to either grade 11 or 12, generally until the age of 16 years old. Children then have the choice whether or not to continue onto higher education in universities, colleges, or Cegep.
Food in Canada: Canadian cuisine has a variety of ingredients and styles. In addition to its strong indigenous influence, the country has imported many dishes from the two countries that occupied it in antiquity: France and England. Its star ingredient, maple syrup, is the flagship of the country.
Popular Canadian Dishes:
- Poutine- Made up of french fries covered with fresh cheese curds, that melt with the heat, and a brown gravy sauce. It is one of the most delicious fast foods in the country, so it can be found on street stalls as well as in most restaurants in large cities, including McDonalds.
- Tourtière- A meat pie made up of a bread dough stuffed with meat.
- Fiddleheads- Rolled fern leaves that when cooked, have a taste similar to asparagus.
- Maple syrup- One of the most popular products in Canada, the leaf of this tree is the one that proudly shines on the national flag.
Recreation in Canada: Canada family trips can include great day hikes or canoe trips in the national parks. In winter, families can enjoy skiing, snowboarding and other winter fun activities such as tobogganing in the mountains. Canada’s big cities also have lots to offer to families travelling with kids with fascinating museums and wonderful city parks that invite great outdoor activities such as cycling, climbing, sledging or ice skating.
Canada Fact Bingo Game Activity Booklet
You may enjoy teaching your girls facts about Canada while playing a game of bingo. In this bingo game there are 24 different Canada facts your girls will learn about playing the game. When you draw a fact listed on the bingo cards you can also tell your girls a little bit about what each of them mean. After one game play again and have girls tell you what each fact means. Learn more and get your Bingo game to play with your girls.
Group Games and Activities
Yahtzee!: Yahtzee was invented in 1954 by a wealthy Canadian couple who played the game with friends on their yacht. It was called “The Yacht Game.” Players take turns rolling five die, trying to achieve certain rolls with different assigned point values. The word “Yahtzee” is called out whenever a lucky player rolls the same number with all five dice.
You can get a game of Yahtzee from any retail store including Amazon.
One Foot High Kick: This game involves jumping, walking, running, balancing, and kicking, and can be played with kids of all ages. A target, usually a ball, is hung by a string or rope from a support. Players take turns trying to kick the target with one foot and landing on the foot with which they kicked. The target is raised until only one person can kick it. Participants can stand still to kick, or can walk or run and jump at the target.
Ring around the Goose: For this one, you’ll need some sort of goose lawn ornament. Get some rings, have kids stand back, and throw them. The goal is to get the rings around the goose’s neck.
Introduction of Canada
Oh Canada is a wonderful introduction to the beautiful country of Canada. Get to know the Canadian provinces and territories, capital cities, official languages, and Canadian flag. All of the resources and activities feature my hand-painted woodsy watercolor maps and rustic illustrations.
If this is still not enough Canada inspiration. Checkout my Canada for Kids pinterest board where I share all kinds of other great ideas people have shared online for country that you can incorporate into your event. I enjoyed learning more about Canada, I hope you did too.
Before You Go…
Here are few other around the world ideas I have shared in the past that may be great for your event as well if you are doing more than learning about 1 country.
- Airplane Ride Activity Girls will take an airplane ride around the world.
- World Trefoil Game Girls will learn the meaning of the Trefoil pin.
- 12 of the Best Resources on the Web to Plan Your International Event Here you will find a pile of amazing resources I have found online that will help you plan your event.