Welcome to the month of July! Can you believe 2022 is half-over? The first half of this year was filled with fun activities, plenty of national days, and great activity books and workbooks to make learning entertaining for your child. The fun isn’t over – it’ll soon be officially summer, and we are bringing you more great activities and books to extend your child’s learning through the warmest months of the year.
First, say a warm happy one-year anniversary to Daniel the Beaver! For the past year, Daniel the Beaver has had so much fun bringing you Canadian fun facts and learning adventures over on Instagram and through his books. To celebrate, he’s holding a giveaway over on Instagram. Go to Daniel the Beaver’s Instagram page @daniel_the_beaver_ and enter on the contest post to win a copy of both Fun Canadian Search and Find Activity Pads, a digital download of Daniel the Beaver’s Alphabet and Phonics Adventure educational eBook, and an exclusive Daniel the Beaver notepad. The contest closes tonight!
Plus, today only, you can receive a free copy of Daniel the Beaver’s eBook by using code DANIELANNIVERSARY when you make a purchase on our website, www.telegraphroad.ca. We’re having a huge Canada Day sale, so it’s the perfect time to get a head start on your winter holiday shopping or pick up something to keep your child learning throughout the summer.
July 1 is Canada Day, which is a perfect time to celebrate your community while acknowledging the First Nations territory you live on. Whether you are hanging with your immediate family, attending a neighbourhood get-together, or going to a larger event, take some time today to learn about and appreciate the land we live on as Canadians.
You can also celebrate with a sweet treat that brings together Canada Red and maple with this year’s Canada Day recipe: Maple Berry Muffins. These delicious muffins bring together summer berries and Canadian maple, which makes them a sweet addition to any celebration.
Canadian Maple Berry Muffins
½ cup of milk
¼ cup of oil
1 large egg
1 ¾ cups of flour (plus 2 tsp extra flour for berries)
½ cup of sugar
2 tsp of baking powder
½ tsp of salt
1 cup of chopped strawberries
½ tsp of maple extract
1. Preheat your oven to 375°F. Then, line a muffin pan with muffin liners and give the liners a quick spray with cooking spray.
2. Beat milk, oil, and eggs together. Add maple extract and mix.
3. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
4. Chop strawberries and toss them with 2 tsp of flour to help prevent them from sinking.
5. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, then add the berries.
6. Spoon the batter into the muffin liners. Drizzle maple syrup on the top of each muffin.
7. Bake for 25 minutes or until baked through. Test with a toothpick.
8. Let cool for 10 minutes, then remove the muffins from the pan.
Bring these muffins to your Canada Day celebration or make them whenever for a berry delicious snack! You can also use different kinds of berries, such as raspberries or mixed berries.
Keep the yummy treats flowing on July 9 with Sugar Cookie Day. Check out Daniel the Beaver’s blog for a great sugar cookie recipe and a download to make some cookies into Daniel the Beaver’s friends. What’s your favourite type of cookie? Let us know over on Daniel the Beaver’s Instagram page, @daniel_the_beaver_.
July 12 is Paper Bag Day. Think about all the places you can use paper bags or reusable bags instead of plastics. Paper bags are perfect for lunches on to go, bagging groceries or other purchases at the store, and making fun monster puppets to perform original plays!
Paper Bag Monsters
· Paper bag
· Construction paper
· Googly eyes
1. Take your paper bag and lay it so the bottom of the bag is at the top facing up.
Do not unfold the bag.
2. Use your markers to draw eyes on the bottom of the bag or glue googly eyes to the bag.
3. Cut teeth and horns out of the construction paper and glue them in place on the bag.
4. Add pom poms and other decorations.
5. Give your paper bag monster a name.
Make multiple paper bag monsters and have a monster party! Put on fun music or create a short skit for the monsters to perform. Show us your paper bag monster on Facebook and Instagram at @telegraphroad.entertainment.
On July 13, celebrate National French Fry Day by exploring the wonder of the potato. Originally cultivated in South America, the potato has become a world traveller and is one of a few staple crops across many cultures. Canada is one of the largest producers of potatoes, with almost one quarter of Canada’s potato crop coming from farms in Prince Edward Island.
Set up a science experiment surrounding the humble potato. Take your child to the grocery store and buy one potato of multiple kinds (russet, golden, white, etc.). Have your child note where each potato came from. Then, have them classify the potatoes based on size, colour, skin thickness, and other characteristics you think of. How are the potatoes different? How are they similar?
After your child has finished their experiment, chop the potatoes up, season with salt, and make some delicious French fries to enjoy.
Give Something Away Day on July 15 is the perfect day to go through your belongings and donate books, clothes, toys, and other items that haven’t been used in a while. Donating and recycling help us control clutter while also reducing our impact on the earth. There are many places you can donate items including second-hand stores and clothing boxes. You can also sell items at a garage sale, teaching your child about item value and money.
Finally, howl at the moon on July 20 – National Moon Day! The moon is Earth’s constant companion, and the phases of the moon have been used for centuries to mark the passage of time. Watch over the course of the month as the moon’s phases change. When is the full moon? When is the new moon? Look up facts about the moon’s rotation and the Earth’s orbit and learn more about this natural satellite.
Summer is a great time to relax and have fun, but children can also fall behind in their learning. A quick way to stay on track is to use our Learning Flash Cards, such as Addition, Go Fish, and Three-Letter Words. These cards can be used to play games, do quick fact quizzes, and reinforce sight learning. With bright illustrations, our flash card sets are perfect for children learning at home and on the go.
Want more formal learning support? You can help your child stay on track over the summer with our Super Summer Learning series. These books contain ten weeks of math and language activities. Your child will complete two pages each day and end each week with a fun learning activity. Available for K to Grade 1, Grade 1 to Grade 2, and Grade 2 to Grade 3 on our website.
August brings civic holiday fun, some thoughts on tactile learning, colouring books, more jokes from Daniel the Beaver, and tips for integrating learning into summer fun.
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