Canada's Constitution Challenge

Why

Only recently could Canadians establish their own laws. Learn more about the country’s history and the Constitution Act of 1982 by creating a board game.


Steps

1. Research details about the history of the Canadian government. How have Great Britain, France, and North America’s indigenous peoples influenced the country’s laws? Until 1982, any amendments or changes made to the Canadian constitution, known as the British North America Act of 1867, had to be carried out by the British Parliament. The Constitution Act of 1982 ended British legislative control of Canada, and established the country’s fundamental laws and civil rights. Queen Elizabeth II It signed it on April 18, 1982, at Parliament Hill in Ottawa.


2. Work in a small group to decide how you want to set up your game board. Your goal is to learn facts about the history of the Canadian Constitution and its significance to that country’s people. What game strategies would add challenge and excitement to your game?


3. Use Crayola® Colored Pencils and your imagination to draw your game board on posterboard. Use Crayola Washable Markers to color important buildings such as the Parliament Building and people such as Prime Ministers and British government representatives.


4. Press color from Crayola Washable Markers into pieces of white Crayola Model Magic to make game pieces. Knead the modeling material a little for a marble effect, or knead more until the color is evenly distributed. Sculpt maple leaves and other symbols of Canada. Air-dry game pieces at least 24 hours before playing.


5. Create any other pieces needed for your game. For example, on construction paper, measure question cards. Cut them out with Crayola Scissors. Write a question and answer on each card. Write questions about the British North America Act of 1867, the Canadian Constitution Act of 1982, and other aspects of Canadian history and government. Have fun and learn lots while playing this game!


Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Crayola Modeling Materials including Crayola Model Magic®, and Model Magic Fusion™, Crayola Air-Dry Clay, and Crayola Dough—

  • Keep away from open flames. Do not use to make candleholders, hot plates, trivets, or other similar objects that will be used or placed near fire and other heat sources.
  • Do not put in an oven, microwave, or kiln.
  • Do not make into vessels/containers that will hold unpackaged food.
  • The use of modeling material to make items that look like food is discouraged for children younger than age 5 to avoid their confusion with real food.
  • Unless sealed with a water-resistant glaze, do not make projects exposed to or immersed in water, such as boats or outdoor bird feeders. They would disintegrate when exposed to moisture.
  • Crayola Dough—contains gluten (wheat flour) as an ingredient.
  • Crayola Air-Dry Clay, Crayola Model Magic and Model Magic Fusion are gluten-free. However, they are produced on the same machinery as Crayola Dough which does contain gluten. Although the machines are cleaned prior to the start of each production run, there is a slight possibility that trace amounts of gluten from Crayola Dough may be present in the other modeling compound products. For information regarding specific ingredients or allergic concerns, please call our Consumer Affairs department at 1-800-272-9652 weekdays between 9 AM and 4 PM Eastern Standard Time.

Scissors—ATTENTION: The cutting edges of scissors are sharp and care should be taken whenever cutting or handling. Blunt-tip scissors should be used only by children 4 years and older. Pointed-tip scissors should be used only by children 6 years and older.

Adaptations

  • Compare and contrast the history and content of the Canadian Constitution Act of 1982 with your own country’s documents such as the U.S. Declaration of Independence or Constitution.
  • Research the nine formal amendments to the Constitution of Canada that have been written since 1982. Why were these added? What is the process for making amendments and changes?

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Supplies

crayola supplies
  • Colored Pencils
  • Markers
  • Model Magic®
  • Pointed Tip Scissors
household supplies
  • posterboard
  • measuring tool

Overview

grades

  • Grades 4 to 6
  • Grades 7 to 12

subjects

  • Language Arts
  • Social Studies
  • Visual Arts

time

  • Multiple Sessions

benefits

  • Students discover how Great Britain, France, and Native peoples played major roles in Canadian history.

  • Students learn about Canada’s government and how it works.

  • Students identify the differences between the British North America Act of 1867 and the Constitution Act of 1982.

  • Students design, write, and build a game based on facts about the Canadian government.

Cirriculum

Research Canada Standards
Research UK Standards
Research U.S. Standards