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1303-2 Canada
Friendship Story Hide

Designed by Patty Cox

Canada is rich with the tradition of tribal heritage. Tribal stories were often told with pictures, a language rich in design and symbolism. Create a miniature friendship hide to tell your story to share with kindred spirits.

Age Range: 7 to 12

Grade Range 1 to 6

Skill Level: Easy

Appropriate for These Special Events
Every Day and Rainy Days

Supports Subject Area(s) of:
Social Studies
Language Arts e.g. step by step instructions
Visual Arts

Time Needed for Project
1 hour plus drying time

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Main supplies:

  • Elmer’s® White School Glue
  • Elmer’s® Repositionable Glue Stick
  • Elmer’s® Painters® Opaque Paint Markers
  • Brown lunch bag
  • Assorted colors of chalk
  • Optional – raffia, feathers, pony beads
  • Construction paper- any color

Story Hide Patterns (PDF)

Basic Supplies:

  • Paint brush
  • Cotton swab
  • Hole punch
  • Scissors
  • Optional: decorative edge scissors
    Paper clips


1.  Fold the paper bag in half. Cut out the pattern, secure to the folded bag with a paper clip.
2.  Tear the hide shape from the paper bag following the pattern. Draw selected designs around the center of the hide with markers. Tell a story through your designs.
3.  Crumple the paper, then unfold and smooth flat. Rub chalk over the surface. Color the designs, and then smear the chalk with your fingers or the cotton swap.
4.  Apply a generous coat of white glue with a paint brush over the designs. Let dry.
5.  Cut out another hide pattern from colored construction paper. Cut slightly larger than the actual pattern. Using the repositionable glue stick, glue the decorated hide to the construction paper. Trim around the edges with regular or decorative edge scissors. Apply more white glue to cover. Punch a hole in the corner, and then trim with raffia, beads, and feathers. 

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