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Sit Upons

Did you know that a great way to stay warm in the winter is to insulate yourself from the cold ground and other cold surfaces? Make a sit-upon to keep yourself warm next time you find yourself sitting on the cold snow or a cold log!

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  • What materials do you need for the activity?
  • How will you decorate your Sit Upon to make it unique?
  • How will you stay safe in this activity?


This is just one way to make a sit upon – there are lots of others, so feel free to get creative!

  • Start with a brown paper envelope – decorate it however you want using markers, pencil crayons, etc.
  • Crumple up newspaper into balls and use them to stuff your envelope. It should be filled enough that is it comfortable to sit on but can still be closed.
  • Seal your envelope.
  • Waterproof your envelope – you can put it into a clear plastic bag and seal it shut, or you can cover it with packing tape.
  • Alternatively, use duct tape as a waterproofing material and decorations. Stuff a plain envelope, seal it and then cover it in patterned or colourful duct tape to waterproof it!
  • Bring your sit upon on your next adventure and use it to stay dry while sitting outside.


  • What did you enjoy most about making you Sit Upon?
  • What did you use to make it?
  • What might you do differently next time?


  • Large brown envelope
  • Newspaper or other padding
  • Clear plastic bags – large enough to hold your envelopes (if you can’t find any, you can fold your envelope in half and use a smaller bag)
  • Packing tape or duct tape – if you’d rather not decorate your sit upon
  • Markers, pencil crayons, other decorations

Keep it Simple

  • Choose a simple sit upon that everyone can make with things often found at home – for example, reusable shopping bags, old towels, old tarps or rugs, and hot glue!

Take it Further

  • Consider making a stool or converting an old, lidded bucket into a seat. If you use a bucket, you can even use it to carry things!