We made quilts in preschool

The children made group quilts for our continuing celebration of the Indiana State Fair. As I walked into this classroom, I observed the children all gathered around something, so I had to take a closer look to see what all the hub-bub was about.

The teacher had prepared this large sheet of white bulletin board paper by adding colored tape to create a design of squares.

The tape overlapped the ends of the paper which held the paper quilt securely to the floor while the children colored.

A basket of crayons was set out next to the paper quilt…

The children then took turns throughout the morning coloring in a square or two of the paper quilt.

It is hard to tell here but there are two pieces of paper that are stapled together so the quilt can be stuffed with newspaper later.

What I like…

What I particularly liked about this activity is the children using the floor as a space to color or create. It allows them to sit or lay down and participate in a very relaxed manner.  I noticed that children who may normally rush through the coloring process really took their time while on the floor.

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By |2010-08-12T06:00:31+00:00August 12th, 2010|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Scott August 12, 2010 at 9:20 am - Reply

    I see another cooperative project in my future!

  2. Amy M August 12, 2010 at 10:06 am - Reply

    Oh, I like this!!! When I had a class of older 1 year old’s and young two’s, one of my favorite activities was laying down to color. It does seem more relaxing for the the children. And it also lets them use their muscles in a different way.

    • Deborah J. Stewart August 12, 2010 at 10:32 am - Reply

      Yes, it is interesting watching how the children get involved just by moving the project to the floor rather than the table:)

  3. V.Kerr August 12, 2010 at 11:35 am - Reply

    I think it would also be great to let the kids lay the tape down too! What a fun idea!

  4. maryanne August 12, 2010 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    I LOVE this idea! You could even do it with proper fabric and sew it up later…

  5. Nadia August 13, 2010 at 1:30 pm - Reply

    This is a great activity for a preschool! Children would be so proud to see the spot they colored hanging in the classroom. It also teaches children about team work and how to work together.
    When my kids get older I’d love to do this activity and have each of them paint squares as well as me and their dad… Representing our family bond 😉

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