Sunday, September 5, 2010

Our Quilt

A few weeks ago I read about making a quilt on Teach Preschool. When I saw that, I knew we would do that in my class at some point. I love using colored masking tape. And I've become interested in more cooperative art, art we all do together that stays in the room.

This cooperative aspect of art encourages kids to focus on the process, on what they are doing, since they will not have a "product" to take home. For more ideas on cooperative art experiences, check out Teacher Tom, Irresistible Ideas for Play Based Learning, and Let the Children Play.

A couple of weeks ago we were focusing on working together, so I thought this quilt activity would fit in perfectly.

We taped some large pieces of paper together and sectioned off the areas with tape and attached it to the floor.

Several kids worked on it throughout the morning.

At the end of the day, several areas were still not used, so I taped the quilt to our oil drip pan and set it out again the next week.

The squares were all full by the end of that day. We hung the quilt up so everyone could see it.

I like that there are some figures, some names, some designs - a variety of squares for our class quilt. This week we looked at the quilt and found different pictures that children did. We'll let the quilt adorn our room for a while.

What types of community art do you like to do with your class?


  1. This is such a great community building project, Scott. The quilt, I think, is the quintessential "bee" activity.

    I'm also interested in that amazing checkerboard floor! Holy cow, is it purple and yellow? I love it!

  2. That turned out beautiful - I was also admiring all the patterns on your floor next to the quilt! I love the way an activity like this naturally focuses on the process! Thanks for sharing this idea with your class and then here on your blog. This was so fun for me to see:)

  3. Scott we've done plenty of group drawings on large rolls of paper but I've never thought to section areas off to give the children their own space ... brilliant idea my friend. You know I reckon you could photocopy those drawings onto transfer paper and make a really gorgeous fabric quilt out of that. At around $1 a sheet it would be priceless!
    Donna :) :)

  4. Tom - the floor is really dark blue and yellow but the light sometimes makes it look purple. The room next door has orange and yellow tile!

    Deborah - Thanks for sharing the idea in the first place. We had a blast with it.

    Donna - What a wonderful idea! I may need to see if I can convert that to a fabric quilt.

  5. fun idea - I will have to do this before we make a fabric quilt.