Quilting Day

Bring in a patchwork quilt. Play Eye Spy using the blocks. Children love looking for the sailboat or frog or yellow flower!

Quilt math: assemble a make shift quilt and use it to graph ratios, how many red squares? yellow? green? Discuss how many pieces make a whole (early ratio) For toddlers talk about squares and colors. Have them tell you the order you would assemble a quilt in (sequencing) Also you could explain how a quilt is assembled with 3 pieces; back, batting, front. Talk about sequencing; assemble a quilt the wrong way and talk about how silly it looks. And opposites; under/over, hot/cold, outside/inside, what you can see/can’t see, right-side/wrong side (of fabric, of quilt as it lays on a bed). Batting would be a great thing for sensory play, and crafts. Thread or string for art and sewing or lacing cards in the centers. This is a theme you can really “warm” up to.

Our preschool is in a church, so we are able to go and visit the quilting ladies and see how they make a quilt. Then we make our own. The kids trace shapes onto heat-n-bond, iron it to material and with help (it needed) cut it out. They then help me sew it onto squares. I finish putting the squares together at home and bring it back so they can help tie it. We then donate it to the hospital or nursing home. It can be a baby quilt or lap quilt.

I saw a quilt bulletin board, where the teacher used the squares to make a “wish list” for her class. Things like glue sticks, baggies, toilet paper tubes, were written on individual squares that the parents could pull off and take shopping with them. When a square was pulled another item/square went in it’s place. It was really a cute idea!

When you talk about quilts you could lead into how comforting they are, and how warm they keep you. It’s a good jump off for dramatic play; each child pretends to be under a warm snuggly quilt. And for creative writing; who made your quilt and why? what does it look like?