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Quilting Stories


Children design their own squares to add to a collective quilt, which tells a story.
  • Reading Is Fundamental
  • Arts and Crafts
    • 3-5
    • 6-8
    • 9-12
  • Multiple
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • Play

Time: 10-15 minutes

This activity requires several children to participate. Gather children's friends and neighbors to take part in this. Or try this activitiy with Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, or other clubs. Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt by Deborah Hopkinson; The Fabrics of Fairytale by Tanya Robyn Batt; The Name Quilt by Phillis Root; The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco; or other books featuring the art of quilting. 5 x 5 squares of fabric one for each child Fabric markers Set up Set out fabric squares and markers. Directions Read one of the stories about the tales found within a quilt. Invite children to illustrate a tale from their lives. (Choose a theme that will unify the squares, such as summer vacation, my best friend, or their childrens book story.) Ask them to draw a picture to tell the story they have chosen. Children should try to keep the picture in the center, as ends will be turned under to sew in panels. Sew together the panels and share the finished quilt with the children.

Quilting Stories