There are several ways you can make a quilt for the classroom. You can use fabric, tagboard or colored paper. Choose only 4 or 5 colors. Then when you assemble the quilt have the students help you by creating a pattern with the colors. Here are some ideas for your quilt:
1. Materials: fabric or construction paper, a few colors of non-toxic tempera paint poured into shallow dishes, thin black marker.
Give each student a color of fabric,tagboard or paper cut in squares. Then use an opposing color of paint in which to dip the palm side of their hands. Carefully place the painted palm on the paper and press down. Lift up hand and wipe clean. Later the students can write their names with the black marker on the square. Assemble the finished squares first on the floor or large table and the students can assist with the pattern. Then attach to a backing sheet of fabric or bulletin board paper to hang on the wall.
2. Use the same preparation as #1 but send the squares home for the family to decorate with shapes, photos, objects that describe the family. You should include a letter of explanation to the parents and a due date.
3. Use the same preparation and instruct the students to decorate the square for the season. Provide cutouts of leaves, hearts, snowmen, etc. for them to glue on their square as desired. Change the quilt for each season.
4. Make a quilt for a favorite author illustrating scenes from books by the author.
5. Make a quilt of a theme on which you are working: animals, community helpers, weather, etc.
Many objectives can be covered in this lesson: listening skills, story comprehension, understanding patterns, fine motor skills and caring for others. Quilts can be used for classroom themes as a culminating project to brighten up the classroom or hallway.