Submitted by: Mindy Shupak, a teacher from Roswell, Georgia.
- Promote open dialogue of what the children are thankful for during the Thanksgiving season.
- Exploring different textures, shapes and colors.
- Great for fine motor development.
What You Need:
- Large piece of fadeless paper to fit your table
- Various materials of different shapes, color and textures.
- Wallpaper samples can also be used
What You Do:
- The material squares are cut in square and rectangle shapes.
- The children choose which materials they want to use and glue the pieces next to each other to form a quilt-like appearance.
- The children have to interact cooperatively with each other and assist in finding just the correct shape to glue next.
- Every so often the teacher can help children draw a square and encourage the child to fill it in with what he/she is thankful for this year and have the child print their name in their square.
- The other classes can make a quilt and then join all of the quilts together to form one sharing Thanksgiving quilt for all to admire.
- The children are so proud of their accomplishment.
- They start with a pile of material and actually create a quilt on their own.
- It is also a wonderful lesson on working together for a cause.
Mindy Shupak is the Master Teacher of her own private preschool. She is the lead teacher and curriculum coordinator of the Pre-K program.
© Mindy Shupak
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