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Grade: K-2
Age: 4-8

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
  • Glue
  • Markers

What You Do:

  1. The material squares are cut in square and rectangle shapes.
  2. The children choose which materials they want to use and glue the pieces next to each other to form a quilt-like appearance.
  3. The children have to interact cooperatively with each other and assist in finding just the correct shape to glue next.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. The children are so proud of their accomplishment.
  7. They start with a pile of material and actually create a quilt on their own.
  8. 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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