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Included in this cheery, seasonal pack are 8 different quilt patterns that use colored construction paper and primarily square and triangle shapes. Each is themed for a particular month and can be rotated in to create a beautiful display throughout the school year.
October: Jack-o-Lantern (for Pumpkin, don't add face pieces)
November: Fall Leaf
Dec/Jan: Snowman Head
I only use one, the Snowman, for both December and January. Because of testing, winter break, and festivities, I find completing only one Paper Quilt for those two months is sufficient.
These patterns were designed so that they start out fairly easy with a 9-square grid and increase in difficulty (after several months of school) with a 16-square grid.
These activities help students learn many concepts: spatial awareness, fractions (1/2), shapes, problem solving, using a color key, sorting, etc. Plus, students just love them!
Each is adorable as is or you can be extra creative and add more embellishments -- a hat or scarf to the snowman, for instance. You can even use fabric pieces! These quilt squares are perfect for holiday parties, hanging decorations, calendar toppers, banners, and greeting cards!
Each Paper Quilt includes:
- an example of the finished product in color
- a blackline to quickly create a teacher's example for student support
- a blackline for the student copies
- blackline(s), if applicable, for additional pieces (e.g., carrot nose)
- tips, instructions, and a list of pieces (quantity and color) required
Note: Most prep work is using an bypass paper cutter to cut paper into squares. This goes very fast and consumes surprisingly little paper. For the triangles, simply stack up about 5-7 squares and use a good pair of scissors to cut the squares on the diagonal. I found this works much better/faster than using a paper cutter and the edges are definitely straight enough that nobody would know they were hand cut.
After students glue everything down and their creations are dry, trim each base paper to create a 1/4-3/8" border on all sides.
My students love making these so much, I usually incorporate one for holiday parties, like my Valentine's Day centers!