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Pattern Paper Quilts

What makes a pattern? How do we combine patterns to create quilts?

  • Directions

    1. Find quilts, or books with pictures of quilts, made with square patches.
    2. Invite children to describe their patterns. Talk about principles of visual organization such as rhythm, repetition, unity, and balance.
    3. Look at quilt designs. What patterns are used? What shapes do you see? How are square patches put together to make a harmonious design?
    4. To make your own quilt patterns, print Crayola® MiniStampers on paper.
    5. Cut several quilt squares using Crayola® Scissors.
    6. On construction paper, arrange the quilt squares in an appealing design. Use Crayola® Glue Sticks to attach them.
  • Standards

    LA: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade level topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.

    MATH: Identify and describe shapes.

    MATH: Analyze, compare, create, and compose shapes.

    VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.

  • Adaptations

    After students have created an original quilt, ask them to investigate Amish quilts. What types of patterns do they see in these quilts? What shapes do they find?

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