The children made group quilts for our continuing celebration of the Indiana State Fair. As I walked into this classroom, I observed the children all gathered around something, so I had to take a closer look to see what all the hub-bub was about.

The teacher had prepared this large sheet of white bulletin board paper by adding colored tape to create a design of squares.

The tape overlapped the ends of the paper which held the paper quilt securely to the floor while the children colored.

A basket of crayons was set out next to the paper quilt…

The children then took turns throughout the morning coloring in a square or two of the paper quilt.

It is hard to tell here but there are two pieces of paper that are stapled together so the quilt can be stuffed with newspaper later.

What I like…

What I particularly liked about this activity is the children using the floor as a space to color or create. It allows them to sit or lay down and participate in a very relaxed manner.  I noticed that children who may normally rush through the coloring process really took their time while on the floor.

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