Use this free printable template to create paper quilt designs using squares. This geometry for kids activity is perfect for practicing spatial awareness, encouraging creativity, and can even be used as a collaborative art project!
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Creating a 9-Square Paper Quilt
This activity was super easy to prepare and provided both my first grader and preschooler with so many learning opportunities! (This post contains affiliate links.)
Materials for 9-Square Paper Quilt Activity
- Construction paper in a variety of colors
- Paper cutter or scissors (I have this paper cutter and love it!)
- Glue sticks
- Free printable 9-square template
Making Your 9-Square Quilt
1. Cut your construction paper into 2-inch squares. Each child will need 9 squares. (We started with just two colors, but you could try using as many as you’d like.)
2. Give each child a free 9-square template. Place the squares and glue sticks out for the kids to use.
3. Practice arranging the squares onto the template. Try creating different designs and patterns.
4. Once you’ve found a design you like, glue the squares into place.
5. Make some more 9-square quilts. How many different patterns can you create?
6. If doing this activity with a large group of children, have the kids discuss the other patterns created by their classmates. They can even cut out their quilt squares and combine them with others to create a group quilt!
- This activity can even be a great learning opportunity for preschoolers. Theo (age 3) loved practicing how to use a glue stick to glue his squares onto his template- great fine motor practice. He was also proud of the pattern he created- “green, pink, green”!
- Lucy created four quilt squares using the same pattern so she could put them all together to create a larger quilt. (She says she is going to use it for her stuffed animals!)
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