Children can create all kinds of designs using triangles with this free printable four-square quilt template. This geometry activity for kids provides all kinds of practice in spatial awareness and is perfect for preschool, kindergarten, and first grade.
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One of my favorite themes to do with children is quilts! Studying quilt designs is a wonderful way to immerse children in hands-on geometry and shape activities. (Be sure to check out our list of picture books about quilts!)
In this quilt activity, kids use triangles to create four-square quilt designs. Younger children will focus on orienting the triangles to fit inside the squares, while older children can extend this activity into creating patterns and designs.
If you are doing this activity with a large group of children, kids can compare the different designs created by their classmates. You can even cut out the designs and combine them to create a classroom quilt! (This post contains affiliate links.)
Geometry for Kids: Quilt Activity Using Triangles
Materials for Paper Quilt Activity
- Construction paper in two contrasting colors (We used purple and yellow.)
- Scissors or a paper cutter
- Glue stick
- White cardstock (optional)
- Free four-square quilt template
Directions for Paper Quilt Activity
1. Cut out triangles from your construction paper. Each child will need 8 triangles (4 of each color). First cut out 3.5 inch x 3.5 inch squares. Then cut the squares in half diagonally.
2. Set out the materials for the activity: 8 triangles, a glue stick, and the four-square quilt template. (You can print it out on white cardstock to make it more sturdy, but plain copy paper will work too.)
3. Practice arranging the triangles inside the squares. Do not let the triangles overlap or go outside of the squares.
4. Try out making different designs using the triangles. Once you find a design you like, use your glue stick to glue the triangles onto the paper.
5. 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!