Quilts Theme for Preschool

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This Quilts Theme can be run alone or in combination with a Pajama Theme or Friendship Theme!

This page includes preschool lesson plans, activities and Interest Learning Center ideas for your Preschool Classroom!

Let the Theme planning begin!

You can either scroll down through this page to see all of the preschool activities for your theme or click the link below to go to specific preschool activity types you are looking for.

Quilts Theme Art Activities

Paint a Square

Materials needed: white fabric squares, fabric paint, sturdy paper or tagboard

Attach fabric squares to sturdy paper (tagboard, the back of notebooks, cardboard, etc.) using hot glue around the edges.  Let dry.

Using the fabric paint, the children make their own designs on a fabric square.

Be sure to add their name either in fabric paint or black marker to the front of their square.

When complete, hang the squares together on a posterboard or on your wall to make a classroom quilt.

Hang the following poem near the quilt!

With out hands we made this quilt.

We each made a special part, 

To show you the friendship that we share,

Warms each little heart

Felt Square Quilt

Materials Needed: felt squares in a variety of colors, craft glue, miscellaneous arts and crafts supplies (sequins, yarn, stickers, etc.)

The children each choose a color and decorate the square.  Be sure to add their name.

Display as described in the above activity.


Let the children make their own pillow to go along with your quilts theme!

Materials needed:  Pillow cases (white), pillow form shapes or polyfill, fabric paint, pieces of sturdy cardboard.

Cut the pillowcases so they are the size of the pillow form (about half the size of a standard pillow case.  You could use 1 pillow case for every 2 pillows by cutting the case in half and sewing one of the open ends.)

Place cardboard inside the pillow case (this prevents the fabric paint from bleeding into the fabric and onto the other side.

Let the children decorate one side one day and the opposite side a day or two later (once side one is dry).

Once both sides are dry, remove cardboard and have children insert pillow forms or polyfill.

Sew open ends closed.  Enjoy!

NOTE:  In advance, ask for donations of white pillowcases and polyfill or pillow forms from families.


Materials needed:  Any scrapbooking materials or supplies you and/or your families have at home; glue; construction paper; one picture of each child.

The children place their picture on the paper color of their choice (use tape, glue might make the ink bleed if you printed from your computer).

They use the supplies to decorate this page about them using stickers and other supplies.

Hang them as a quilt in your classroom.

Coffee Filter Quilts

Materials needed: large, white coffee filters, colored markers, spray water bottles or pipettes and cups of water.

In advance, cut the coffee filters into square shapes.

The children color the filters.

When done, they spray with the water bottles or drop water on them with pipettes.

The water makes the colors spread throughout the filter.  

The children will want to make a load of these!  

NOTE:  Before they begin coloring, print their name on the filter with a blue or black ball point pen.

Handprint Quilt

Materials needed:  Squares of fabric or paper (different colors); fingerpaint; colored markers; finger paint paper

In advance, set up finger paint paper at the art table.

Have the children print their name as best they can on the bottom or top of a square with their color choice of marker.

One at a time, help the children dip their hand into the color of finger paint they want and press their hand print onto their square.

Set aside to dry and direct each child over to the art table for some fun finger painting!

When dry, hang in your classroom in a quilt pattern.

Posterboard Group Quilts

Materials needed:  Large posterboard, black marker, ruler, colored markers

In advance, draw squares on the posterboard with the black marker and ruler.

In groups of 3 or 4, the children choose a square and decorate it.

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Quilts Theme Block Center Ideas

3-D Quilt

Provide small and large colored, square blocks to your block area to make a floor-sized quilt!

Quilt Patterns

Add bristle blocks to the block area for the children to build patterns with for their cars, animals, etc.

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Quilts Theme Circle Time Ideas

Circle Time is such a great time for children to learn the social skills of being together as a large group AND to learn more about your quilts theme!

I Spy

Materials Needed:  If you have asked families to bring in quilts to display from home (see Miscellaneous Activities at the bottom of the page), place them folded, on the floor, throughout your classroom.

Play I Spy by describing the patterns on a quilt for the children to find.

If you do not have quilts in the classroom, look for patterns in your room to play a traditional game of I Spy.


What a great theme to sing lullabies!  Many of our children do not know the classic lullabies!

Here are a few to get you started:

Hush Little Baby  
This is a great one to use props with!

Hush, little baby, don't say a word.

Papa's gonna buy you a mockingbird

And if that mockingbird won't sing,

Papa's gonna buy you a diamond ring

And if that diamond ring turns brass,

Papa's gonna buy you a looking glass

And if that looking glass gets broke,

Papa's gonna buy you a billy goat

And if that billy goat won't pull,

Papa's gonna buy you a cart and bull

And if that cart and bull turn over,

Papa's gonna buy you a dog named Rover

And if that dog named Rover won't bark

Papa's gonna buy you a horse and cart

And if that horse and cart fall down,

You'll still be the sweetest little baby in town.

Brahms's Lullaby
(Lullaby and Goodnight)

Lullaby and goodnight, with roses bedight

With lilies o'er spread is baby's wee bed

Lay thee down now and rest, may thy slumber be blessed

Lay thee down now and rest, may thy slumber be blessed

Lullaby and goodnight, thy mother's delight

Bright angels beside my darling abide

They will guard thee at rest, thou shalt wake on my breast

They will guard thee at rest, thou shalt wake on my breast

Rock-a-Bye Baby

(I have taken license to change the word "come" to "float" as I had a preschooler once who was worried that his bed would break and fall through the floor!)

Rock-a-bye baby, in the treetop

When the wind blows, the cradle will rock

When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall

And down will float baby, cradle and all

Toora, Loora, Loora

Toora, loora, loora

Toora, loora, li

Toora, loora, loora

Hush, now, don't you cry

Toora, loora, loora

Toora, loora, li

Toora, loora, loora

It's an Irish lullaby

Over in Killarney, many years ago

My mother sang this song to me in tones so sweet and low

Just a simple little ditty in her good old Irish way

And I'd give the world if she could sing that song to me this day

Toora, loora, loora

Toora, loora, li

Toora, loora, loora

Hush, now, don't you cry

Toora, loora, loora

Toora, loora, li

Toora, loora, loora

It's an Irish lullaby

What's Sleeping Under the Quilt

This is a favorite game....the "What's Missing" game!

Place items in front of you for the children to name.  They could be theme related (such as a pillow, toothbrush, pajamas, slippers, etc.) or just random classroom items.

Cover the items with a quilt and remove one without the children seeing the item you remove.

Uncover and let them guess what is missing.

Our kids get pretty good at this!  We play for quite a while and finally, I cover the items and remove the ALL! 

The "Q" Sound

Saying the "Q" sound /qu/ (or kwuh) is tough.....practice saying just this sound!

Try replacing the first letter of each child's name with this sound:



See what words they can come up with that begin with "Q":







Ways to Keep Warm

Materials needed:  large sheet paper, marker, colored squares of paper, tape.

In advance, place a large piece of sheet paper at your circle area.

Draw a few columns.

In the far, left column, list each child's name.

At circle ask the children to name ways to keep warm.

List each of their responses at the top of the columns (beginning with the column to the right of the name column).

When done, place a bowl with the colored squares in the middle of circle.

Discuss each "way to keep warm".  Then ask the children which of them stay warm this way?  Have them tape a square next to their name in that column.

Some responses may be:

blankets (quilts)






Graph With Squares

Continue this square graphing each morning!  Decide on a question and have the children graph it:

Some suggestions are:

Eye color

Hair color

Pets/no pets

Come to school in a bus or a car/truck

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Snack Ideas to Cook Up for Your Quilts Theme!

Cooking with children helps develop their math skills and helps them to learn how to follow directions. It also allows for some great conversation! Ask many questions while cooking with your children to encourage conversation! Be sure to ask specific themed questions while making these fun snacks!

Quilts Theme Cheese and Crackers

Materials needed:  variety of square crackers and squares of cheese

The children create their own Cheese Cracker Quilt Square!

EXTENSION:  The children could try each type of cheese and you can graph it on a chart!

Quilts Theme Graham Cracker Quilt Square

Materials needed: graham crackers, spread (cream cheese, frosting, etc.) and food items to decorate with (fruit, sprinkles)

Quilts Theme Toast Quilts

Materials needed:  bread, toaster, jelly/jam (or butter or cream cheese); fruit

Have the children help you to wash and cut the fruit (blueberries, strawberries, kiwi, banana)

They decorate their toast by making a pattern on it with the fruit.

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Quilts Theme Ideas to Transform Your Dramatic Play Area

Good Night Room!

Add pillows, blankets, quilts, flashlights, books and stuffed animals to this area.....and perhaps a tent?!

House Area Quilts Theme

Add babies and blankets and quilts to your house area and show the children how to wrap or swaddle babies in blankets to keep them warm.

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Quilts Theme Ideas for Your Easel--

More Than Just Painting (Although that is always THE favorite in our classroom!)

Triangles and Squares

2 Triangles put together= 1 Square!  You will see this throughout your Quilts theme.

In advance, draw triangles and squares on white easel paper using white crayons (bear down when drawing).  

When the children paint, the paint will not adhere to the wax from the crayon and will show these shapes!

Triangles and Squares

Encourage the children to makes these shapes all over or within their paintings.

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Quilts Theme Large Group Games

that help build their muscles while they have fun together

Quilts Theme "Q" Walk

Draw large upper and lower case "Q"s with chalk for the children to walk and balance on. 

Use tape for indoor walks.

Parachute Games

You can use a parachute or a quilt to play some of your favorite parachute games!

Quick.........then slow

Make a letter Q on a paper and the letter S on the opposite side.

Talk with the children about "speed":  that it means how fast (or conversely how slow) something is going.

What word do you think this letter Q could mean?  (quick)

What about this letter?  Yes, it is an S.  (slow)

Tell them you will pick a movement.  They will need to do that movement QUICKLY when you hold up the Q and then SLOWLY when you are showing the S.

Some suggestions:  hopping on two feet; on one foot; skipping; walking; running; turning around; squatting, etc.

VARIATION:  You choose the first movement.  Then let each child take a turn choosing a movement and, perhaps, holding the Q/S card!

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Quilts Theme Ideas for Your Library Area

Literacy Ideas for your Quilts Theme

Quilted Books??

Yes!  You will find many cloth books either at your library or from parents that they can lend you.  Be sure to wash them before and after use.

Flannel Board Fun

Add a flannel board and many colored felt squares (multiples of each color).  Encourage the children to make their own quilt pattern using them.

More Flannel Board Fun

Attach dryer sheets or velcro to the backs of wallpaper sample squares (you may be able to get these donated to you from stores that sell it from their discontinued books).

The children make their own quilt designs on the flannel board.

Book Suggestions for your Quilts Theme for the Library

Elmer by David McKee
Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
Luka's Quilt by Georgia Guback
Kiki's Blankie by Janie Bynum
Mooshka, A Quilt Story by Julie Paschkis
Oma's Quilt by Paulette Bourgeois and Stephane Jorisch
The Patchwork Quilt by Valerie Flournoy
The Quilt by Ann Jonas
Quilt Alphabet by Lesa Cline-Ransome
Quilt Counting by Lesa Cline-Ransome

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Quilt Theme Activities to Help Your Preschoolers Develop Their Math Skills AND Their Fine Motor Skills!

Quilts have so many patterns.  This is a great theme to pull out all your activities that involve patterns!

Bead Lacing

Pull out your large, wooden lacing beads for the children to lace patterns with.

Tangram Patterns

Do not expect your kids to create the designs that come with these kits right away.

Be sure to give them the time to explore that they need.

Some ways to use them progressively:

1.  Provide primary colored bowls for the children to sort them by color.

2.  Create basic patterns for your children to work on directly on the table (blue, green, blue green or hexagon, triangle, hexagon, triangle).

3.  Create or use basic pattern cards (not designs) for your children to place the shapes on.  There is a lot going on with this:  color and shape recognition, eye-hand coordination- matching, etc.

4.  Place the cards with the designs on them out with the tangrams.  Just let the children go for it.  This is not as easy for them as it may seem. Looking at a shape and figuring out how the shape fits on the card takes time, like puzzles!

Make Squares for your Quilts Theme

Provide only triangle shapes (either tangrams or pre-cut construction paper of different colors).

Let the children make their own patterns and discover that 2 triangles= 1 square!

If you use pre-cut construction paper triangles, let them glue designs onto a plain white paper!

NOTE:  Do you have a parent who is always looking for a way to help?  Have them cut out shapes!!!!  You'll go through a lot during the year if you have them available!

Shape Lacing

Purchase (or make your own!) Shape cards for the children to lace.

Design Sorting

Provide a large variety of wallpaper squares for the children to match and sort.

Felt Matching

In advance, cut small shapes out of felt (parent help is great for this!).

Place large squares of the different colors of felt on the table.

Place bowls with the different colored mini shapes.  

The children can sort by placing the mini shapes on the correct color.

EXTENSION:  Cut the large pieces of felt into large shapes.  The children can now sort the mini shapes by color onto the correct large shape of the same color!

Matching Colors and Numbers

Materials needed:  colored construction paper or wallpaper samples cut into large squares; smaller squares (many of them!)

Program some large quilt squares by printing numbers on them. (Based on the number recognition level your children are at).

Under the number, draw the correct number of dots on the quilt squares as well.

The children then place the correct number of smaller squares on the programmed squares.

Table Games for a Quilts Theme

Add some patterning type games to your math center this week such as:

Connect 4 Game

Dominoes Click N' Play Set )This set is awesome! It has 300-piece pieces, are 100% Real Wooden Domino Blocks and are great to use as a racing toy game or a building and stacking game!)

Colors & Shapes Bingo Game

Numbers Bingo Game
I recommend two sets of each so all the children who want to play can play!)

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Quilts Theme Music & Movement Activities to Get Your Preschoolers Movin' and Groovin'!

Musical Triangles and Squares

Pull out all of your musical instruments.

Talk about triangles and square shapes and how often you see them in quilts!

Then, hold up each instrument and ask if it is a triangle or square.

If it is, put it aside.  If it is not, it will go back in the box.

When done, hand out the instruments for a triangle/square parade!

Musical Squares

This is like musical chairs except!

In advance make 2 squares from each color of construction paper that you have.

Tape 1 of each color to a chair.

Hand the others out to the children.

Play music.  When the music stops, they all need to find a chair that has their colored square on it and sit on the chair.

Switch the colors up and play again!

Square Instruments

Materials needed:  As many recyclable square containers as you have children and large craft sticks.

The children decorate the container as they want.

Hand them each a large craft stick and make up their own instrument and how to use it!

Pull out some miscellaneous arts and crafts supplies for decorating as well!

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Quilts Theme Activities for Your Sand and Water Table!

Quilting Textures

Fill your sensory table with squares of fabrics that have different textures such as:  burlap, felt, batting, polyfill pieces, sandpaper squares, satin, cotton, etc.

Wet Batting

Add water, quilt batting and scissors to your table for the children to cut some wet batting.  Great to develop those hand muscles!

Floating Quilt Theme Squares

This is like a sink or float activity.

Provide different types of squares such as:  wood blocks, construction paper, aluminum foil, fabric, tangrams, (anything that is square shaped!).

Do the items sink or float?

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Quilts Theme Science Activities--
For Your Preschool Scientists in Training!

Patchwork Magnetic Boards

Materials needed:  Paper, black marker, laminator or wide, clear packing tape or contact paper; circle magnets and magnet wands.

In advance, draw different shapes on each piece of paper (8 X 11 construction paper works great!).  

Within the shapes, draw circles the size of the circle magnets you have.

Laminate the papers.

Give the children the circle magnets and magnet wands.  They place the magnets on the circles and then remove them with the magnet wands.

EXTENSION:  In small groups, encourage them to only put magnets in the rectangles, or the squares, or the triangles that are on that page.

Tie Dye Squares

Materials needed:  White cotton and colored markers

Cut the fabric into large squares.

Let the children draw and color on them.

The markers will "bleed out" into the fabric making some very fun patchwork designs!

Sewing Machine

Bring in a sewing machine and in small groups (I did 2 at a time), show them how it works and let them help you sew two pieces of fabric together!

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Writing Activity Ideas for Your Quilts Theme!

Sticky Quilt

Provide different colors of sticky square notes for the children to write on! 

Our children LOVED these! They wrote notes to each other, labeled items in the room, printed letters and words on them, and also made a name quilt (each child printed their name and stuck it on the wall!).

Quilts Theme Shape Tracing

Having control over the muscles in your hands is a pre-writing skill. Providing activities to help children develop these muscles is essential.

Provide laminated papers that have shapes on them.  Provide low-odor dry erase markers and washcloths.

The children can use these over and over to practice!

The Letter Q

Q, or any rounded letter, is a difficult letter to make.  Block letters come more easily to preschoolers.

Make a bunch of Q papers and laminate and provide low-odor dry erase markers as in the above activity!

More Dry Erase for your Quilts Theme!

Make pages with squares that have basic designs to help the children develop their hand muscles and their eye-hand coordination (both necessary pre-writing skills).

Make squares that have:

  • Diagonal lines going from top left to bottom right
  • Diagonal lines going from top right to bottom left
  • Zig Zag designs
  • Circles in the square
  • Straight lines going from left to right.
  • Straight lines going from top to bottom.

Do A Dot

 Not only are they fun, but they are a great way to teach the children about the pressure they apply with their hand muscles...too much pressure and the ink will pool or puddle, not enough and they won't make a circle.

Do A Dot or Bingo daubers are a favorite at our writing table!

Again, developing control over the muscles requires activities that allow them to practice.

It will be tempting to tell them HOW to use them, but don't!

The only rule that we have is no banging them on the table--it will break the sponge tops.

Click Here to Check Them Out!

If a child is continually pressing and watching the ink/paint come out, they are learning about pressure!  Talk to him/her about what is happening and why, rather than saying "Don't do that, you're making a mess."  

You are a preschool teacher and as such, you know.......learning IS oftentimes messy!  

Let the children use them to make their own patchwork designs.

When done, place them together on the wall as a quilt (let them dry first or you'll have stained walls!).

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Misellaneous Activities for Your Quilts Theme!

Borrow Quilts

Ask parents to send in clean quilts from home to display around the room for the week.

Memory Quilt

Send home a large square of fabric (have a basket with many choices in them for the parent and child to choose from).

The families work together to draw, paint or glue onto the fabric things that remind them of family:  pictures, musical notes if they like to sing, bicycles if they like to ride, sand if they like to go to the beach, etc.

At the end of the week, have them return them.

Glue each one onto cardboard and attach the cardboard onto posterboard, printing the child's name under each one.

You could use this for "show and tell" each day, having a few children come up and describe their square to their friends.

Hang it up for a few weeks for all to enjoy.  Send home the squares with the children when done.

Quilting Group

Many churches or senior centers have quilting groups that get together weekly, biweekly or monthly.

Ask and call around.

Ask if a few ladies will come and show their quilts to your little ones and talk about them!  Perhaps they might even read  story to the children!

Donation Quilt Theme Bulletin Board

On a bulletin board, attach different colored squares of sticky notes on it to look like a patchwork quilt.

On each square, list an item that you need for your classroom (paper, glue sticks, scissors, etc.).

The families take a square and bring in the item.

VARIATION:  If you are doing a service project, use the squares to list the needs of the agency you are helping.

Some service projects might be Food Shelters, Humane Societies, Coat/Mitten drives, etc.

PJ and Hot Cocoa and a Movie Day

Well of course!  How could you NOT with this theme!  ;)

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Go to the Friendship Theme Page for ideas to combine with this Quilts Theme!
Go to the Pajamas Theme Page for ideas to combine with this theme!

Go to MAIN THEMES Page for more theme ideas!

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