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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Elizabeth Street

ARTS AND CRAFTS FOR KIDS: MAKE A SIMPLE PAPER QUILT

Feb 21, 2013
Make a paper quilt for black history month

Supplies: Show Way Book, Paper (I used Washi Origami), Canvas, Yarn, Glue

Make a paper quilt for black history month

First, read the book Show Way to give kids a better understanding of this project. 

Make a paper quilt for black history month

Have children decide where they want to go and how they will use symbols to show how to get there.

Make a paper quilt for black history month

Cut out symbols.

Make a paper quilt for black history month

Glue paper patches to canvas and divide the squares with yarn.

Make a paper quilt for black history month

Display with the book.

Arts and Crafts for Kids: Make a Simple Paper Quilt

Earlier this week, we featured Newbery Honor Book Show Way  as one of the 10 best children’s books to celebrate black history. The book describes the story of slaves who used quilts as maps to freedom. Each patch held a secret meaning to help them on their journey north. The heroine of the book, Mathis, made quilts to show where start, how to find the North Star, and which direction to take at crossways. (Hence the name “show way” quilt.) In this arts and crafts project for kids, children will make their own quilts out of paper. Working in groups of four, each team will decide where they want to go and what symbols to use on each patch. Instructions are in the slideshow. Think of it as art for kids with lessons from Black History Month to boot. Sharon Beesley


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