Thanksgiving Quilt Cooperative Art

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A collaborative art project where the work of many is combined to create one work of art.

By Yamilka J. Sena


  • The student will create and communicate a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas using knowledge of structures and functions of visual arts.
  • The student will demonstrate independence in self-expression by actively participating in class assignments and by developing an original body of art work.
  • The students will express themselves by decorating a piece of felt with the things they are thankful for.

What You Need:

  • Thanksgiving by Miriam Nerlove (Book link)
  • Felt, cut 9″ by 11″ for each student (or paper)
  • A large piece of fabric
  • Various colors of construction paper
  • Fabric glue or hot glue
  • Scissors
  • Markers/color pencils
  • Paint/brushes
  • Writing utensils

What You Do:

Read Thanksgiving by Miriam Nerlove to the class.

Begin the lesson by brainstorming a class list of things the students are thankful for.

Provide each student with a 9″ by 11″ felt square.

Explain to the students to create a quilt square that shows what they are thankful for.

Students can draw out pictures of things, people or symbols. Encourage students to be as creative and inventive as possible.

When each student has completed their quilt square, the teacher can use fabric glue or hot glue to adhere it to a large piece of fabric.

Once quilt is completed, students will go up in front of the class and briefly what their pieces of felt signify.

Teacher should hold up the quilt while students talk about their square.

Home Learning/Homework:

The students will write a paragraph using the following prompt: “I am thankful for…”

Family Involvement:

The students will share their paragraphs will all of their family members by reading it to them on Thanksgiving night.