Family Picture Quilt
A lesson in your own history is the secret treasure of this project.
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What you need:
- family photographs and memorabilia
- postcards and greeting cards
- old magazines
- glue and tape
- construction paper in a variety of colors
What to do:
- Ask your child to think specifically about things that are important to him. Then, send him (and any siblings) on a hunt around the house for favorite photographs and memorabilia. Make available old photos, greeting cards, and vacation postcards.
- Together, cut out pictures from magazines that represent things your child loves or general family interests. Glue pictures onto differently colored pieces of paper that you will put together to make a quilt. Older children can work with younger ones to make the patches for the quilt, create drawings, or even write their thoughts on a patch.
- Using tape, help your child put the pieces of the quilt together, and hang the collaborative creation in a special place. Explain that people make quilts out of things that are special to them and that quilts are a way to celebrate special events, friends, and family.
- inspires exploration of your family background and traditions
- sparks discussion about how memories are preserved
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