As a teacher you are always looking for something short, but Christmassy to do with your student that isn’t just sit and color or make snowflakes. Making a Christmas Quilt while reading the book Angel Pig and the Hidden Christmas is just this activity.
This makes for a FANTASTIC classroom activity but can easily be fitted for homeschoolers or kids at home like we chose to do. You’ll need to buy or rent “Angel Pig and the Hidden Christmas” by Jan Waldron. We had a difficult time finding it at a decent price or even finding it at the library. It is a story about a family of pigs who have no money and cannot afford Christmas gifts. They learn that Christmas doesn’t come from buying things but comes from the heart and so they make a Christmas quilt to give to their friends as gifts as well as other handmade items.
Angel Pig Activity Materials Needed:
1. Angel Pig and the Hidden Christmas book By. Jan Waldren
2. 2 pre-cut white squares for each child
3. 8 pack of crayons (Make sure they all have the same colors.)
4. Two large colored sheets of paper to make your quilt on.
5. Tape or glue stick.
Begin the activity by handing out two pieces of white squares for each child and a pack of crayons. Once these items are out, explain to the students that you are going to read a book and while the book is read to them they need to color two separate Christmas pictures: Santa, a Christmas tree, wreath, candy cane, etc.
Also encourage the students to fill every part of the square paper with color of some kind. Explain that while you are reading the book to them they will color and look up when you say “Picture”. At the end of the book talk with the students about what the meaning of Christmas was for the Pig family.
Next have one student come up at a time with their two squares. Take one of each square and tape or glue it in a quilt like pattern on the large colored sheet of paper. After each quilt square is taped on write a message to two separate people and give them the quilt as a Christmas card. Our 2nd grade classroom gave these as gifts to the other 2nd grade classrooms. Our kids made their Christmas quilt for their magical elf Sam.