My daughter had a Colonial Day at school last week, and I was a lucky mom to lead a paper quilling workshop. It’s the school’s first time running the paper quilling activity for Colonial Day and I’ve received many compliments for my set up 🙂 I had about two weeks to prepare and I wish I had more time making paper quilling samples.
I ran eleven workshops consist of 9-10 4th-graders. 20 minutes each. I ran different craft activities with kids in the past, and 4th graders were so much easier to teach. Some kids were bored and rude at times, but most of them behaved and worked on paper quilling better than I imagined.
I could not sleep the night before the Colonial Day and decided to write a page worth of paper quilling history that I was going to speak at the beginning of each workshop. After running a few workshops, I realized kids did not have enough time to quill nor interested in the history. So I ended up just showing them a feather and explained the word “paper quilling” came from England when they used the quill of a feather to roll the strips of papers. That was a much easier presentation for my broken English.
I created the basic paper quilling shape charts for the kids. I felt this was the very basic shapes that were easy enough for 4th-graders to handle at a given time. A few kids per group were able to finish the basic chart on time. Those kids were given more paper strips and an index card to create more shapes.
Initially, we were going to cut construction papers with a guillotine cutter but ended up purchasing the paper quilling strips. I feel like 7mm size worked the best for the kids.
I had three volunteers to help with the table set-up and teach kids how to paper quill. One volunteer per two kids would be ideal since many kids had a hard time starting the coil.
Most of the kids used lollipop sticks to quill their papers.
Paper Quilling Supplies for Colonial Day Activity
- Basic paper quilling shapes chart for kids (Printed on an 8.5 x 11 paper then cut it in half)
- Lollipop stick
- Toothpicks (To quill and to apply glue)
- Glue pad – cut cardboard box, about 2×3″. Can be used for more than one workshop.
- Liquid glue (Kids used Elmers Glue, but I prefer Tacky Glue)
- 5-10 quilling paper strips per kid
- Index card
- Pens, markers (To make “ring coil” shape)
- Baby wipes
- Bag for kids store their creation
- Sharpie to write the name on the bag